The hotels and restaurants in Gothenburg have made adjustments in order to ensure a safe stay. Visita, the sector and employers’ organisation for the Swedish tourism industry, have launched the campaign Safe to visit, with measures to prevent the spread of infection.

Göteborgs-Posten’s traditional fireworks

Since 1982, the newspaper Göteborgs-Posten have celebrated the new year with magnificent fireworks, except for last year during the pandemic. But this year the fireworks are back! You can enjoy them around the city at 5 pm on New Year’s Eve.

Colourful fireworks at Bohus fortress

At 4.30 pm on New year’s eve, Bohus fortress invite everyone to their celebrations on the island Fästningsholmen in Kungälv, right outside Gothenburg. The event is free of charge and the fireworks can be seen from miles away.

Enjoy a luxurious restaurant meal on New year’s eve.

Indulge in a fancy restaurant meal

Many restaurants in Gothenburg offer special set menus for New year’s eve, but make sure to book on time to secure a table. Perhaps you’d like a 5-course dinner with a view at Heaven 23, fish and seafood extravagance at Sjömagasinet, 17 (!) Japanese courses at Koizen, gala dinner with a show at River Restaurant, or a vegetarian explosion of flavours at Natur?

Want to start the party early? Head to popular restaurant Folk at Järntorget, where the doors open at 1 pm. Here you can enjoy a dj set by Dj Def Lef, oysters, bleak roe, caviar, champagne, Pet Nat and a festive atmosphere.

Director Mellika Melouani Melani interprets Kristina Lugn’s Idlaflickorna at Gothenburg City Theatre.

Enjoy a play or a musical

At Gothenburg City Theatre, there are two different performances to choose from on New year’s eve – Mellika Melouani Melani’s interpretation of Kristina Lugn’s Idlaflickorna and De ensligas allé, Carina M Johansson’s monologue filled with Bob Dylan songs. At the Göteborg Opera you can check out the “Håkan Hellström musical” Kärlek skonar ingen – Love spares no one at 6pm on New year’s eve.

Classic floor show in a shiny New Year’s dress

Hard to choose between dinner and entertainment? Have both! At Kungsportshuset you can enjoy the New Year’s edition of Wallmans’ beloved floor show.

Drink i glas på bardisk.
The cocktail bar Adamo on Södra vägen is one of the venues that stay open after midnight on New Year’s Eve. Credit: Adamo

Join the party at bars and nightclubs

We’ll have to wait a bit to get back on the dance floors, but there are still plenty of bars and clubs that throw a grand New Year’s night. Here are a few of the spots that offer DJs, cocktails – and a party that lasts well into the new year.

Check in and let someone else handle the breakfast on New year’s day.

Check in and relax

Sure, house parties are great, but wouldn’t it be even better to wake up in a hotel bed on New year’s day with an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet and room service? In Gothenburg there are many hotels with special New year’s offers, complete with dinner, bubbly and a comfy bed – check out Bellora, Pigalle, Gothia Towers, Sankt Jörgen Park, Hôtel Eggers, Avalon and more.

Prepare for the New year’s party with the 40th edition of Sylvesterloppet.

Last race of the year

Finish 2021 with a festive 10-kilometre race in central Gothenburg. The 40th edition of Sylvesterloppet starts at Heden at 12 noon on New year’s eve. The track is flat and the audience friendly – what more to ask for? A medal of course! Everyone who passes the finish line gets one.