Gothenburg to celebrate Christmas spirit with style!
Every Christmas season, the city of Gothenburg takes up a very special place on the map of Sweden and Europe in general. The same as previous years, Gothenburg has prepared different kinds of events that are guaranteed to keep its residents and visitors entertained this winter. The city’s numerous Christmas markets covered in dazzling lights and filled with a unique festive atmosphere are a must-see attraction to everyone paying a visit to Gothenburg.
To the delight of locals and tourists, the popular Christmas boat is back this year. From November 28 to December 19, Paddan boat will slowly cruise the Gothenburg canals with an onboard choir performing traditional Christmas music every Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. To provide a true holiday experience, hot mulled wine and traditional gingerbread cookies will be served on the boat to all visitors. The Paddan boat takes you to the largest Christmas market in Sweden – Liseberg.
Liseberg Amusement Park is visited by half a million people every year and is generally considered one of Sweden’s biggest tourist attractions. It offers a wide range of exciting activities to people of all ages. Every holiday season, the park is transformed into a real winter fairytale. Visitors to Liseberg can enjoy traditional Swedish marinated herring, roasted reindeer, marzipan pigs, and traditional mulled and spiced wine, known as glögg.
Outdoor Christmas lights, a chance to visit Santa’s grotto, carols, arcades, and, of course, plenty of opportunities to buy Christmas gifts can all be enjoyed at this cozy Christmas market. For adrenaline lovers, 42 different and fun rides are available including Blader which has twice been rated the greatest wooden tracked roller coaster in the world. Back in 2005, the park was named one of the top ten amusement parks in the world by the renowned Forbes magazine.
During the holiday season, Gothenburg is hosting another extraordinary event in relation to a very special milestone – its 400th anniversary. From December 3, a 12-minute long film about the city’s history in a 360-degree experience will be broadcasted non-stop. For this occasion, a circular 8-meter high screen in a 30-meter wide installation will be set up in Bältespännarparken.
“We have a big festive celebration of Gothenburg’s 400th anniversary ahead of us in 2023, but when 2021 comes to an end, it feels great to sum up the birthday year and at the same time look ahead with this very special film experience of Gothenburg’s history,“ said Mia Samuelsson, Artistic Director at Göteborg & Co for Gothenburg’s 400th anniversary.
Lovers of winter sports may decide to visit an ice skating rink in the 17th century setting at Kronhuset which will be officially open on November 27. Apart from skating, visitors will be able to take in the ancient architecture and browse the little stores selling local crafts. Between December 15 and 19, live music concerts will be organized at Kungstorget. There, traditional choirs will perform alongside Swedish stars such as Mari Boine, Maja Francis, Arvingarna and Malena Ernman.
Last but not the least, no Christmas experience is complete with some of the world-famous and delicious traditional Swedish food. If you are visiting Gothenburg this winter, don’t forget to taste gravadlax (cured salmon), shrimp or fresh crayfish. Smaklig måltid!
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