Programme Gouda by Candlelight 2018

Welcome to 'Gouda by Candlelight', the kick-off for the Christmas period in the historic town centre of Gouda. 'Gouda sounds familiar to many people by its famous export product: Gouda cheese!

Gouda by Candlelight presents about 80 activities in approx. 30 locations. You may enjoy performances by theatre groups, choirs, musical groups and other artists, both professional and amateur. Galleries and museums organise a number of exhibitions and other special activities during this event.

Below a printable pdf-file of the entire programme is included, together with a link to a block-diagramm of the schedule and the text of the Christmas carols and songs (a mix of English and Dutch) that will be sung during the ceremony of enlightning the tree, which starts at 7 pm on the Market square.

NB: community singing starts earlier, at 6.30 pm.

An after party concert will be organised the day after (Saturday 16 December), in the 'Gouwekerk' (Location 15), starting at 3pm. 

The 20th of december the ice skating track, surrounding the old town hall (Location 1 on the Market square), will be open up to Sunday 14th of January 2018.

Enjoy your stay! Please visit Gouda again, in summertime it is just as beautiful as during wintertime.

Click here to download the full program (~27 pages, incl. City Walks, 2mb) (PDF)

Click here for the summary, block diagram with map 2018 (PDF)

Click here for the lyrics of the Christmas carols community singing 6.30-7pm (PDF)

Click here for the lyrics of carols and songs ceremony 7-8pm (Mix Dutch/English/French songs) (PDF)

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