Gouda by Candlelight

Gouda by Candlelight

Dec 13, 2019
City Centre

Gouda by Candlelight

For a Dutch fairytale celebration of lights, music, theatre, culture and entertainment, check out Gouda by Candlelight!

About Gouda by Candlelight

The historical city centre of Gouda will be illuminated to celebrate Gouda by Candlelight, an event with over 80 activities on the programme. Gouda is most famously associated with cheese and many visitors come from far and wide to Gouda Cheese Market. If you're looking for a reason to visit Gouda other than cheese, then this might be just the thing!

Every year, the occasion is visited by around 20.000 people from the Netherlands and abroad. The shepherds will bring their animals into town and join a living nativity scene as the beautiful churches present free concerts, and gorgeous decorations brighten up the street.

Galleries and museums will be open and freely accessible all day. In the town centre, you can take a city walk with, or without, a guide. The shops will all be open, and up to 50 restaurants will prepare special menus to contribute to that extra special feeling on the day.

Illuminating the night

At sundown, electric lights will be turned off and only candles will be lit to illuminate the night in the city centre. The day’s highlight takes place between 6.30pm and 8pm when everybody gathers at the square by the medieval City Hall.

The lights on the enormous Christmas tree will be lit as everyone joins in and sings Christmas songs, accompanied by a professional gospel choir.

Plan your visit to Gouda by Candlelight

Plan your weekend with a cosy few hours with friends, family and kids at the Haarlem Christmas Market. Keep up to date with what's going on by browsing the Gouda by Candlelight event page.

Winter events in the Netherlands

The Netherlands has many other winter and Christmas events on offer, such as Castle Christmas FairValkenburg Christmas Market and Magical Maastricht.