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Amsterdam Light Festival Canal Cruise

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1 hr 15 mins - 1 hr 30 mins
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Set out on a 90-minute boat tour and explore beautiful light sculptures and works of art along Amsterdam's iconic canals!


  • Sail away on Amsterdam’s historic canals and see the 10th edition of the Amsterdam Light Festival.
  • Admire famous light sculptures, projections, and installations from the previous 9 editions.
  • See the Festival of Lights route map here.
  • Enjoy the experience as you float on the water and listen to an audio guide (in English and Dutch) that tells you the story behind each piece of art.
  • Get a free upgrade and enjoy unobstructed views of a glittering Amsterdam on a semi-open boat.


  • 90-minute canal cruise
  • Free WiFi onboard
  • Audio guide in English and Dutch
  • Free upgrade to semi-open boat (optional)

cancellation policy

You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

your experience

With winter drawing in, Amsterdam is decking up for its 10th edition of the Amsterdam Light Festival. If you're an art lover, there is no better way to experience this special treat than by a boat tour. After all, the city's canals are beautiful on ordinary days, but when enhanced with light art, they are nothing short of magical. What's more, the festival's goal is to light up the dark winter months artistically so you're bound to let go of the winter blues for a while.

The festival will run from 2 December 2021 to 23 January 2022, under the name 'Celebrate Light.' By public demand, the light artworks displayed this time includes a curated collection of popular artworks from the previous nine editions. Some of these include Light a Wish (lit-up and enlarged dandelion fluff), Ghost Ship (the 17th-century ghost ship Flying Dutchman as a light projection on 'screens' of water), and Moonburn (a huge balloon with glowing paint).

When booking this experience, choose between two departure points located in the city center. The boat is designed for maximum comfort and the route will take you through all the artworks in the canals and on the quay. As you gently float along the river, listen to an audio guide (available in English and Dutch) that narrates the story behind each installation. You can also choose the free upgrade to a semi-open boat that will let you enjoy the evening cruise with 360-degree views of the city.

know before you go

Important Information

  • Waiting time can occur even with a timeslot due to large crowds.
  • All participants who are over 12 years old must present either proof of full vaccination or a negative test taken no more than 24 hours before the activity starts.
  • You must also bring a valid form of ID (e.g. passport, driver's license, identity card, student card, etc).
  • See the Festival of Lights route map here.


Daily at 4:30pm

Discounted Tickets

Children aged 4-13 enjoy reduced ticket pricing (carry a valid photo ID).

my tickets

  • Your voucher will be emailed to you instantly.
  • Please display your mobile voucher along with a valid photo ID at the boarding point.
  • If you have purchased reduced-price tickets, please carry your valid photo ID proof for verification.
  • Kindly ensure that you arrive 10-15 minutes before the start time of your experience to avoid any delays.

Boarding Point

  • Your boarding point is at Central Station - Loetje.
  • Address: Lovers Canal Cruises Boating Point, Stationsplein 10, 1012 AB Amsterdam, Netherlands.
  • The quay of Lovers Canal Cruises lies opposite Amsterdam Central Station, between the LOVERS shop and the GVB Tickets & Info. It is, therefore, easily accessible by train, metro, tram, and bus.

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