Candle Night, Gouda
Dec. 11, 2020, Gouda
Watch this video: Gouda by Candlelight
An Old Tradition
Candle Night (Kaarsjesavond) in Gouda is a long-running tradition spanning decades. Choirs gather to sing Christmas carols with audiences enthusiastically joining in. Attendees visit nearby churches and museums following the celebration. Gouda became known for producing quality candles around the mid-19th century, although it is probably most famous for its other waxy product—Gouda cheese. Gouda candles are made from a natural wax that burns steadily for hours and can be purchased around the city as souvenirs.
The city of Gouda is not only magical during Gouda by Candle light. Pretty canals, historic churches, and Dutch architecture make a great setting for a city that is also known for its breweries, smoking pipes, and stroopwafels. Gouda is easily accessible by two train stations, and the journey from Amsterdam takes an hour.