Festival parts

Amsterdam Light Festival is a winter light festival for all. For 50 days, the historic center of Amsterdam will present a unique decor for this international light and water festival. The four components of the festival allow visitors to experience Amsterdam in a unique way in the darkest months of the year.

The Water Colors, boat route. Experience the festival in a whole new way: from the water! This special boat route takes you through the canals of Amsterdam which allows you to enjoy light art, projections, and installations by (international) artists. These works are exhibited throughout the whole festival period from 6 December to 19 January.

The Illuminade, walking route, takes you past several inspiring light artworks of the Amsterdam Light Festival. During this unique international exhibition, young and established (international) artists will present their creations in the public space. Works include projections on historical buildings, installations on the street or in public parks, or works that requires visitor participation. A unique experience in the darkest months of the year. The Illuminade takes place from 12 December to 5 January.

Socialight consists of various programs for and by the people of Amsterdam. They take place on various locations. 

For more information about the program and more detailed information about the routes of the festival, please visit our Program page.

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