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ISBN 978-9059721418 - 492 pages


Magical Candlelight Ceremony in Gouda

If you're planning to be in Holland on the 11th of December this year, don't miss the magical candlelight celebration that takes place in the already magical, medieval town of Gouda, a short train ride from Amsterdam or The Hague. (We strongly recommend that you go by train, as the center of town is closed to traffic that day.) Literally thousands of candles will be lit in one breathtaking instant as the main square, or Markt, lights up for Christmas. It's not hard to imagine that you're in the 16th century as the lights are first completely extinguished around the square, and then no less than 1500 candles in the City Hall (Stadhuis) alone, plus thousands more in adjacent buildings are lit. The gorgeous stained-glass windows of the nearby St. Janskerk are also specially illuminated for the event, and a concert takes place there.

 The all-day event, now in its 52nd year, features a full schedule of activities for the entire family -- including a typical Christmas market on the street called Wilhelminastraat -- and runs from 10AM to 10PM, with the candle-lighting and Christmas-tree-lighting ceremonies beginning around 7PM.

The Dutch Queen and family sometimes join this festive event, while famous Dutch artists create artificial light shows that are stunning.

This is one main event not to be missed. Be sure to bring your best voice along, as well-known Christmas carols are sung. See for a complete schedule and details.
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