Amsterdam's winter festival returns each year to illuminate the city's streets and waterways with bewitching light installations by international artists. Find out more about where, when and how to see this year's works!
This year's event runs from 29 November 2018 until 20 January 2019. Each year, hundreds of submissions are submitted by designers, architects and artists from around the world. A selection committee then chooses 30 artworks which made up the festival’s installations, which in past years have included prominent artists such as Ai Weiwei. The theme for this year's edition is 'the medium is the message'. Artists have taken inspiration from this statement by Canadian scientist Marshall McLuhan. Read about the artworks featured in this year's festival.
The sculptures can be spotted all over Amsterdam city centre for the duration of the festival, illuminating and transforming its familiar monuments in magical and surprising new ways. You can make your own way through the installations, or follow recommended routes for boats, bikes or walking, which allow you to see the festival in its best light.
The Amsterdam Light Festival route explores the festival in typical Amsterdam fashion - from the water. Amsterdam Light Festival has a host of great partners offering cruises, all of which are easy to recognise by their ‘official partner’ flag - including specialist canal cruise company Stromma.
See Amsterdam's canals glitter with light and color
Enjoy the best of the festival from the comfort of a canal boat
Sip on gluhwein as your historic canal boat glides around the festival's best
Skip the line from Leidseplein to see the Amsterdam Light Festival
Wrap up warm and take the best pictures of the Amsterdam Light Festival!
Cruise around Amsterdam's canal ring as they sparkle with color and light
Enjoy an evening cruise and see Amsterdam's canals sparkle with art
Cruise Amsterdam's canals by night as they are lit up by art