Visit Christmas at Liseberg Amusement Park
With over 3 million yearly visits, Liseberg Amusement Park is one of Scandinavias most popular attractions. No wonder. It is a truly magical place for all ages, especially during winter when the entire park is transformed in to a beautiful winter land. Here, you can dine at the high quality restaurants, meet with Santa, visit a medieval village and go on the winter-open carousels. Also, don't miss the wonderful Christmas market!
Traditional Swedish Christmas food
Swedish Christmas food is tasty, hearty and easy to love. Sweden is a large country and there are many local varieties. The number one reason to enjoy a Christmas dinner in Gothenburg is the fish and shellfish. In addition to the compulsary gravad lax and pickled herring you will find beautiful crayfish, shrimp and many more Gothenburg specialities.
The Singing Christmas Tree
Don't be surprised if you're out on town and suddenly hear beautiful singing. It's probably the Singing Christmas Tree. To sing in a choir is immensely popular in Sweden, and during Christmas many of Gothenburg's singers join the Christmas Tree that can be seen and heard at the square Kungsportsplatsen from November 29 to December 23.
Go Christmas shopping
Gothenburg is a big little city and if you want to go Christmas shopping you have loads to choose from - within walking distance. The Haga district is filled with little shops selling presents, chocolate, toys, hats and other charming things. In and around the street Magasinsgatan you will find the latest within fashion and interior design, while the city centre and the main boulevard Avenyn house many famous brands, flagship stores and arcades.
Lots of quality Christmas markets
To visit a Gothenburg market is fun and a good way to get in to the Christmas spirit. There are many markets to choose from and you will find everything from honey and socks to modern design items. The market "Kronhusjul" in the beautiful 17th century area Kronhusbodarna is a must if you are looking for a traditional market whereas the art centre Röda Sten Konsthall and the Academy of Design and Crafts (HDK) are popular among those looking for new and modern design.
Visit a castle
Around Gothenburg, there are several castles and houses perfect for a christmas outing. Just a short drive or bus ride from the city centre is Gunnebo House and Gardens with it's impressive organic café and restaurant. Enjoy the beautiful surroundings and 18th century buildings and visit the Christmas market. Tjolöholm castle was built in 1898-1904 and the architecture is a mix of 14th century English style, Art Noveau and innovative design features. This is also a lovely place to visit in Christmas time. Nääs Slott is another beautiful estate, not far from Gothenburg. The castle is set in a beutiful landscape just by a wonderful lake and there's a lot to explore - both inside the castle and beyond. If you can't get enough of the atmosphere, there are rooms for rent.
"Luciatåg" - Saint Lucy celebrations
On the 13th of December, Swedish men and women dress up in white and head out early in the morning to celebrate Saint Lucia of Syracuse (also known as Saint Lucy). During the celebration, there is always one girl dressed in a white dress and with a wreath of candles on her head. This is Lucia herself. The celebrations take place in churches, homes and workplaces and are extremely popular thanks to the beautiful songs and atmosphere.
But why do Swedes celebrate a catholic saint with such enthusiasm (apparently regardless of Christian faith)? One explanation might be that the celebrations are in fact inspired by old (and ofthen wild) festivities that used to be held to celebrate the winter solstice. These festivities could be quite burlesque - containing schnapps, crossdressing and animals that could speak. More about this here.
In Gothenburg, pupils from Hvitfeldska Musikgymnasiet perform traditional Lucia songs at venues around the city.
Ever heard of Glögg? No? Get ready for a new favourite drink. You can choose between the original and the non alcoholic one - they are both delicious. Imagine a truly heartwarming bevarage with tastes of cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, cloves, bitter orange, raisins and wine. Best enjoyed outdoors, in the cold. Why not at a Christmas market in the beautiful Haga district?