Weeshuis Gouda
Spieringstraat 1
2801 ZH Gouda

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Gouda by Candlelight 2024

Gouda by Candlelight 2024

2 nights
arrival 12 or 13 December 2024

‘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 13 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!

When you arrive in romantically lit Gouda, you will receive a warm welcome with a hot drink and a Gouda delicacy. Het Weeshuis is centrally located, the hub of the party scene. Stay in our courtyard or explore all Gouda has to offer. For dinner, we recommend booking a place in our fine dining restaurant LIZZ*. End the day with a wonderful night in our rooms.

On the second day, enjoy a rich 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 3-course dinner including water, bread and friandises by star chef Remco Kuijpers and his team. At 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. (If you arrive on 13 December, this will be your first day)

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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
  • 3-course Candle Evening dinner, excluding drinks
  • From €220 (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 telephone on 0182 231253 or by sending an email to

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