The days are short in winter in Amsterdam. That’s a possitive thing, because when it’s dark we can enjoy the Amsterdam Light Festival. It’s new and it’s nice. From December 7th through January 20st. The festival has 4 main parts:
Boulevard of Light (December 7th through January 20th, from 7 PM until 10 PM)
Along a part of the Amstel River, around the Magere Brug, bridges and public buildings are illuminated in a spectacular and artistic way. In addition to that, some contemporary light sculptures by (famous) light artists are placed aside and on the Amstel River.
Illuminade (December 14th through December 30th, from 5 PM until 10 PM)
A walking tour of about 1 1/2 hour across the historic part of Amsterdam, between Amstel and the Maritime Museum, passing 20 inspiring light art objects.
Christmas Canal Parade (December 15th, from 6.30 PM)
In about 45 minutes, a parade of boats beautifully decorated with lights, passes the audience. Along the route several choirs will perform. The route is Westerdok, Prinsengracht, Amstel, Nieuwe Herengracht, Maritime Museum, Oosterdok.
Various programs for and by the people of Amsterdam. They take place on various locations. A.o.:
Waterlooplein Lampshade Forest can be seen from December 7th through January 20th from 12 PM – 10 PM at the Waterlooplein.
The Light my Ride tour on December 22nd, you can join with your embellished bike, skateboard, roller skates, in short, with anything that has wheels and is not motorized. Departure from the Museumplein, next to AH at 6.30 PM.
Nice to watch: The making of, a beautiful timelapse video of the construction of some of the light festival structures.