The Amsterdam Light Festival is an annual event that takes place in the Dutch capital during the winter. We will share the route here as soon as it’s released. It lasts for at least 6 weeks and attracts thousands of visitors each year.
Will you talk to lamps? Do we have virtual bridges? Does water flow upwards? Experience it at the 2022/2023 light festival!
Yes. The light festival is free to visit for everyone. It’s organized by a foundation that is depending on small contributions and partnerships.
If you book a tour, you will learn more about the art and the city along the way!
You can start at any artwork as the route can be walked as a circle. It is easy to start at Central Station and walk from there.
This year, we’ve developed a special bike tour along the festival route. Our guide will tell you everything about the artworks and the city. No need to have a map in hand, just enjoy the artworks while listening to the stories.
You can also choose to rent a bike overnight, for 24 hours, without a guide. Reserve your bike
The light festival is usually located in the east part of the city center of Amsterdam. It has been held since 2012 and has emerged from the 2009 ‘Christmas Canal Parade’. This year, the festival will run from December 1st to January 22nd. The festival is free to attend and open to the public. Visitors can view the artworks in the evening when the lights are turned on.
The 2022/2023 route follows the Eastern part of the city center:
Starting from Central Station, you can walk to NEMO, follow the route along Entrepotdok, Sarphatistraat and along Roeterseiland to the Amstel river. The route then continues via Waterlooplein and the Montelbaanstoren back to Central Station.
With the large number of stops to enjoy the artworks we expect the average group to walk 2.5 hours to finish the entire route. Note that we offer 1.5 hour guided bike tours if you prefer cycling. The route runs through the eastern part of the center.
The lights will be on every evening from December 1, 2022 to January 22, 2023 from 5:00 PM to 11:00 PM (on New Year’s Eve until 8:00 PM).
The festival route is usually 6-8 kilometers long, depending on the route you choose to walk.
Every winter sees a new edition of Amsterdam Light Festival, for more than 10 years now. Artworks are made especially for the festival.
The festival also realises special projects in collaboration with artists, partners and various stakeholders from the city. For example, hundreds of Amsterdam primary school students participate. The festival also has a collaboration with the Breitner Academy, in which young talent develops a light artwork for the festival. These collaborations have been a permanent part of the festival for seven years now.
Find more info on the official website