Magical Christmas at Liseberg

This year’s ice show, Hansel and Gretel offers first class figure skating.

This year’s ice show, Hansel and Gretel offers first class figure skating.

 

There we were, outside the main entrance on a bitterly cold afternoon, waiting for the doors to this year’s Christmas at Liseberg to swing open. Some were jumping up and down to keep their toes warm, and I’m sure many were wishing they had a cup of warm Glögg* and a ginger snap in their hand. It may be wrong to claim that Christmas has arrived in November, but on the first day of Christmas at Liseberg it’s difficult to deny.

 

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Enter our twitter competition – win a festive weekend in Gothenburg the Christmas City!

 

Gothenburg the Christmas City

Gothenburg the Christmas City

 

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…

Like walking straight into Christmas

Christmas Paddan Boat

Christmas Paddan Boat

“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.

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Liseberg Christmas market opens its doors!

 

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.

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Meet the Winner!

California resident Eva Crose won a “road trip of a lifetime” in the Car Plus Vacation Contest presented by West Sweden, Volvo Overseas Delivery, and VisitSweden. Eva and her husband Gregory just returned from their long-awaited trip to Western Sweden, where they spent ten days touring the region in a rented Volvo. We called her up to hear about her trip.

So first of all, tell us a little about your trip to West Sweden.
Wow—everything was absolutely wonderful! The trip was very well arranged, the weather was perfect, and the accommodations were exemplary. And just seeing so much green and water all around us was very relaxing. We just had a wonderful time.

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