Alingsås – the Capital of Swedish Fika
27 minutes from Gothenburg
Cobbled streets full of Christmas decorations, wooden buildings with inner courtyards and a cafe on almost every street corner – yep, that sums up Alingsås during Advent.
A guided fika tour is the best way to explore café town Alingsås. Over two hours you’ll explore the town’s cafés and hear the story of how fika culture grew in Sweden as you go.
30 November, 7, 14 December
When December is upon us it’s time to light the Christmas candles in Alingsås. Christmas markets and experiences make it easy for children as well as adults to get into the right Christmas spirit.
Opens November 30, continues until December 26.
Nolbygård’s Organic Bakery & Café is a 20-minute walk from the town centre. A Christmas market with stall holders who really love local craftwork awaits you here.
Gräfsnäs Castle ruins and park is a lovely spot, not just when there’s a Christmas market there. Food stalls, raffles and Christmas fare is combined with Santa’s Grotto, song, music and dance around the Christmas tree.
Enjoy a buffet with traditional favourites and modern twists at Grand Hotel Alingsås, accompanied by an atmospheric Christmas Show and dancing to follow. Overnight stays can be booked.
Christmas Buffet with show November 16, 22023, 29–30; December 6–7, 12–14, 20, Christmas lunch weekdays November 18–December 20.
Grand Hotel Alingsås is offering a three-course New Year’s Eve dinner and an entertaining show, followed by dancing till the wee small hours. The breakfast buffet will be a great start to the New Year.
Floda and Nääs – where Industrial Meets Modern
26–42 minutes from Gothenburg
The area around Floda & Nääs has something for everyone – whether you want to explore historic buildings, mooch around craft shops, eat really well or just relax in a hot sauna.
It’s easy to get into the Christmas spirit at Nääs Castle. Go on a guided castle tour, cosy up in front of the Christmas tree, and enjoy mulled wine and ginger biscuits in the castle kitchen. On weekends in December, Nääs Castle Café & Restaurant serves Christmas lunch.
Guided tours and activities Saturdays and Sundays November 30–December 15, Christmas lunch Fridays–Sundays December 6–22.
Get a foretaste of Christmas at Nääs Fabriker with crafts, deli specialities, food trucks, Christmas decorations and Santa’s Grotto. You can also enjoy a classic Christmas buffet with a modern touch, and stay overnight.
Christmas at Nääs Fabriker November 30–December 1, Christmas Buffet November 20–December 19.
At Garveriet in Floda a "climate smart" five-course Christmas dinner is served, based on seasonal produce provided by local producers. You can also enjoy Christmas lunch and attend food events and tastings.
Christmas dinner Wednesdays–Saturdays December 4–21.
A hotel with spa area, restaurant and Sweden’s biggest golf course – that’s Öijared. Welcome to a Christmas buffet with forest views right outside the window. Packages with accommodation included can be booked.
Thursdays to Sundays November 28–December 21
Fasten your walking boots and take a friend on a lovely Sunday walk along the Gotaleden. The trail was inaugurated this summer and goes from Kungsportsplatsen in Gothenburg all the way to Alingsås. If you just want to walk part of it you’ll pass convenient train stations at several places along the trail.
Hönö – a Gem on the West Coast
60 minutes from Gothenburg
Take the bus/boat out to the island of Hönö in Gothenburg’s archipelago and enjoy Advent in a tranquil setting. You’ll find plenty of Christmas spirit in Klåva on the island’s south coast, with a Christmas Market, fishing boats decorated with lights, and Christmas buffets.
The traditional Christmas Market on Hönö has grown from just one weekend to every Saturday during Advent as well – each one with a different theme. The first weekend is the biggest of the markets, then on Saturday December 7 you’ll be able to sample a range of Christmas ales produced by around 10 microbreweries. Saturday December 14 is Children’s Day with a funfair, tombolas and Santa’s Grotto amongst other things. Saturday 21 December will be full of music and choirs, creating a lovely Christmas atmosphere by the quayside. Travel direct on the archipelago boat Kungsö from Stenpiren, Eriksberg or Klippan. The boat does a return journey there twice a day every Saturday during Advent. Get tickets on billetto.se.
Every weekend during Advent (November 30 and December 1, 7, 14 and 21).
Join Kastor Boat Trips on a tour out to beautiful Vinga archipelago for a good chance to see birds and seals. During the trip you will enjoy a cup of Swedish fika.
If your idea of an ideal Christmas buffet is meatballs and Christmas ham then the one served at Tullhuset’s restaurant might not be for you – the very best of what the sea has to offer is served here. Something new and exciting appears every year. Accommodation is available at Hotell Trubaduren.
Christmas buffet weekday evenings and weekends November 15–December 21, Christmas lunch weekdays November 25–December 20.
Lilling Cottage was originally a flower shop that switched to interior decor and is now a restaurant. Maybe that’s why today it’s one of the cosiest haunts in the archipelago. Enjoy a Mediterranean inspired Christmas buffet with accommodation provided by Havskattens Hotell & Vandrarhem.
See the year out on the west coast. Tullhuset restaurant invites you to an evening with welcome drink and festive four-course dinner in a lovely setting in the archipelago.
Gunnebo House and Gardens – a Unique 1700s Summer Villa
26 minutes from Gothenburg
Fifteen minutes away from Gothenburg lies Gunnebo House – an oasis for anyone wanting to spend some time soaking up historic Christmas traditions. The castle grounds are as beautiful in the depths of winter as they are in their full summer glory.
Welcome to a traditional Christmas Market in Gunnebo’s enchanting 18th century surroundings. Enjoy organic Christmas refreshments, buy lovely craft gifts, and be entertained by court jester Zack. All accompanied by the dulcet tones of the Titania singing group’s uplifting Christmas carols.
November 23–24 and 30, December 1
During December the table is set for Christmas breakfast, lunch and dinner in the Gunnebo House restaurant. The castle chefs and bakers have spent all year harvesting ingredients from the kitchen gardens so they can present exciting Christmas dishes in a playful way. All ingredients are organic and the kitchen has been awarded the highest Swedish certification for organic food. December 2–22
Gunnebo House has an immaculately beautiful interior that it’s only possible to see accompanied by a guide. During the winter months guided round tours run on weekends. On the 45 minute tour you’ll go round the whole building and your guide will entertain you with their favourite anecdotes about Gothenburg in the 18th century.
Saturdays and Sundays
Marstrand – Sweden's Sailing Capital
53 minutes from Gothenburg
Experience a true archipelago Christmas on Marstrand. Enjoy great food and a festive celebration of the New Year! A bracing winter walk along the coastal path winding round the island is a good tip if you have any time over.
Celebrate Christmas in a – to say the least – unusual setting. In the Knight’s Hall at Carlsten’s Fortress our prisoners and Carolean soldiers will serve Christmas food inspired by the North Sea. The evening ends with a DJ. Choose Sundays for a more family friendly sitting.
Fridays to Sundays November 22–December 15
Marstrands Havshotell has plenty to offer anyone who loves Christmas flavours. Sunday brunch is Christmas themed, and in the evenings a classic Christmas buffet with a modern touch is served, followed by live music in the lounge. Accommodation is available.
Christmas brunch November 24, December 1, 8 and 15; Christmas Buffet November 21–23, 28 and 30, and December 5, 7, and 12–14.
Start the evening at the Grand Hotel Marstrand with steaming hot mulled wine by the bonfire in Paradise Park, followed by a genuine Swedish Christmas buffet laid out in the kitchen. Overnight stays can be booked.
Mondays–Saturdays, November 22–December 21
How about a relaxing time among the bubble pools, outdoor hot tubs and steaming saunas in the hotel spa? After that a four-course dinner awaits. Start the next day with a lovely brunch.
Welcome the New Year in at the Grand Hotel, in a beautiful building with timeless fin-de-siècle charm. A delicious New Year’s Eve dinner awaits, followed by festivities in the bar.
Styrsö & Vrångö – Archipelago Idylls
48–57 minutes from Gothenburg
Two islands that shine extra brightly in the winter darkness are Styrsö and Vrångö in Gothenburg’s archipelago. When you visit the islands it’s almost impossible to believe that there’s a city nearby – but there is!
At this time of year it smells of ginger biscuits and mulled wine at Pensionat Styrsö Skäret. Stepping through the door is like travelling a century back in time, and when the snow (hopefully) has fallen and the fire is crackling in the stove it’s time to enjoy the annual Christmas buffet, with lots of delicacies from the sea’s larder. Accommodation is available.
November 22–December 20
Kajkanten lies on the west side of Vrångö. Stay the night in one of boathouses and have access to the floating sauna where you can take a refreshing winter dip. Dinner is served at Skärgårdens Café which serves a proper archipelago Christmas buffet – lots of herring, hot smoked salmon from the neighbouring island of Donsö, freshly baked Vrångö bread and home made meatballs.
Package offers apply December 6, 7 and 8. Of course you can stay at Kajkanten other days as well.