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Amsterdam Light Festival 2023

30 November 2023 - 21 January 2024

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The streets and canals of Amsterdam will once more host the ninth Amsterdam Light Festival this winter, from 30 November, 2022 to 21 January, 2024.

20 artworks will be on display along the canals of Amsterdam Centre-East, from 5pm until 11pm. Details of what will be on display can be found at the organiser’s website (see below). The theme of this year’s festival will be Imagine Beyond.

Amsterdam Light Festival
Butterfly Effect by Masamichi Shimada, Amsterdam Light Festival 2019, c. Janus van den Eijnden

Light Walk

Stroll through Amsterdam city centre, crossing famous squares and hidden gardens. Receive photos, videos and audio messags from the festival’s creative director Lucas De Man direct to your smartphone via WhatsApp. In this way you will discover about Amsterdam and nature, as well as light art.

The 6.5km interractive walk will allow you to decide whether you learn more about light art or the city of Amsterdam itself and its rich history. Organisers promise it to be both informative and humorous.

Beleving, Amsterdam Light Festival 2019, c. Janus van den Eijnden

Timed tickets can be bought here. For more information on what is going on visit theFestival Blog.

Amsterdam Light Festival 2023 Dates

The festival starts on 30 November, 2023 and runs through to 21 January, 2024.

For another light festival of a different kind, check out Hanukkah Festival of Lights in December.

Flights to Amsterdam

Getting to Amsterdam by plane is simple. EasyJet have flights from both London Stansted and London Luton airports. Alternatively, you can take the train, with Eurostar running a direct service from London St Pancras to Amsterdam that takes 3 hours and 41 minutes, although most trains do go via Brussels.

Amsterdam Hotels

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Things To Do in Amsterdam

For an idea of things to do in Amsterdam, why not read Mark Bibby Jackson’s Amsterdam Things To Do: Festivals and Culture. Alternatively you can visit the I Amsterdam website.

Cover photo: Absorbed by Light, courtesy of Amsterdam Light Festival.


30 November 2023
21 January


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Mark Bibby Jackson

Mark Bibby Jackson

Before setting up Travel Begins at 40, Mark was the publisher of AsiaLIFE Cambodia and a freelance travel writer. When he is not packing and unpacking his travelling bag, Mark writes novels, including To Cook A Spider and Peppered Justice. He loves walking, eating, tasting beer, isolation and arthouse movies, as well as talking to strangers on planes, buses and trains whenever possible. Most at home when not at home.

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