Sweden is a hive of activity at this time of year, with preparations being put in place for Christmas celebrations and Christmas concerts galore. However, by mid-afternoon on Christmas Eve, everything is ready and the whole country puts its feet up in front of the TV to enjoy the annual tradition of watching Disney movies!
Mixing a warm sense of tradition with slick Swedish design, Gothenburg is truly magical during the festive season. From rustic Christmas market stalls and the atmospheric St Lucia coronation to the scattering of hundreds of twinkling candles, cosy fika hotspots and a ‘Julbord’ Swedish Christmas buffet. Continue reading…
“As we sat on the Christmas Paddan boat, silently floating along the canal with lit torches, I got a little tingling feeling in my stomach. Then, when we arrived at Liseberg amusement park, it was like stepping right into Christmas.” That is how the winner of last year’s West`Sweden Christmas web competition; Anna Estesjö, described her most festive experience in Gothenburg.
Thanks to everyone that took part in our Gothenburg Christmas City Twitter competition.
Almost 300 people entered to win a weekend in the festive city by retweeting the one thing they would most like to see or do there: visit Liseberg Christmas Market, skate Liseberg’s ice rink, walk the 3km Lane of Light, eat a Jullbord Christmas buffet or see a majestic St Lucia concert.
So, what was the most popular answer? A huge majority of you really want to see Liseberg Christmas Market (118 retweets revealed this), which isn’t too surprising considering it is Scandinavia’s grandest! With five million twinkling lights, 700 Christmas trees and 80 rustic market stalls, it takes Christmas markets to a whole new level.
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.