Gouda by Candlelight

The programme starts at 14:00 on Friday 16 December with an opening concert in the ‘Goudse Schouwburg’. At the same time the rest of the afternoon programme starts in the various locations spread throughout the Gouda city centre and on the Market square. You can find anything from plays, music in a variety of genres, dance and tableau vivants. The details per location can be found (in Dutch) on the location pages below. Have a look at the schedule to help plan your day.

The highlight of Gouda by Candlelight takes place around the large Christmas tree on the Market square from 19:00. The whole square is lit by the light emanating from candles in the windows of the houses and shops and from the magnificent historic Gothic city hall, where over 1500 candles turn the evening into an enchanting Christmas fairy tale. Imagine everyone singing Christmas songs together, listening to music and the Christmas story told by the Mayor of Gouda, Kongsberg and the Child Mayor of Gouda. The grand finale is of course the lighting of the Christmas tree lights. After this ceremony the festivities and performances continue until around 22:00.

Sfeerfoto Markt tijdens Gouda bij Kaarslicht 's avonds met verlicht stadhuis

📸 Astrid den Haan