Weeshuis Gouda
Spieringstraat 1
2801 ZH Gouda

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Gouda by Candlelight 2023

Gouda by Candlelight 2023

14th to the 16th December 2023

‘Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened…’

A magical visit to Gouda surrounded by candlelight! One of the oldest festivals of light in the Netherlands, the start of the Christmas season! On the evening of 15 December, 1,500 candles will burn behind the windows of the historic Town Hall. You will enjoy all kinds of activities this evening. The highlight is the lighting of the lights in the Christmas tree between 19:00 and 20:00. Gouda always receives the Christmas tree as a gift from its Norwegian sister city Kongsberg. Those who don’t believe in magic, will never find it!

You will arrive in a romantically lit Gouda on 14 December. Here, you will receive a warm welcome with a hot drink and a Gouda delicacy. In our courtyard, enjoy various performances and the warmth, offered by the Weeshuis. The Weeshuis is centrally located, the centre of the party noise. Stay in our courtyard or explore all Gouda has to offer. For dinner, we recommend booking a table in our fine dining restaurant LIZZ*. End the day with a wonderful night in our rooms.

On 15 December, enjoy a sumptuous breakfast in our beautiful and most historic Regentenkamer. Afterwards, be surprised by the most beautiful Christmas market in a beautifully lit church De Sint Jan. At 16:00 you will be met at our fine-dining restaurant LIZZ * for an amazing culinary evening. After a warm welcome, you will enjoy an exclusive 4-course dinner by star chef Remco Kuijpers and his team. Around 18:30, you will walk towards the Market Square so that you can enjoy the magical lighting of the Christmas tree at 19:00.

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  • A welcoming reception (mulled wine or hot chocolate) by the fireplace with a Gouda delicacy
  • 2 nights in one of our rooms with lovely COCOMAT beds and Zenology cosmetic products
  • Free upgrade based on availability
  • Both mornings a tasty breakfast in the historic Regentenkamer
  • 4-course Candle Evening dinner, excluding drinks
  • From €747.50 (excluding city tax and energy surcharge) based on two persons per room

Reservations are subject to availability. All reservations are subject to the uniform catering terms and conditions.

For the ultimate experience and due to popularity, we advise you to reserve a table in our fine dining restaurant LIZZ* well in advance of your arrival date.

You can make reservations via this website, by phone on 0182 231253 or send an email to

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