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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Christmas Magic in West Sweden

Christmas Magic at Liseberg in Gothenburg. Photo: Göran Assner/imagebank.sweden.se

Christmas is the pinnacle of the Swedish year. In late December, walking the streets in the towns and villages of Sweden is like being transported to some old-world fairy tale. Every public surface is ablaze with lights, decorated with trees and wreaths to ward off the compact midwinter darkness. 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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Gothenburg Christmas City Twitter competition

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.

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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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