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Tickets for Amsterdam Light Festival from Central Station

Enjoy the best of the festival from the comfort of a canal boat

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± 75 minutes
Starting time
Departs from Central Station every 20 minutes between 17:00 and 22:20
  • Be one of the first to see the spectacular sculptures of the Amsterdam Light Festival from an angle you won't see on a walking tour
  • Stay warm in the comfort of a heated cruise boat, with a Dutch or English audio guide to explain the sights
  • Witness the work of Amsterdam-based artist Jeroen Henneman, this year's guest of honor, and his amazing 'standing drawings'

Experience Amsterdam in a different light. Literally. This year, the Amsterdam Light Festival's theme is ‘The Medium is the Message’ - the famous statement by Canadian scientist Marshall McLuhan. Take in this light-spectacular from the comfort of a canal boat.

The Amsterdam Light Festival 2018 consists of over 30 sculptures crafted from twinkling lights, and dotted throughout the city. This exhibition will be illuminating the waterfront from 29 November to 20 January, turning the city into a glittering wonderland. This is one of the best times to take a canal boat tour of Amsterdam.

The idea behind McLuhan's statement is that the medium we use to send a message is more important than the message itself. See if you agree as you float around the storybook canals in the reflections of custom artworks - all created by select international artists.

There's also the sculptures that look like 'standing drawings' by this year's guest of honor, Amsterdam-based artist Jeroen Henneman.

A DJ will be playing on the departure dock during the Amsterdam Light Festival, so you'll be swept up with the atmosphere straight away. Listen to the audio guide in Dutch or English as you snuggle up and see Amsterdam like you've never seen it before.

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What's included
  • 75-minute Water Colors Cruise
  • Audio guide in English and Dutch
  • Food and drinks
  • Show your smartphone ticket at the dock 10-15 mins before your chosen departure time
  • Departure is from the Lovers Canal Cruise dock, right beside the ticket shop, Prins Hendrikkade 25
  • The timeslot you book is just an estimate. Depending on the time of day and demand, your actual cruise time may vary

Cancellations are not possible for this ticket.

Canal Cruise Amsterdam
Prins Hendrikkade 25, 1012 TM, Amsterdam
Key info
Audio guide
English and Dutch
Insider tip

Yes, it might be a bit cold, but you'll enjoy the cruise a lot more if you sit in the back, where the boat is partially open. Just make sure to wrap up warm!

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Dec 9, 2018
Dec 8, 2018
Good toyr. Comfortable boat. Very friendly staff.
Dec 6, 2018
It was nice seeing the light artworks. Nice explanation from audio guide. It is worth doing it!
Dec 5, 2018
The light festival was a great experience -
beautiful pieces of art. Our tour guide in the boat was super fun and told educative stories. Highly recommended to visitors of Amsterdam and also locals who didn't try it out!
Dec 2, 2018
Cruising the canals at night is a beautiful and relaxing experience, and now it’s a great time to do it, when we have all these crazy light sculptures all around the canals. Recommended!
Jan 23, 2018
Das war sehr schön! Empfehlenswert!!
Jan 21, 2018
Really enjoyed the canal trip.
Jan 8, 2018
Very good tour !! Staff are very friendly, professional and knowledgeable. The light festival was very interesting with some beautiful pieces. As well as seeing the exhibits we were also treated to a commentary explaining the history and the buildings of Amsterdam. Well worth the price !! X
Jan 2, 2018
Nothing special. The seats were very narrow and not comfortable. It was raining and the windows were blurred and you couldn't see anything
Dec 30, 2017
I expected to see more workes of art. It was a wonderful boatride! Bravo!

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