From November 28, 2019 until January 19, 2020 the Amsterdam Light Festival shines a spotlight on the capital of the Netherlands – quite literally. During the dark and cozy winter months, the city lights up with breathtaking light installations. Take a canal cruise to experience this from up close.
National and international artists have created 25 one-of-a-kind works of art, most of which were commissioned and produced specifically for this annual event. With the reflection of these artworks sparkling and glistening on the surface of the water, the famous canals of Amsterdam make for a perfect background for the festival.
Find the perfect cruise with our 3 unique options
As the proud founding partner of the Amsterdam Light Festival, we’re very excited to offer you the chance to experience this breathtaking event from the water. Because – let’s be honest – the city is at its most beautiful from this perspective. Never has this been truer than during this period: many of the illuminated artworks and installations are located right along the water and create a magical interplay between light and water with their sparkling reflections.
To give you the perfect view of this spectacle, we’ve created the best route, a boat tour that goes on the canals and waterways of the capital. Are you looking to get the best perspective on the art and enjoy the festival up close? Come and join us on one of our special canal cruises!
This edition, we’ve got three options for you, each with their own charm: a Amsterdam Light Festival canal cruise, an Amsterdam Light Festival open boat tour and a combination ticket for a cruise and an attraction of your choice at a special discount price.
Are you planning a special celebration or do you want to organize a big outing out of the ordinary? Then take a look at our cruises for private groups during the Light Festival!
Festival combination tickets to an Amsterdam attraction
This year, you can choose to put a little cherry on top of the light festival, as we’ve added a number of exciting experiences to the mix. With our special combination tickets, you enjoy access to such quintessentially Dutch attractions such as This Is Holland or the A’DAM LOOKOUT at an advantageous discount price.
Early bird discount and special offers
We even offer a special early bird discount for all early adopters and light festival enthusiasts who want to book their Amsterdam Light Festival Canal Cruise ticket before everyone else does. If you order these tickets, you get another discount on top of the advantageous online discount.
Missed out on the early bird tickets? Don’t worry, there’s yet another chance to get your hands on special tickets! If you book tickets for our Late Night Special (between 8 and 9.30 PM), you receive an extra discount rate.
All our tickets include the festival fee required to stroll through and explore the festival area, so that you won’t be bothered with extra costs.
Fascinating festival theme
The theme of this year’s eighth festival edition is Disrupt! While disruption is generally seen as something inconvenient and negative, a sudden disturbance also has potential to create a lot of positive change and open up a world of possibilities beyond your wildest dreams.
And what better way to create a disruption than through the power of art? Admire beautifully realized and thought-provoking light installations that will mesmerize and remind you of our collective impact on the world at the same time – both good and bad.
What makes this festival so particularly striking is that the city itself becomes a big part of the exhibition. Amsterdam is full of buildings and places both historical and modern that are closely tied to the theme of Disrupt! in various ways.
This means that while you’re discovering and taking in the various installation and artworks, you’ll also catch a glimpse of the various disruptions Amsterdam has gone through over the years, decades, and centuries and discover how these have shaped our capital into the fascinating city it is today.
Check out the Frequently Asked Questions for more information about our cruise during the festival period.