Thousands of people flock to Gouda for the Christmas season. The yearly tradition to turn the streets and electric lights off and replace them with candles is an old one, probably dating to the 19th century. The Mayor's part on this day is to light a towering Christmas tree, given as a gift from a sister Norwegian city of Kongsberg, and give a special Christmas speech. It is magical experience to be in Gouda during this particular night.
December 13, 2019
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