Contrary to popular belief, there is more than just the red lights of Amsterdam. And the good thing is, this month the city lights up as never before. Even though some locals are still adjusting their biological clock to the early kick-in of dusk, others cannot wait for November to start. While temperatures slowly colour blue, we have collected five spots that will shine their golden glow on nocturnal Amsterdam.
Turn on the lights
Every year in mid-November, the festive season opens on Dam Square with a myriad of lights, fireworks and performances. The highlight of this magical moment is the ignition of no less than 400,000 LED lights on the façade of De Bijenkorf. Hunting down the Christmas tree? Then you will need a bit more patience since the Dutch introduce the Christmas decoration after the traditional Sinterklaas feast.
Winter events are for candlelight dinners. But at the REM Eiland, the early sunset brings you another advantage: a panoramic view on the thousands lights of the city. On this old North Sea Platform, currently located on the north bank of the IJ river, you will dine on a former helideck, still complete with its original landing lights. If you were looking for a unique dining experience. Well, then here you go.
James Bond’s ‘Diamonds are Forever’ literally put the spotlights on this monument. And even after Sean Connery left, many tourists still flock over by night to admire the 1200 lights on the arches of the bridge. Most of them are couples and lovebirds since the Skinny Bridge is generally seen as the most romantic spot of Amsterdam. For the best view, walk over to the Blauwbrug near Rembrandtplein or book a canal tour, to cruise right through the belly of the bridge.
On November 17th, Amsterdam’s winter ice rink will again be perfectly illuminated. A picture-perfect happening. On the backdrop of the sparkling façade of the Rijksmuseum, you will glide over 1300 m2 of ice. Are you less stable on skates? Then you will have a great view on all those locals and tourists skating (and falling) from the adjoining winter terrace. Holliday season is even more special when local vendors set up the yearly Christmas market around the rink.
Amsterdam Light Festival
The best is yet to come at the end of the month. The 7th edition of the Amsterdam Light Festival starts on November 29th. Thirty luminous artworks in all forms and shapes will brighten up the canals and the city. The theme of this year’s festival is ‘The Medium is the Message’: the famous statement by Canadian scientist Marshall McLuhan. This means light will be used to pass on a message. How? Contact The Dylan’s concierge to book your Amsterdam Light Festival Canal Cruise and find out.