The 17th-century private almshouse the Hof van Wouw in The Hague will open its doors to the public for a special Christmas programme. All activities take place outdoors and are free of charge.
Wonderful Christmas spirit
Experience the atmosphere of a bygone era. The almshouse will be specially decorated to evoke that wonderful Christmas spirit. The 17th century courtyard and garden, which are lovely at any time, are particularly special when beautifully lit and decorated for the Christmas season. Dressed in Dickens style, choirs will sing carols and maybe you can even join in.
Hof-made preserves and chutneys
You can purchase refreshments like hot chocolate, mulled wine, homemade soup, coffee and tea. You also have a chance to buy the 'Hof-made' preserves and chutneys made from the harvest of the Garden of the Hesperides (Tuin der Hesperiden).
As the activities take place outdoors, so you are advised to dress warmly and to take an umbrella. Admission is free of charge but donations are welcome. Proceeds from the sale of Christmas items will be used for the upkeep of the almshouse and its gardens.
The entrance to the Hof van Wouw is located at Lange Beestenmarkt 49-85. You can reach the Hof by public transportation on Tram 2, 3 and 6 (Grote Markt stop). The closest parking is in the parking garage in the Prinsengracht/Brouwersgracht tram tunnel.