When it comes to Christmas celebrations, Gothenburg may perhaps not necessarily be the initially 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 usually gets overlooked.
But do not be fooled! As I’ve found throughout my current trip with West Sweden Tourism Board, Gothenburg has a lot to offer you – and occurs to be the excellent location to indulge in julsmys, the Swedish art of Christmas coziness.
Swedish winters are lengthy 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 commence shining vibrant in each and every window, the brief, dark days turn into a excellent excuse to embrace the festivities.
Gothenburg does not do factors 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 a lot to do throughout 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 encounter like no other, and a excellent excuse to go to Gothenburg in winter. Enchanting, magical and sprinkled with a substantial dose of vacation cheer, each and every winter the whole amusement park transforms into a glistering, snowy wonderland. There are pine trees covered in snow Christmas cabins and shops promoting all the things from candy sticks and glögg to regular handicrafts there are ice skating shows, and of course – Christmas rides (more than 40 of them!). Even compared to London, which in no way fails to provide at Christmas, a go to 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 a lot of time to love the magic.
Christmas Marketplace in Haga
For a additional regular Christmas Marketplace encounter, head to Haga – Gothenburg’s Old Town. The location 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 additional magical. The principal street, Haga Nygata, lined up with regular Gothenburg-style homes becomes specially festive thanks to the Christmas Marketplace. Count on carol signing, a lot of festive treats and lots and lots of festive cheer. To take a break from browsing the busy stands, quit at Café Husaren, popular for their substantial, plate-sized cinnamon buns – or hagabullen as they are known as in Gothenburg.
Christmas Marketplace in Kronhusbodarna
Dating back to 1654, Kronhuset is 1 of Gothenburg’s oldest buildings. In winter, it becomes dwelling to a nearby Christmas industry exactly where Kronhusbodarna artisans sell their arts and crafts. Do not miss Siäcka Choklad, an adorable tiny sweet shop subsequent door. The vintage interiors full with lovely Christmas decorations make it a excellent 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 excellent 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!
Appreciate a Christmas fika at Da Matteo
It wouldn’t be Swedish Christmas without the need of a festive fika! Right after all, what far better excuse to love a coffee break than in the Christmas season when the retailers turn into filled with regular pastries and cakes? This is when saffron gets added to pastries, providing them a warm, golden colour. One particular of my festive favourites are lussekatter – or ‘Lucia buns’, named this way since 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 especially beautiful – the interior is significant, warm and welcoming, and the florist shop at the back is filled with pine trees and all-organic Christmas decor.
Bake your own lussekatter with MeetTheLocals.se
Why invest in saffron buns when you can find out how to bake them your self, and make new good friends in the course of action? Human connection has generally been at the incredibly core of my travels and I was excited to see that West Sweden Tourism Board shares the similar concept. In truth, this is how MeetTheMeet.se came to life. This fabulous initiative, equivalent to Airbnb experiences but distinct to West Sweden, makes it possible for guests to discover the life style and every day life in West Sweden from a nearby viewpoint. You can pick out from unique 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 incredibly, incredibly festive. Let me know in the comments if you are going to go to this year!