The Amsterdam Light Festival – A Spectacle of Colors, Lights, and Art

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Amsterdam Light Festival

Winter is the ideal time to visit Amsterdam owing to the pleasant climate here and the fact that several events are organized in the city in the winter season. The end of November will unfold a new yet highly popular event in the city known as the Amsterdam Light Festival.

It is a true delight for the senses if you wish to tour Amsterdam at the end of this month. This is a festival of numerous art installations in the center of the city and its canals.

Currently in its fifth edition, visiting the Amsterdam Lights Festival is an incredible opportunity for you to view the light artworks of renowned artists from around the world. The light sculptures and installation will be positioned across the Canal Ring, the Amstel River, and other prominent locations during the event. Besides the artworks, there will be various special events, performances, and workshops from artists in and around.

Experiencing the Festival

The winter cold combined with the dose of lights artworks around the canals will sure guarantee you with a rewarding experience. The light sculptures positioned near the canals are reflected in the waters of the canal offering that provides a pleasing sight. It will only take roughly an hour to cover the city center where many of the installations are displayed.

You can also opt for cruising the canals in order to witness the light shows. The Water Color cruises are one specialty and provide an overall view of the Amsterdam Light Festival. Yet another notable attraction is ‘the Illuminade’, which is a walking path consisting of light sculptures near the Old Town Canals.


The Amsterdam Light festival will take place at various locations across the canal ring and extend to the Keizersgracht canal. Numerous other special events will be hosted near the famous Hortus Botanicus and the Frankendael Park. You can take part in the boating via the Water Colors route that begins and ends at the Central Station.

The water exposition of Amsterdam Light Festival will begin on November 30 and ends on January 21, 2018. The land exposition starts from December 4 to January 7, 2018. The festival will run for a total of 53 days and will feature the notable works of several international artists.

Tickets and Timings

You can visit the major attractions of the festival like ‘The Illuminade’ free of charge. However, you need to purchase tickets if you wish to go for the boat cruise along the Water Colors route. The walking route is open to the visitors every evening from 05:00 pm to 10:00 pm. However, the water exposition will remain open until 11:00 pm.