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Top tips for Christmas time in Gothenburg

2019-11-25
Top tips for Christmas time in Gothenburg

Christmas markets, music, and Swedish dinner in the city and the archipelago

Get in the Yuletide mood! Visit cozy Christmas markets in Gothenburg and the archipelago, enjoy some holiday music, and, of course, don’t miss the traditional Swedish Christmas dinner with the best view in the entire city!

Christmas market in the Liseberg amusement park

Take the Paddan sightseeing boats from Kungsportbron directly to Liseberg! Here, you’ll be greeted by a hot mug of glogg, the Swedish mulled wine, pepparkakor, traditional ginger cookies, unique panoramas over Gothenburg, festive Christmas music and fun guides. Liseberg is always worth a trip, but with no fewer than 5 million lights illuminating the darkness, visiting around Christmas is a unique time to visit the park. Go on one of the many rides, stroll through the many booths and stands to look for gifts and souvenirs, travel back in time in the Medieval village, and present your wish list to Santa Claus himself!

Dates: November 15 – December 30
Departure point of the Paddan boats: Kungsportsbron
Address of Liseberg park: Örgrytevägen 5

à la London Christmas design market

The annual à la London Christmas design market attracts around 80 designers and artists offering their products! Half of the designers are returning favorites while the other half are new, guaranteeing a fun mix of proven crowd pleasers and upcoming creators. Here, you’re guaranteed to find smart, fun, beautiful and entirely unique creations that you won’t see anywhere else – ranging from fashion to accessories and home décor. Perfect for finding one-of-a-kind Christmas gifts!

Dates: November 22-24
Address: Auktionsverket kulturarena, Tredje Långgatan 9

Christmas market in the archipelago

Head out to Gothenburg’s famous archipelago to visit the market on the island Hönö Klåva to experience the genuine Swedish maritime Christmas mood among fishing boots and archipelago houses. “Skärgården I Advent,” as it’s called in Swedish, has become a beloved tradition going into its sixteenth year now. And this year, the market has gotten even bigger and has been scheduled for an additional three Saturdays!

Dates: November 30 and December 1, 7, 14 and 21
Departure point of the boats to Hönö Klåva: Stenpiren

Christmas dinner in the archipelago

Hop aboard a classic archipelago ship to enjoy a traditional Swedish Christmas buffet with an unforgettable view. The buffet combines traditional Christmas favorites with completely new creations and of course also offers a variety of vegetarian options, all prepared directly in the onboard kitchens. Also, every onboard restaurant has received the Swedish KRAV certificate, testifying to using ecologically and sustainably sourced ingredients. And as these trips are extremely popular, booking ahead of time is advised.

Dates: November 15 to December 21. Choose between lunch and dinner cruises.
Departure point of the Christmas buffet cruises: Lilla bommen

The Singing Christmas Tree

Don’t miss out on the singing Christmas tree, Gothenburg’s very own take on New York’s famous Singing Christmas Tree. In 2004, Gothenburg started its own tradition on a singing Christmas tree which consists of several choir taking turns performing modern and traditional Christmas carols. Even Gothenburg’s Santa Lucia might come by for a visit!

Dates och times: November 29 – December 21. Premier November 29 at 6:30 & 7 P.M. Final show December 21 at 3:30 and 4:30 P.M. Weekdays 6 & 6:30 P.M. Weekends 3:30, 4:10 & 4:50 P.M.
Address: Kungsportsplatsen

Santa Lucia concert in the cathedral

Take a breather in the middle of all Christmas stress and relax to some classical music in the stunning setting of Gothenburg’s cathedral! The Santa Lucia concert – Luciakonsert in Swedish – sets the perfect mood for the holidays and reminds us of the light in the darkest times. Enjoy choral singing and music performed by the Gustavi youth choir – the Gustavi Ungdomskör – the boys’ and girls’ choirs and various instrumentalists.

Date: Friday, December 13 at 7 P.M., Saturday, December 14 at 4 & 7 P.M., and Sunday, December 15 at 4 P.M.
Address: Kyrkogatan 28

Read more about our Christmas buffet cruises

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Read more about the Christmas Paddan tour

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