Amsterdam Light Festival

Amsterdam Light Festival

On Christmas Eve I went to Amsterdam with my sister for the Amsterdam Light Festival, a festival of light, art and water. My sister had already seen it from a canal cruise, but she wanted to go back to take a closer look and see some of the art work that cannot be seen from the water.

Sculpture at Amsterdam Light Festival Decorated houseboat in Amsterdam

We went by scooter, but we did part of the walking route. It was really pretty!

Collections of light sculptures Tree with birdhouse - the birds fly along the tree and colour the branch behind them - really magical effect

Colourful sculptures…

Another light sculpture Infinite light tunnel

The botanical garden was open and there were some sculptures there. This tree wasn’t part of the festival but I loved the way it was lit 🙂

Very pretty tree in the botanical garden

This was my sister’s favourite sculpture: the two men from the traffic light 😀

Huge traffic light men My sister with the stop man... ... and the Go man :D

Rings of friendship…

Friendship rings Friendship rings from the front

Scooter parking at Rembrandtplein, we stopped for a food break here.

Scooter parking at Rembrandtplein

There were many more beautiful sculptures that I didn’t take photos of, and some are best seen from one of the canal cruises. This festival has been going for some years now and it keeps getting better. It’s well organized, with all the canal cruises offering special boat trips, a well marked walking route, many information points and there are guided walks as well (with a “light guide” who is dressed in a very special costume full of lights!).

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