Amsterdam Light Festival

Amsterdam Light Festival 2020

With the unprecedented success of last year’s festival, Starboard boats are already looking forward to the next event. With last year’s light festival seeing us welcome over 2000 guests onto our brand-new boat, 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 2020 dates

This year the theme will be DISRUPT and the festival will run from 28-11-2020 until 19-01-2021. In these dark winter months, the brightly lit instillations lining the beautiful canals are certainly a cheering sight!

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.

Our boat cruise

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!


  • 75 minutes ALF cruise
  • Up to 20 people
  • Covered boat
  • Open deck in the back
  • On board restroom
  • Electric engine
  • Heated pillows
  • English guidance

Cancellation policy

  • Public tickets – can be cancelled free of charge until 2 days before the booking.
  • Private tickets – can be cancelled free of charge until one week before the booking.

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

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 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 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  €24 p.p for adults and €14 p.p for children including Amsterdam Light Festival fee + 1 free drink (glühwein/tea).
Get your tickets for this seventh edition of the Amsterdam Light Festival quick since seating is limited!

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 (24-12 until 06-01)