Amsterdam Light Festival - Carre Theatre
Amsterdam Light Festival - Carre Theatre

The beautiful city of Amsterdam is the center of this artistic spectacle of light. The Amsterdam Light Festival starts in 1 December 2017, and it will run until 21 January 2018, putting the city’s gorgeous water canals in the spotlight.

The City That Turns Into A Museum

Amsterdam Light Festival - Display
Amsterdam Light Festival Display

The 2017/2018 is the fifth edition of the annual celebration. It will host artwork from Dutch and international artists that contribute designing site-specific light sculptures around the Canal Ring, the River Amstel and other singular locations.

Amsterdam Light Festival
Amsterdam Light Festival

There are dedicated canal tours and a walking route that gives you a great look at the assorted illuminated pieces. There are also guided tours and extensive side programs.

A World Renowned Art Contest

Amsterdam Light Festival - Interactive Installation
Amsterdam Light Festival Interactive Installation

More than 1800 artists applied in 2017’s Call for Concepts. This ended included 900 entries by renowned designers, architects and artists, from 45 different nations all over the world. The 2017 display will show 35 artworks, including ‘thinline’, a piece done by one of the most celebrated Chinese artists and activist Ai Weiwei.

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Amsterdam Light Festival Bridge Installation

Starting from December 1, 2017 until January 21, 2018 the artworks will shine a light on the center of Amsterdam for 53 uninterrupted days. Visitors can see the water display by booking a Water Colors cruise or check out the new land exhibition at the Marineterrein Amsterdam.

Choosing The Perfect Way To Enjoy The Amsterdam Light Festival

Amsterdam Light Festival - Canals
Amsterdam Light Festival Canals

Amsterdam turns into a real-life fairy tale city. The art will embellish the Canal Ring, the River Amstel and a number of other locations around the town, which transforms the already stunning night-time views to a completely new realm. And the best way to get the best view in the festival is through the Colors Cruises.

Amsterdam Light Festival - Park installation
Amsterdam Light Festival Park Installation

Festival visitors can also see the art installations on foot. The 15km Amsterdam Light Walk (that starts on December 27) or they can go on one of the many Artifex Art guided walks tours which is the best ways to enjoy the interactive and inventive installations real close. The city also schedules varied activities and events in places such as museums, theatres, restaurants, shops and other locations in Amsterdam.

Taking A Ride In The Water Colors Cruise

Amsterdam Light Festival - City Canals at Night
City Canals at Night

Tourists and locals can have the best view of the artwork glittering across the water by taking a ride on the famous Water Colors Cruise boat. As they sail down the canals, visitors can pass tens of illuminated works of art, while listening to an on-board summary of each piece (in both English or Dutch).

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Amsterdam Light Festival Art Display

Along with the ride, the magnificent view and the informative descriptions, tourist can also enjoy a cup of hot chocolate. This tour departs in a set scheduled that goes from 16:30 to 21:30, and it lasts 75 minutes. The cruise leaves from Stromma, Central Station.

Fun For Large Groups

Amsterdam Light Festival - Art installation
Amsterdam Light Festival Art Installation

The Light Festival is a wonderful place to have a great time in a large group. You can plan a trip with the whole family or plan a big group outing to close the year with colleagues.

The sparkling lights and the comfy atmosphere of the Water Color cruise is a great setting to any event, particularly when it can be enjoyed with a delicious dinner, yummy appetizers and an exquisite glass of wine. Search for special offers in group packages.