When the nights grow longer and darker as autumn progresses, it’s cosy to light a candle and curl up under a warm blanket with a nice cup of coffee. In the ‘fika city’ Alingsås in West Sweden, they take this candle light cosiness to a whole new level. The city is set to hold the 13th annual ‘Lights in Alingsås’ – a magical light extravaganza created by seven international designers.
Last year, 70,000 visitors enjoyed the lights in Alingsås. Apart from a beautiful trail of light, 500 participants take part in a ‘Running lights’ race. Visitors can enjoy an array of classes too, such as garden light arranging, night photography and glass art. There are also ghost walks and a variety of different performances.
Along this year’s trail of light you can witness six traditional light installations, together with a couple of surprises. Some of which you can be a part of and others that have a deeper meaning that you should experience from afar.
A year ago, I dragged my reluctant family and our neighbours to Alingsås, less than an hour’s drive from Gothenburg. Despite their apprehension, it turned out to be a really nice excursion that suited all of our individual tastes. I really recommend a trip to the cosy fika city of Alingsås when it is dressed in lights. I’ll see you there!
Photos: Copyright Alingsås Kommun and fotograf Patrik Gunnar Helin