Amsterdam Light Festival 2015 - 2016

Background of the Amsterdam Light Festival

The Amsterdam Light Festival is an annual event that takes place in and around the 17th century canal ring of the Dutch city.  Multiple artists from around the globe contribute glowing works that follow a specific theme (this year it was “friendship”), and it takes place between November and January.  There is a special route designed for walking tours, and another made specifically for those riding in boats.  However, you can enjoy most of the lights on your own, and it’s not necessary to pay for a tour.

I Love the Lights

These lights have literally illuminated my mood both winters I’ve been in Amsterdam.  Last year I just walked around and enjoyed them, but we sprung for a boat tour this year.  Yet, we rode on a generic tourist ship, so it was quite crowded.  If you want my advice, you should consider renting a small boat yourself, or paying for a more intimate tour cruiser.

Read more about my experience here.

Practical Information

Dates of the 2015 -2016 Festival: Nov 28 – Jan 17 for the boat route, and December 10 – January 3 for the walking route


Who Would Most Appreciate the Amsterdam Light Festival?

My opinion is that the daylight hours make summer a much better time to visit Amsterdam.  However, if you find yourself in Amsterdam during the Light Festival, I highly encourage you to check out at least a few of the installations.  I’ve yet to see one that I didn’t enjoy looking at.

Insider Advice for the Amsterdam Light Festival

Taking a boat tour is a nice way to easily see the lights and understand the stories about them.  But, these can get pricey, so keep an eye out for various ways to get discounted coupons. Send me an email if you need any help with this