This evening, Christmas at Liseberg Amusement Park opens its doors. Decorated with five million twinkling lights and 700 Christmas trees, Liseberg’s Christmas market is Scandinavia’s grandest. It features 80 rustic market stalls selling arts and crafts, as well as festive foods, such as traditional Swedish marinated herring, roasted reindeer meat served by indigenous people from Lapland (the Sami), marzipan pigs and traditional mulled and spiced wine, known as glögg. There’s also a bar made entirely of blue ice, an ice skating rink, the chance to see awesome ice sculptors turn blocks of ice into works of art and a Lapland area with a reindeer-drawn sledge which takes visitors on rides through the park. Liseberg Christmas Market opens from 18 to 27 November on weekends (Friday to Sunday) and then daily from 30 November to 23 December.
Liseberg Amusement Park is only one of the exciting festive attractions in Gothenburg Christmas City. For the eighth year running, the city is lit up by millions of Christmas lights, a three-kilometre long Lane of Light and hundreds of illuminated buildings, trees, squares, and bridges. There are also other traditional Christmas markets, nativity plays, good food, and cosy surroundings.
So, what does it take to achieve this wonderful festive atmosphere?! Here goes…
5 million Christmas lights
900 Christmas trees
6.5 km pine garlands
1 125-metre tall Christmas tree (Atmosphere)
1 0.5-tonne Christmas star
3,700 kg pickled herring
800 kg sweet pickled herring
2,150 kg Christmas ham
8,500 large gingerbread hearts
8,200 saffron buns
1,550 kg sweets for the Christmas Buffet
850 kg sausages
5,000 litres Glögg/Glühwein
3,600 kg Janson’s Temptation (potato and anchovy bake)
680 kg bleak roe
The Christmas City Smorgasbord:
3 km long Lane of Light
254 Christmas Trees made of string lights, 8 –14 metres high,
234 light chains on buildings, 160 light banners,
60 blue trees,
17 large light spheres,
2 illuminated bridges, and illuminations of trees, the Cathedral, the road Postgatan, as well as buildings and selected statues along the Christmas Route.
Other Gothenburg Christmas City highlights:
The tradition of St Lucia
Witness a wonderful Swedish national tradition. Every year (this year on 11 and 13 December), Gothenburg chooses its Lucia ‘Queen of Light’, marking her coronation with a poignant concert held in candlelit churches across the city, including the incredibly atmospheric Vasa Church. Choral pieces sung by the Lucia troupe of seven girls bring divine enchantment to the packed church.
Dazzling festive light display
Witness a gigantic visual display of colour at Götaplatsen culture square (from 9 to 30 December), where a specially-produced Christmas film is projected on to the side of Gothenburg’s Art Museum. Be warned, once you start watching this, you won’t be able to stop; it’s truly a treat for the eyes.
Sniff a Swedish Christmas at the Botanical Gardens
Enjoy a sensory festive experience at The Botanical Gardens Christmas Exhibition (from 26 November to 6 January), with visitors able to encounter and learn all about the smells of Christmas – everything from different kinds of trees and cinnamon, to incense, myrrh and frankincense. During the fascinating walk, staff will explain what the scents are and what their function is in nature.
For further information about Gothenburg Christmas city, visit: www.goteborg.com/en/Christmas-City/start/ and Christmas in West Sweden, visit: http://www.vastsverige.com/en/Christmas-in-West-Sweden/