6. Markt

Wandering through the city center you can meet the following musicians, artists and acts:

  • Theatergroep Maskerade a group of 15 singers, performs Christmas Carols in period costumes from the Dickensian era. 
  • De Gorgonen, walking improvisation theatre by Clara van de Boom, Claudia Verschuren, Marleine Verbeek and Rieneke Batelaan.
  • Kerstwind, (“Christmas Wind”) like a whirlwind they wander through the center with all the traditionals in their repertoire. To be seen for the first time during Gouda by Candlelight.
  • Salvation Army Brassband roams the city in its own way and plays wherever there is space 
  • Pretkapel de “Uit”bloazers is a brass band consisting of a group of eight enthusiastic musicians. They play well-known Christmas songs, and they know how to create a real Christmas atmosphere! 
  • Barrel organ De Panfluiter drives through the streets of the center.



de Gorgonen; 3 dames in 17de eeuws frivole kleding en 1 dame verkleed als man met hoge hoed en snor
DE brassband van het Leger des Heils speelt op een volle Markt
BULKOUT streed op mooi verlicht pos=dium

18.20 – 19.00 uur
Warm up of the ceremony by the tree

19.00 – 20.00 uur
For the 67th edition, BULKOUT, the resident band of the Theaterbakkerheij, guarantees a fairytale atmospheric concert around the Tree, in which the sing-along content is stimulated by a number of choirs and the Gouda soloists Martin van der Starre, and Elise Mannah. Together with the deputy mayor of Kongsberg, the Children’s Board (“Kinder College”) and of course our own mayor Pieter Verhoeve, they will give substance to the theme “Back together” and light the lights in the tree at 20:00. That is also the kick off for the extensive evening program in the city center of Gouda.




Music Kiosk (in front of “Gewoon Gouds”)

In the afternoon you can enjoy 6 primary school choirs from Gouda, who will showcase their most beautiful Christmas repertoire.

14.30 – 14.45 uur        Basisschool De Bijenkorf
15.00 – 15.15 uur         Basisschool De Triangel
15.30 – 15.45 uur         De Westerschool
16.00 – 16.15 uur         Casimirschool
16.30 – 16.45 uur         Basisschool De Cirkel
17.00 – 17.15 uur          Basisschool De Ridderslag

17.15 – 17.45 uur
is a Christmas choir from Utrecht, consisting of 20 members. They sing multi-voice repertoire, in Dutch, English and Latin. They are accompanied by the accordion.

20.00 – 22.00 uur
The JD’s Big Band from Dordrecht – in the Christmas season rebranded as JD’s Jingle Bells Big Band – will play the swinging versions of the well-known Christmas songs, both instrumentally and vocally. 


Zangkoor gekleed in Dickens stjl met op de voorgrond de begeleidende man met arcordeon
Arriva stage (In front of “Arti Legi”)

In the afternoon you can enjoy 6 primary school choirs from Gouda, which showcase their most beautiful Christmas repertoire:

14.30 – 14.45 uur            De Westerschool
15.00 – 15.15 uur           
Basisschool De Bijenkorf
15.30 – 15.45 uur           
16.00 – 16.15 uur           
De Ridderslag
16.30 – 16.45 uur           
Basisschool De Triangel
17.00 – 17.15 uur           
De Cirkel

17.15 – 17.45 uur
Sara Letsch
has her own sound and will perform songs by Coldplay and Billie Eilish, accompanied by guitarist Daan.

20.00 – 20.45 uur
Once In A Lifetime is a four-piece acoustic cover band. They play well-known music from Jefferson Airplane to Adele, with a nice chill vibe.

21.00 – 21.45 uur
Sophie de Bruin
is a 20-year-old Singer-Songwriter from Woerden, with a great love for the Dutch language and theatre. Listen to the classic Christmas hits with a touch of jazz that she will sing together with her great band.

Linksboven: Sara Letsch zingend, Rechtsboven: Sophie de Bruin zit en onder Once in a lifetime 3 jongens en 1 meisje