Mayor of Gouda welcomed Norwegian ambassador

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Mayor of Gouda Pieter Verhoeve met the Norwegian ambassador to the Netherlands on Monday. Every year, Norwegian town of Kongsberg gives a Christmas tree to the Dutch city during Gouda by Candlelight – one of the largest Christmas events in the Netherlands.

Mayor Verhoeve stated on social media: This afternoon I received the Norwegian ambassador. Gouda and Kongsberg have had a warm twinning since 1956. The Tree we receive annually for Gouda Kaarslicht is the highlight of that.

Due to the coronavirus  precautions, the large-scale event Gouda by Candlelight has been canceled this year. The difficult decision was made in the wake of the deteriorating situation in relation to the ongoing health crisis. Much like last year, the event will once again be held digitally. Under normal circumstances, around 20.000 people from the Netherlands and abroad attend Gouda by Candlelight each December.

Today Pieter Verhoeve welcomed the Ambassador Svendsen and the delegation from the Norwegian embassy in Gouda. The tree from Kongsberg and St. Jan were then viewed by Museum Gouda for the exhibition Candlelight and nice conversations about the Norwegian-Dutch ties, Gouda Municipality stated on social media.

The first edition of Gouda by Candlelight was held in 1955. The tree traditionally arrives in Rotterdam’s port in early December. Only when the Saint Nicholas festivities have ended, the tree is transported to the Market and decorated as a real Christmas tree.

Gouda returned the favor by sending a glass tree to Kongsberg for the 50th anniversary of Gouda by Candlelight, which was also the 50th anniversary of Gouda and Kongsberg becoming twin towns.