One of the oldest light festivals in the Netherlands. In the evening, 1,500 candles are lit behind the windows of the historic Town Hall and thousands more behind the windows of the buildings in the city centre. There are also all kinds of activities, such as the Winter Fair, walks, concerts, shows and performances in the Gouda Theatre, museums, churches and on the streets. The highlight is the lighting of the lights in the Christmas tree between 19.00 and 20.00 hours. Gouda always receives the Christmas tree as a gift from its Norwegian sister city Kongsberg.

Future dates Gouda by Candlelight:

2024 13 December
2025 12 December
2026 11 December
2027 10 December
2028 15 December