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Tickets for Amsterdam Light Festival from Leidseplein

Skip the line from Leidseplein to see the Amsterdam Light Festival

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Overview
Duration
75 minutes
Starting time
Departures every 45 minutes between 17:00 and 22:00
Highlights
  • 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'
Description

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. Skip the lines at Leidseplein and view this light-spectacular from a comfy boat!

The Amsterdam Light Festival 2018 consists of over 30 sculptures crafted from twinkling lights, and dotted throughout the city. This 53-day exhibition will turn 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. 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
  • Skip-the-line access to the canal boat
  • 75-minute Water Colors Cruise
  • Audio guide in English and Dutch
Instructions
  • Show your smartphone ticket at the departure point on Leidsekade
  • Make sure to be there 15 minutes before your chosen timeslot
Cancellation

Cancellations are not possible for this ticket.

Venue
Address
Canal Cruise - Leidsekade
Leidsekade 97, 1017 PN, Amsterdam
Key info
Wheelchair accessible
The boats are suitable for wheelchairs, but there are 2 steps to get in and out of the boat
Audio guide
English and Dutch
Reviews
Jan 7, 2019
Amsterdam Light Festival from Leidseplein
Great experience.
Jan 2, 2019
Amsterdam Light Festival from Leidseplein
Awesome.
Dec 20, 2018
Amsterdam Light Festival from Leidseplein
Recommended
Dec 19, 2018
Amsterdam Light Festival from Leidseplein
Leuk
Dec 11, 2018
Amsterdam Light Festival from Leidseplein
It was raining and the view from the boat was not excellent but it was nice anyway.
Dec 9, 2018
Amsterdam Light Festival from Leidseplein
Definitely worth it, so beautiful!
Dec 9, 2018
Amsterdam Light Festival from Leidseplein
Nothing too engaging. Only an audio recording and very little interaction with the captain. Good explanation of the Amsterdam Festival Light installations.
Dec 7, 2018
Amsterdam Light Festival from Leidseplein
Great experinece
Dec 7, 2018
Amsterdam Light Festival from Leidseplein
Easy to book, central meeting place, and a beautiful and easy tour through the canals to see the lights. would recommend!
Jan 3, 2018
Amsterdam Light Festival from Leidseplein
Some of the light installations are nice, although the explanations were so far-fetched to become ridiculous (this year's theme was "existentialism"). The boat was full and the stinking food from the neighbours, together with an annoying kid, made it really unpleasant. The highlight? When the the annoying kid was forced to mute his phone, following the captain's request, only to start crying histerically.
After a while, we were just looking forward to the end, longing for fresh air and quiet.
By the way, if it rains, as in our case, you won't see much.
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