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Amsterdam Light Festival, from 02 November 2021 to 23 January 2022

Amsterdam Light Festival

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WHERE: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
WHEN: from 02 December 2021 to 23 January 2022

Any time of the year is a good time to visit Amsterdam. Beautiful, evocative and fascinating like few others, this city never fails to captivate the gaze of visitors.

Spring, summer, autumn, winter and… again spring. Always wonderful. If you are looking for a reason to visit it in winter, don’t be afraid. For two months, from December to January, the city will be able to reward tourists with its wonderful Amsterdam Light Festival. It is one of the most interesting events on the European scene, at least from a scenographic point of view.

An event in which light, illumination, become art. Artists, architects and designers from all corners of the planet bring their works and installations during this festival. Many works are made exclusively for Amsterdam Light Festival. This is why the festival is truly an unmissable event.

Before being exhibited, the works must be approved by a selected jury year. Talented artists, architects and designers present their cutting-edge ideas which will then be exhibited during the two months of the event.


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This year’s theme is “10 YEARS OF AMSTERDAM LIGHT”. This year, in fact, is the tenth anniversary and, for the occasion, it offers a truly extraordinary and rich program. There will be numerous works of art and artistic installations, to which 600 artists from all over the world have contributed. And some extraordinary stories about the city. Of course, as usual, it will be possible to admire the Amsterdam Light Festival, by boat, by bike, or on foot.


On the occasion of the 10-year anniversary, this fantastic path was created that celebrates past editions. You can admire, on foot and along the canals, the 20 most beautiful installations of the 9 previous editions!


All the charm and suggestion of Amsterdam Light Festival, from a unique and magical perspective. The boat tour offers you the opportunity to discover the most beautiful installations on board a comfortable boat. You can choose a cruise of approximately 75 minutes aboard a heated boat, with an audio guide or, alternatively, a cruise on an open boat. Don’t worry: you will be provided with blankets to warm up !!!

The cruises are offered exclusively by the official partners of the event, Rederij Lovers, Starboard


All installations can be admired for FREE, along the various well-marked routes. Anyone wishing to know in detail the history of each installation, the artist and the “behind the scenes” work of each work, can do so with an audio guide or through the digital ROUTE MAP (both for a fee).


Amsterdam Light Festival

The festival runs continuously from Thursday 02 December 2021 to Sunday 23 January 2022.

Turning on the lights, every day, from 16:00 o’clock, until 23:00. The only exception is New Year’s Eve, with the shutdown set for 20:00. To admire the installations, you will not have to pay any ENTRANCE TICKETS. Those who wish can download the DIGITAL ROUTE MAP on their smartphone, at a cost of €7.50. An audio guide with the Route Map is also available, at a total cost of €15.00.

The cruises last approximately 75 minutes, with departures every 30 minutes, from 17:00 to 21:30. The ticket, for adults, costs €26.50 per person. Children pay a reduced rate of 50%.


Amsterdam is one of the most popular cities in the world. This translates into a reduced availability of free accommodation facilities; especially near events such as the Amsterdam Light Festival.

The accommodation offer is really wide and varied. Budget hotels, luxury hotels, apartments, hostels; if you want to be original, you could opt to stay in one of the many houseboats, to experience an electrifying stay. Amsterdam, among other things, is one of the cities with the highest average cost of accommodation. From this link, our valuable advice.


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