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During the dark winter months, Amsterdam is transformed into a beautiful city lit up with the most beautiful light artworks along the canals. The Amsterdam Light Festival takes place from 2 December 2021 until 23 January 2022. Would you like to see these beautiful works a little closer? Then the Amsterdam Light Festival open boat cruise that we offer is ideal. The open boat is smaller than a regular canal cruise boat which means that you can get closer to the artworks. Your view will be unobstructed so you can take the most beautiful pictures. During the Amsterdam Light Festival open boat cruise, your captain will also tell you more about the artworks. Don’t forget your warm beanie and gloves when you book this cruise! We also have a nice warm blanket ready for you to keep warm.
The artworks of Edition #10 during the Amsterdam Light Festival open boat cruise
This winter revolves around the theme ‘Celebrate Light’. The festival route is made up of more than 20 light artworks, consisting of the highlights of the past nine editions. The most appealing, inspiring and popular artworks make a comeback on the canals of Amsterdam, next to a couple of new works especially created for Edition #10. Together we look back at a decade of light art and we celebrate the tenth edition of Amsterdam Light Festival. Book your tickets for an Amsterdam Light Festival open boat cruise now!
A cruise in a small setting through the canals
The Amsterdam Light Festival open boat cruise is a 90-minute cruise in a beautiful small open boat. There is a maximum of 25 people in the boat, which creates a cozy and intimate feeling. During the cruise, the captain will tell you all about the light artworks.
Not sure if you’d like to be out in the open (cold)? No worries! You can also book tickets for our heated and covered Amsterdam Light Festival cruise!
Practical information about the Amsterdam Light Festival canal cruise
Bad weather conditions
The weather is often quite unpredictable in the Netherlands. Of course you don’t want to be in the biggest downpour ever during an open boat cruise. In the event of extreme weather conditions, the cruise will be canceled. We’ll contact you and give you the option to exchange your ticket for a regular (heated and covered) cruise of to move your ticket to another date.
Our open boats sail from Thursday to Sunday during the Light Festival period (December 2, 2021 to January 23, 2022). We have three departures a day: 5 PM, 7 PM and 9 PM.
Additional early departures will be offered during the Christmas holidays (December 25, 2021 to January 9, 2022). There are no tours on Christmas Day.
This cruise departs from the Blue Boat dock at Stadhouderskade 550, opposite the Heineken Experience.
Unfortunately, our open boat is not wheelchair accessible; but our regular Amsterdam Light Festival cruise is. Read more about how to book a canal cruise on a wheelchair accessible boat on that page!
Please note: we would like to request our visitors to book tickets online in advance, so that we can avoid crowds at the ticket office. Showing a coronavirus entry pass is mandatory.