Spectacular light arrangements generate an atmospheric Christmas Lane from Liseberg Park, via Götaplatsen square, all along the main boulevard Avenyn to the harbour, covering more than three kilometres with innovative and stylish light attractions in a Christmas theme. The large Christmas market at Liseberg features some 80 rustic market stalls and shops selling arts and crafts and festive foods. The park is illuminated by almost five million lights on trees and buildings. Several children’s attractions are open and Santa is there. There are more Christmas markets in the downtown area and further outside the city in pleasant surroundings. Most restaurants serve a Christmas buffet “julbord” with a maritime flavour.
December 13 is Lucia Day, and the longest night of the year. Lucia is a symbol of light in the dark Swedish winters. Each year, a Lucia (Queen of Light) is chosen from every establishment countrywide, from schools to clubs. The elected girl is dressed in a white gown with a crown of candles in her hair, and she delivers coffee, cat-shaped buns (’lussekatter’) and glögg. There are several Lucia concerts in churches and concerts hall all over Sweden.
International book and culture fair at Svenska Mässan Exhibition and Congress Centre.
Theme 2009: What a wonderful world
Röda Sten cultural centre
The first day of the lobster season is the first Monday after 20 September, this year 21 September. Lobsters safaris, followed by lobster suppers, are arranged at a number of places along the coast.
The city is buzzing as the festival takes over the central city for six days. At the festival venues with outdoor stages, there will be several hundreds of music concerts, entertainment and culture activities, all with free admission. The children will have their own festival at Trädgårdsföreningen Horticultural Society Gardens.
Annual international jazz festival with some 30 participating bands, starting with a parade along the main boulevard Avenyn.
The music festival that started in Göteborg in 2007 was a success with a great line up of international names. The festival will be back in 2009 at Slottskogen City Park, central Göteborg.
The Dalsland Canoe Marathon takes place over 55 km through the connected system of waterways which make up the Dalsland Canal.
ISAF Women?s Match Racing World Championship takes place in Lysekil (1,5 hour north of Gothenburg) between 27 July – 1 August.