When it comes to Christmas celebrations, Gothenburg may possibly not necessarily be the 1st location that comes to thoughts. Sat on Sweden’s West Coats alongside a rocky, atmospheric archipelago stretching across 20 islands, the city has a calm softness to it that typically gets overlooked.
But do not be fooled! As I’ve found through my current trip with West Sweden Tourism Board, Gothenburg has a lot to provide – and occurs to be the fantastic location to indulge in julsmys, the Swedish art of Christmas coziness.
Swedish winters are extended and dark, but it is precisely the darkness that tends to make Christmas celebrations specific. As the festive decorations light up the streets and the advent stars start shining vibrant in just about every window, the brief, dark days develop into a fantastic excuse to embrace the festivities.
Gothenburg does not do items by halves when it comes Christmas celebrations. From Liesberg, Scandinavia’s biggest amusement park turned winter wonderland, to the Christmas markets taking more than the streets of the Old Town, there’s lots to do through the festive season.
Scroll down for a Christmas Guide to Gothenburg – it is nonetheless not as well late to join the celebrations!
Celebrate Christmas at Liseberg
Christmas at Liseberg is an practical experience like no other, and a fantastic excuse to take a look at Gothenburg in winter. Enchanting, magical and sprinkled with a substantial dose of vacation cheer, just about every winter the complete amusement park transforms into a glistering, snowy wonderland. There are pine trees covered in snow Christmas cabins and shops promoting anything from candy sticks and glögg to conventional handicrafts there are ice skating shows, and of course – Christmas rides (more than 40 of them!). Even compared to London, which never ever fails to provide at Christmas, a take a look at to Liseberg remains 1 of my favourite Christmas memories this year.
The amusement park will keep open till Sunday, 30 December, so there’s nonetheless lots of time to delight in the magic.
Christmas Industry in Haga
For a a lot more conventional Christmas Industry practical experience, head to Haga – Gothenburg’s Old Town. The region is charming regardless of the time of the year, but as the streets get filled with Christmas garlands, carols and the smell of glögg, it becomes even a lot more magical. The key street, Haga Nygata, lined up with conventional Gothenburg-style homes becomes specifically festive thanks to the Christmas Industry. Anticipate carol signing, lots of festive treats and lots and lots of festive cheer. To take a break from browsing the busy stands, cease at Café Husaren, popular for their substantial, plate-sized cinnamon buns – or hagabullen as they are known as in Gothenburg.
Christmas Industry in Kronhusbodarna
Dating back to 1654, Kronhuset is 1 of Gothenburg’s oldest buildings. In winter, it becomes house to a regional Christmas marketplace exactly where Kronhusbodarna artisans sell their arts and crafts. Do not miss Siäcka Choklad, an adorable small sweet shop subsequent door. The vintage interiors full with gorgeous Christmas decorations make it a fantastic location to stock up on your Christmas candy!
Dine at Restaurang Norda to catch these Christmas feels
Restaurant Norda at Clarion Hotel has got to be 1 of the most festive restaurants in town. The plush, dark-green sofas and dimmed lights are a fantastic backdrop for Christmas decorations. The meals is scrumptious, but make certain you leave space for dessert – the finest I’ve had on my trip to West Sweden!
Get pleasure from a Christmas fika at Da Matteo
It wouldn’t be Swedish Christmas without the need of a festive fika! Following all, what far better excuse to delight in a coffee break than in the Christmas season when the retailers develop into filled with conventional pastries and cakes? This is when saffron gets added to pastries, providing them a warm, golden colour. A single of my festive favourites are lussekatter – or ‘Lucia buns’, named this way mainly because of their cat-like shape. The buns are traditionally baked for St. Lucia celebrations on 13 December but are served all through the Christmas season. Grab yours at 1 of Gothenburg’s numerous cafes, or head straight to Da Matteo – the city’s favourite coffee shop. The branch at Magasinsgatan 17a is specifically beautiful – the interior is significant, warm and welcoming, and the florist retailer at the back is filled with pine trees and all-all-natural Christmas decor.
Bake your own lussekatter with MeetTheLocals.se
Why obtain saffron buns when you can study how to bake them your self, and make new pals in the procedure? Human connection has normally been at the quite core of my travels and I was excited to see that West Sweden Tourism Board shares the very same notion. In reality, this is how MeetTheMeet.se came to life. This fabulous initiative, equivalent to Airbnb experiences but certain to West Sweden, permits guests to discover the way of life and every day life in West Sweden from a regional viewpoint. You can pick from various experiences, something from nature walks, cooking and island hopping with locals… or, in my case, a lussekatter baking class.
Christmas in Gothenburg is cosy, filled with light and quite, quite festive. Let me know in the comments if you are going to take a look at this year!