Every year, the city of Amsterdam organises the Amsterdam Light Festival. From 28 November 2019 until 19 January 2020 the canal belt of Amsterdam lights up with spectacular light sculptures, projections and art installations. The Amsterdam Light Festivals is best enjoyed on a canal cruise, a guided walking tour or bike tour.
Amsterdam Light Festival 2019-2020
In 2019, the Amsterdam Light Festival is from 28 November 2019 until 19 January 2020. International and national artists have created 25 spectacular light sculptures especially for the light exhibition in the canals of Amsterdam. This year’s theme is ‘Disrupt’. The light art installations illuminate every day from 5 pm until 11 pm. The Festival for light art in Amsterdam is in open air and so free for everyone. Great opportunity to take impressive photos!
Amsterdam Light Festival Canal Cruise
The best way to see the Amsterdam Light Festival is by Canal Cruise. The basic canal boat tour (€19,50) during the Amsterdam Light Festival takes you to see the light sculptures, but there is only an audio guide on board. Below you will find canal cruises that have a good guide on board, who knows more about the art works. And there are warm drinks!
Guided Walking Tour
The Amsterdam Light Festival can also be enjoyed walking along the canal. This is especially recommended when you want to take photos, which is not so easy from a moving boat! If you want to know more about the art and the artists, I recommend a guided walking tour along the art sculptures of the Amsterdam Light Festival.
Amsterdam Light Festival by Bike
The Amsterdam Light Festival is also good to visit by bike. Along the canals, the traffic is not dangerous, but you will have to go up the steep bridges! On this bike tour you will be guided by a guide from the Amsterdam Light Festival who can tell you more about the spectacular light installations.
Map of the Amsterdam Lights Festival route
The art works of light from the Amsterdam Festival of Light are visible also when walking along the Keizersgracht canal.
More special events
During the Amsterdam Light Festival, various activities will be organised such as walking events, exhibitions, concerts and film screenings. Keep up to date with special events at our Amsterdam Events Calendar 2019.