Gothenburg is a cozy Christmas city where there is much to experience. We hope that this year can give our city a little sparkling snow.
We will advise you on what's going on in Gothenburg for Christmas. There will be music, christmas food, christmas lights, Christmas at Liseberg and much more. Below you will find a selection of christmas events.
When you come to Gothenburg take a visit to the Gothenburg Tourist Office in the city center. They have an eye on all christmas events and here you can also get maps. You find two tourist offices in town - Kungsportsplatsen and Nordstan.
We are adding info about the Christmas events for 2018 as we get them. Much of the events are annual Christmas events.
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Christmas at Liseberg
On November 16, 2018 Liseberg opens up for Christmas.
Come and experience Liseberg in the winter. The entire park is illuminated by millions lights and from a distance, you see the big illuminated "tree". Here you find everything for Christmas: good food, mulled wine and gingerbread, skating-rink, Santa Claus, candy, song and music, christmas market, rides, animals, ghost hotel, gifts, lusse buns and much more. New for this year is that there will be a spectacular light show after the ice show.
Christmas on Liseberg 2018 opens up Nov 16 and have opened the following days in November: 16-18, 23-25 and 29-30. In december: 1-2, 5-9, 11-2-23 and 26-30. (Closed on Dec 3-4, 10, Christmas Eve (24) and Christmas Day (25)). More info about Christmas at Liseberg »
The Christmas city in Gothenburg will be opened on November 29, 2018 at 17.00 at Götaplatsen. Song with Lucia choir from Hvitfeldska high school. The same day the whole city will sparkle in light. The lights will be lit til Jan 6, 2019.
Note! The program for this years 2018 opening ceremony is not set.
There will be a torch train from Gustav Adolfs Torg to Götaplatsen, there are students from Hvitfeldskas music classes that open.
On the opening ceremony, there will be an award ceremony. The prize will be awarded by Lena Malm - City Council chairman. The prize highlights
The city will light up in its shining light. At the inauguration, Gothenburg Art Museum will be highlighted. The light is created
by the international light artist; Aleksandra Stratimirovic, who won the Christmas City Light Design Competition.
Each year the Park and Nature Administration delivers a Christmas tree to Gustav Adolfs Torg. This year the Christmas tree will come from area around Nääs.
This year, the Christmas tree comes from an area a little bit outside Gothenburg, called Nääs. The Christmas tree is lit up on Thursday, November 30 in afternoon.
It is usually transported by truck at night, not to disrupt traffic.
The Christmas tree stands in place through the mid of January 2018.
Lights in Slottskogen and Trädgårdsföreningen
11 Nov 2017 - 21 Jan 2018
The artist Bruce Munro's installations are shown for the first time in Sweden. He is famous for his large light installations with fiber optics, LED lights, digital projection and various light objects. Bruce Munro has previously exhibited at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, at the Guggenheim Museum in New York and at Uluru (Ayers Rock) in Australia.
Slottskogen / light installation Göteborg Gathering: The light installation will appear on the slope up towards the Natural History Museum, next to the entrance at Linnéplatsen.
Trädgårdsföreningen / light installation LIGHT: The exhibition in Trädgårdsföreningen consists of six different light installations, which are displayed in the Palm house.
Christmas Light in Haga
Every year the Christmas Light in Haga lights upand the Christmas feeling begins to manifest itself.
The lights are usually lit in early November and this year will be November 9, 2017.
Christmas lights are lit on the evening of November 9th and this evening it´s for free, gingerbread cookies and "glögg".
You can also shop, the shops are open until 8 PM.
Christmas markets in Haga start: (Nov. 25, Dec. 2017).
Singing Christmas tree
The Singing Christmas tree at Kungsportsplatsen (near the statue Kopparmärra).
See and hear the singing Christmas tree choir a tradition since 2004 with inspiration from The singing Christmas Tree in New York. This year you can see Lucia choir and children choirs.
Each year, it is exciting to wait for the Christmas windows at NK on Östra Hamngatan.
What is this years theme? Always equally exciting to see what is hiding in the large windows outside NK. On November 19th just before 12 (noon) the windows is revealed and Christmas comes to us all. Santa is also here.
Meet Santa Claus at NK: Starts Sunday Nov 19, at 12 noon -4 PM.
1940 was Gothenburg's first Lucia, 17-year-old Mette Sörviken from Utbynäs. 201, the tradition of choosing the Gothenburg Lucia was ended. But in year 2017 the tradition of Lucia is taken care of by the music program at Hvitfeldtska Higschool. The will sing various Lucia concerts in various places in Gothenburg.
Nov 24 - Dec 22, 2018 (Saturdays & Sundays) Duration: approx 3 hours Departs from: Lilla Bommen at noon
Brunch cruise onboard M/S Carl Michael Bellman in the Goteborg archipelago. On board it is served a Christmas buffet with delicacies and as finishing good desserts. This ticket include boat ticket, brunch and glass of mulled wine.
Nov 20 - Dec 20, 2018 (Tuesdays - Saturdays) Duration: approx 3 hours Departs from: Lilla Bommen at 6pm
Lotta Bäckström is serving us a delicious, extra green Christmas buffet with inspiration from the sea. The Christmas smorgasbord of Lotta is perfect for the ones who appreciate a healthy and tasteful Christmas food alternative.
Nov 16 - Dec 22 , 2018 (Tuesdays - Saturdays) Duration: approx 3.5 hours Departs from: Lilla Bommen at 6.30pm
Christmas buffet with muisc in the Gothenburg archipelago. Cruise through the archipelago of Gothenburg in this beautiful ship from 1881 while enjoying a lovely Christmas dinner on board. You will also enjoy classic Christmas music.
End of nov - Dec 23, 2018.
Go with the Paddan boats to Liseberg Amusement Park. A cozy trip through Gothenburg via the lock in Fattighusån.
Before the ride, there are hot glögg served with gingerbread cookies by the fireplace.
The tour includes boat tour with guide and entry to Christmas at Liseberg.
You can also book only the boat trip without entry.
Season: End of nov - Dec 23 , 2018 (Thuesdays - Saturdays) Departs from: Kungsportsbron (Kungsportsplatsen) Time: 40 min
Christmas is the time for Christmas markets and in Gothenburg, you'll find a few markets in different areas.
Nordstan: (17 nov- 31 dec 2017). Inside the Shopping Center Nordstan is the Christmas market with about 40 stands. Everything from food to things. More information: www.nordstan.se
(25 nov-16 dec 2017). Christmas Market in Haga, Gothenburgs cozy area with cobblestone streets, cafés and small shops. Sales in shops and markets outside at Haga Nygata. Saturdays kl 10-16 och Sundays kl 11-16
Kronhuset: (2 dec - 17 dec - 2017). (Tuesdays - Sundays).
Gothenburg's oldest house, you'll find in Kronhusbodarna just behind Gustaf Adolfs Torg. Here you will be met by Christmas decorations, scent of mulled wine, burnt almonds and, of course, all the market dealers. Tuesdays-Fridays kl 11-18. Saturdays-Sundays kl 11-16
Gustav Adolfs Torg:(25 nov - 23 dec ,2017). Christmas market at Gustav Adolfs Torg adjacent Nordstan shoppingcenter. Shop for Christmas gifts and Christmas food on the square.. Saturdays and Sundays at 9-16 and Dec 21-23 at 9-16.
Liseberg: (17 nov-30 dec 2017) Inside Liseberg amusement park you have a Christmas market filled with treats and presents. It is fantastic beautiful with all the Christmas lights. If you haven´t been here before do not miss a visit to Liseberg during Gothenburg Christmas time. More information: www.liseberg.se
Frölunda Torg: (11-23 dec 2016).Inside the shopping center Frölunda Torg, you are invited to Christmas market. This year it is divided into two different Christmas markets: Design Crafts Market (Centralhallen) and Deli Market (Salutorget outside Hemköp). In the craft booths you will find ceramics, leather, mulled wine, mustard, jewelry and more and in the deli booths delicatessen. Frölunda Torg kicks off Christmas at 6pm on Nov 27, 2015 with a Christmas Lightning Ceremony, at the event "Black Friday". Daily 11-23/12. More information: www.frolundatorg.se
Kville Saluhall: (16 dec, 2017) Kvillejul is arranged outside Kville Saluhall. On site, it is offered at Christmas market, beautiful Christmas songs and granary sales. You can buy Swedish glögg and gingerbread cookies. Kl. 10-16 (16/12). Gustaf Dalénsgatan 2 (Hisingen) Mer information: Kvillejul
Röda Sten: (Dec 1-3 , 2017) Christmas Market in the Cathedral and an exhibition of Young and Creative. Welcome to the workshop and much more. (Dec 1-3). Röda Sten More information: Röda Sten
St Jörgens Park: (Nov 26 - 2017) There will be a lot of fun with where you can ride a horse and a carriage. The golf restaurant serves waffles. Reserve table for brunch. Give your wish list to Santa etc. Kl. 11 AM (Nov 26. Knipplekullen 8-10 (Hisingen) More information : St Jörgens Park
Christmas Market outside Gothenburg
Tjolöholm Slott: Nov 17-19 o& 22-26 , 2017.
Gunnebo Christmas Market: Nov 25 - Dec 3 , 2017.
Carlstens Fortress (Marstrand): Nov 10 - 12 , 2017. Here you meet ceramists, textile craftsmen, wood carpenters, smiths who exhibit their own works. Take the
chance and shop for different Christmas presents.
Welcome to the Christmas markets in Gothenburg
New Year in Gothenburg - New Years Eve 2017/2018
Celebrate the New Year at Götaplatsen
Come and celebrate New Years Eve at Götaplatsen. Starting at 23:30.
Now it has become a tradition in Gothenburg to celebrate the New Year at Götaplatsen. "No one should have to be alone on New Year '' is the message. The ceremony starts at 23.30 with speeches, film and countdown to the new year. This year Emma Knyckare will be the confrencier.
Sylvesterloppet at. 12 (Heden)
The same day the Sylvesterlopp take place with the start at Heden. 10 km on a two-lap track along the Avenue, Ullevi, Gårda through and around the Swedish Exhibition Centre.
Note! it is not allowed to fire off fireworks during the New Year celebrations.
The GP yearly New Year firework
Kvillepiren - Gothenburg harbour - 31 dec 2017, at 5pm
A real New Year tradition is to dress warm and get down to the Goteborg harbour to see the fantastic New Year fireworks. People gather on both the city center area at Lilla Bommen, the Opera House, Masthugget and on the island Hisingen at Ramberget and along the harbour overlooking Lilla Bommen and the Opera House.
Expect queues if you come by car. Please remember to put on hearing protection on kids. Dress warm.