I've wanted to go since 2008, but for one reason or another was never able to. This year I didn't let anything stop me, and even convinced my friend Jeannine to join me in standing around in sub-freezing temperatures for a few hours.
We were filled with the Christmas spirit as soon as we stepped out of Gouda's train station. Carollers sang at every corner. Floating lanterns filled the canals. Roads were lined with votive candles. A Christmas market was held on the street leading to the square. Everyone was in a joyful mood.
And then... there was tree lighting magic!