Edition 13

The thirteenth edition of Amsterdam Light Festival takes place from 28 November 2024 until 19 January 2025, and has the theme Rituals.


Amsterdam Light Festival has been a yearly tradition for the last 12 years, lighting the city in the darkest months of the year. The coming edition is special, as it coincides with Amsterdam's 750th anniversary. For a whole year, all over town, residents, districts and institutions commemorate and celebrate the unique spirit of Amsterdam. What custom is more appropriate to mark this special milestone than a ritual?

Artwork on a bridge, colored like the sun: white, yellow, orange, red
Artist impression of an artwork that will be created especially for Edition 13.


Rituals have traditionally helped us through all kinds of transformations; from past to future, from winter to summer, from youth to adulthood. Light plays a vital role in many rituals, as a vibrant symbol of joy, energy and life. We use fireworks to usher in the new year, candles to commemorate the arrival of a saviour, and midsummer fires to welcome the solstice. Light adds something mystical and sacred to a ritual like no other element can. And rituals unify. Rituals bring people together.

That’s why we celebrate Amsterdam750 with light. With art. With each other. With Edition 13: Rituals. On this page you can find more information about the activities we organize in the context of the anniversary year.

Tickets for cruise and walk experiences will be available for purchase from 1 October 2024 onwards, via our ticket shop.