Amsterdam Light Festival​

Amsterdam Light Festival 2023

With the unprecedented success of our last edition, Starboard boats are already looking forward to the next event. With last editions light festival seeing us welcome over 10.000 guests onto our brand-new boats, we are hoping to see many of these guests return and welcome aboard many more new faces to enjoy this fantastic annual festival of some of the world’s finest contemporary art against the backdrop of Amsterdam’s beautiful and historic 17th century canal belt.

Amsterdam Light Festival 2023 dates

The Amsterdam Light Festival 2023-24 is set to run from the  30 November 2023 at 16:45 until 21 January 2024 at 21:30. The exhibitions will be illuminated during the evenings and Starboard’s boats will be setting sail regularly throughout the festival.  In these dark winter months, the brightly lit instillations lining the beautiful canals are certainly a cheering sight!

Amsterdam Light Festival tickets

The tours will depart daily from the Starboard Dock at 16:45, 17:00, 18:15, 18:30, 19:45, 20:00, 20:15, & 21:30. One tour takes 75 minutes.
Tickets for our public ALF cruises only cost €35  p.p including open bar for adults and €25 p.p for children. This includes the Amsterdam Light Festival fee.  Get your tickets for this  edition of the Amsterdam Light Festival quick since seating is limited!

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For Amsterdam Light Festival 2023-2024  artists were asked to consider the effects of technology and artificial intelligence (AI) on our everyday lives. The ways in which we communicate, engage and create are all impacted by technology and AI. What is the impact on the human condition? How does society change because of this digital evolution? And where are the boundaries? The different perspectives will be highlighted during Edition 12, with the theme: LOADING… Revealing Art, AI and Tech. 


  • €35 P.P including open bar
  • Small Group
  • Covered Boat
  • English Guidance
  • Warm Blankets
  • 75 Minutes Cruise
  • Electric & Comfortable Boat
  • Private cruises from €390

Check out our flexible cancellation policy here

We offer private tours only at 18:15, if you would like to book another time – please contact us by email/WhatsApp.

Amsterdam Light Festival Cruise

Best Amsterdam Light Festival boat cruise in Amsterdam

Enjoy the festival from the Amsterdam canals and let Starboard Boats guide you through this wonderful world of art. Experience the festival first-class in our modern, comfortable and electric boat. During the 75-minute tour, our educated guide will elaborate on the artworks on the quay and in the canals. With room for 25 people and optional drinks and bites, we provide an intimate cruise that will be the highlight of your trip to Amsterdam.

Amsterdam Light Festival route

Setting sail from the Starboard Dock, the route goes through some of the most picturesque and historic waterways of City Centre such as the Amstel River and the famous Amsterdam Canal Belt.

Pick up point: Starboard Dock, Amstel 178.
Due to traffic on the canals, our tours might departure up to 30 minutes late during the holiday period.