With Diwali about to burst into the night skies across the globe, our tipsters recommend other winter festivals that banish darkness
On recent winter trips to Amsterdam, the sight of thousands of shimmering candle flames lighting up the city’s waterways has been really uplifting. The Amsterdam Festival of Lights (places on the light walk €12.50pp, 10-31 December must be booked online) has been dimmed down because of Covid, with just nine installations. . When we were there, the brilliant luminosity of the city centre came to life under bright moons or night skies. The Dutch tradition of showing paintings by masters of art old and new was also a feature, as famous and local artists had displays of their work out in the open.