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Tickets for Amsterdam Light Festival - Leidseplein

Skip the line from Leidseplein to see the Amsterdam Light Festival by night

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75 minutes
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Departures every 45 minutes between 17:00 and 22:00
  • See the Amsterdam Light Festival the way it was designed to be seen – from the water!
  • Beat the winter chill on board a heated cruise boat, complete with an informative audio guide in English and Dutch
  • From 30 November to 21 January, see Amsterdam transformed into a stunning, city-wide art experience

Every winter, Amsterdam steals Paris's thunder and becomes its very own 'City of Lights'. The Amsterdam Light Festival invites high-profile artists from all over the world to create dazzling light sculptures, which bring the iconic canals to glittering life. This cruise is developed in partnership with the festival to offer the best possible experience of the city-wide installation!

From 30 November to 21 January, a team of international artists is collaborating to show you Amsterdam in a whole new light. This year's theme is Existential, exploring the ways in which humans are connected and brought together through the power of light!

Major artists and activists such as Ai WeiWei have designed and produced over 35 artworks which adorn Amsterdam's beautiful canals and transform the city into a glittering dreamworld. This cruise sets off from Leidsekade and journeys around every illuminated sculpture in town.

Get comfy aboard your cozy cruise ship as you glide around these amazing displays. Listen to the informative audio guide, and soak up the atmosphere.

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Show your smartphone ticket at the departure point on Leidsekade. Please make sure to be there 15 minutes before your chosen timeslot!


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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
Jan 3, 2018
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.
Jan 2, 2018
Good experience, although it can't replace for the trip during daylight, which is a must. This is a nice extra, if the weather is good, you might walk the light festival as well, excellent alternative! And by the way, if you don't use your earphones, you will miss most of the info, because there is practically no info from the guide on board.
Dec 25, 2017
Got to see all the light festival which would have been difficult on foot.
Dec 16, 2017
Wouldn’t really call it a light show as not a great deal of lights worked , boat was very busy too, but pleasant ride through the canals at night.
Dec 4, 2017
Dec 3, 2017
Boat ride was nice. The lights were cool but other than a couple exhibits they were unimpressive. I might give it a little bit higher rating if it weren't for the kid crying during the entire ride.
Jan 22, 2018
Mooie boottocht maar weinig lichtobjecten gezien.
Jan 18, 2018
Heel vriendelijke schipper.
Mooi gedaan.
Rustig gereden.
Jan 15, 2018
Das Procedere bei Tiqets ist einfach und zeitsparend. Kein Problem und gerne wieder.---Die Fahrt durch die Grachten mit dem Boot war schön, aber sicher verbesserungsfähig. Auf dem Boot enges Sitzen, keine gastronomischen Angebote und keine Life-Info, also wenig Leistung fürs Geld. Die Lichter des Festivals waren auch im überschaubaren Rahmen, da hatten wir einiges mehr erwartet. Fazit: Tiqets top, Light-Festival Flop.
Jan 7, 2018
Nous n’avons oas été séduit par le festival des lumières. Commentaires sur la ville ridicules et commentaires sur les œuvres du festival uniquement en anglais.

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