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
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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
Changing or cancelling your ticket
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Jan 14, 2019
Great tour, and even though it started pouring rain right before the cruise, the company set a fun tone right from the dock! Since the rain stopped before we took off, I only wish the outside seats had been dried off for the ride!
Jan 10, 2019
It was a standard boat trip, lights was nice.
Jan 10, 2019
Nice view, although a bit long
Jan 5, 2019
We spent the whole trip at the deck (with out a rooftop) which is actually not cold and when great view. Certainly enjoyed it.
Jan 3, 2019
Had a lovely early evening trip up and down the Canals to see the Light Festival, took our two teenage girls who also enjoyed it. The light festival was quite interesting and the commentary (in 19 different languages I think!) helped us understand the thinking behind it (some of it wasn't quite as we were expecting but interesting none the less!)
Would do it again!
Dec 29, 2018
Amazing experience...big organization!!!
Dec 28, 2018
Goede uitleg over de kunstwerken
Dec 27, 2018
Quite nice if you find to sit looking forward.
I was not lucky enough
Dec 17, 2018
Dec 9, 2018

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