Amsterdam Light Festival

Amsterdam Light Festival 2021

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 10000 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 2021 dates

The Amsterdam Light Festival 2021-22 is set to run from the 2nd December 2021 at 17:00 until the 23rd January 2022 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 Sea Palace at 17:00, 18:15, 20:00 and 21:15. One tour takes 75 minutes.
Tickets for our public ALF cruises only cost  €26,50 p.p for adults and €14 p.p for children including Amsterdam Light Festival fee.  Get your tickets for this  edition of the Amsterdam Light Festival quick since seating is limited!

Celebrate Light

We celebrate the tenth anniversary of Amsterdam Light Festival this year! During this special edition we reflect on ten years of light art, with the most appealing, inspiring and popular artworks of the past nine editions making a come back on the canals of Amsterdam.

As before, this year’s boat cruise will be guided by our brilliant local skippers and hosts, and drinks will be served throughout the duration of this fun and interactive cruise through the city centre’s canals. Our light festival cruises take 75 minutes and will run 7 days a week!

We hope you are looking forward to this year’s event as much as we are and look forward to welcoming you aboard our boat!


  • Small Group
  • Covered Boat
  • English Guidance
  • Heater & Blankets
  • 75 Minutes Cruise
  • Electric & Comfortable Boat

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.

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Best Amsterdam Light Festival 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 heated boat provided with a toilet. During the 75-minute tour, our educated guide will elaborate on the artworks on the quay and in the canals. With room for 20 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 Central Station, the route goes through some of the most picturesque and historic waterways of East Amsterdam such as: OosterdokOudeschans, the Amstel River, Nieuwe Keizersgracht! Plantage Muidergracht and, finally Entrepotdok.

Pick up point: Sea Palace, near Central station
Due to traffic on the canals, our tours might departure up to 30 minutes late during the holiday period.