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Amsterdam Light Festival

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Amsterdam Light Festival route

We have been sailing through the capital during the winters for years with our luxury sloops and salon boats, so we know how to provide you with a beautiful evening. On a luxury boat from Amsterdam Boat Experience, you’ll be comfortable, with a (optional) drink in hand. Our experienced local skipper will show you the most beautiful artworks in and along the canals of Amsterdam.


Even in the winter, there are plenty of attractions and events, such as the Amsterdam Light Festival, where artists illuminate the city and the canals even further. The cruise departs from Oosterdokskade 8, near the Central Station (see the map). After about 75 minutes of enjoying the wintery, luminous Amsterdam, you will be dropped off at the embarkation point.

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ALF Departure Times

We sail through Amsterdam when the city is illuminated in the evenings. Most lights are lit daily from the afternoon until around 10:00 PM. We offer multiple departure times per day, allowing you to fully enjoy the canals and the enchanting illumination. We sail in December and January, ensuring that you can make the most of winter in Amsterdam. Please note that we do not offer cruises on New Year’s Eve.

Choose the time slot that suits you best and revel in Amsterdam and its light show.

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Amsterdam Light Festival Cruise 2024

Amsterdam Boat Experience invites you to embark on an enchanting canal cruise, even during the Light Festival. Choose from our selection of canal cruises:

  • Single ticket canal cruise with option of drinks on board – from € 23,50
  • Single ticket on a luxury saloon boat including unlimited glühwein, beer, wine & soft drinks – from € 32,-
  • Single ticket kids – from € 13,50
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Additional ALF information

  • The cruise during the light festival lasts approximately 75 minutes;
  • Fully equipped private boats options for groups, drinks included (reach out to us to request a quote);
  • Single tickets for our luxury boat, or covered saloon boat;
  • Including experienced skipper;
  • Our host will provide you with a detailed explanation of the city, our monuments and the artworks.

From which location does the light show cruise depart?

The departure point is Oosterdokskade 8

Frequently asked questions about Amsterdam Light Festival

The Amsterdam Light Festival takes place from November 30th 2024 until January 21st 2024 at 23:00.

All our boats depart from locations close to the Central Station of Amsterdam. The single ticket cruises depart from Oosterdokskade 8, while our private boats depart from Stationsplein 26. During the cruise you will come by all 20+ artworks of the Amsterdam Light Festival.

ALF is an annual light festival in downtown Amsterdam. National and international artists are invited to create a light artwork especially for the festival. The route can be traveled on foot, by bicycle or by boat. Would you like to admire the light artworks from the water? Book your (private) canal cruise at Amsterdam Boat Experience.

That is entirely up to you. Although we can assure you that it is a unique experience to admire the light festival from the water. With us, you will be covered, warm and get a delicious snack and drink on board. Moreover, you will see the light art works up close and sail under the enchanting bridges, so we recommend you to admire this beautiful light show in Amsterdam from the water.

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