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.
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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, 11-23 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.
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 city will light up in its shining light. At the inauguration, Gothenburg Art Museum will be highlighted and so will the rest of Goteborg.
Each year the Park and Nature Administration delivers a Christmas tree to Gustav Adolfs Torg.
Christmas Tree will arrive nov 26-27, 2018.
It is usually transported by truck at night, not to disrupt traffic.
The Christmas tree stands in place through the mid of January 2019.
Christmas Light in Haga
Every year the Christmas Light in Haga lights up and the Christmas feeling begins.
The lights are usually lit in November and this year it will start on November 15, 2018.
Christmas lights are lit on the evening of November 15th at 6.30PM and this evening you can taste gingerbread cookies and "glögg" for free.
You can also shop in the shops along Haga Nygata.
Christmas market in Haga: Nov 24 - Dec 6, 2018.
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 also see the Lucia choir.
Nov 29 - Dec 22, 2018, Kungsportsplatsen Dec 5 and 7: Lucia choir performs at 6PM & 6:30PM Find hours here »
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 18th at 11:50 AM the windows is revealed and Christmas comes to us all. Santa is also here.
This years theme: "A magic Christmas". The display windows show what happens at the department store when employees and customers are not in place.
Meet Santa Claus at NK: Starts Sunday Nov 18, at Noon - 4 PM.
Dates: Sat-Sun 18 nov - 9 dec. Every day 15 - 23 dec.
At Ljusgården NK.
Every year you can meet Santa Claus at Nordstan. This year he will be here between Dec 1 - 20. Christmas in Nordstan starts November 24th, 2018.
Times for Santa 2018:
Saturdays 1/12, 8/12, 15/12, 22/12 at.12-16
Sundays 2/12, 9/12, 16/12 at.12-16
Fridays 14/12, 21/12 at.15-18
Thursdays 20/12 at.15-18 Performances in Nordstan
Christmas starts with Brunnsbo childrens choir: 24 nov 2018, at 12-16 Joyvoice: 26 nov at18.30 - 19. The Nut Cracker: 29 nov at 16-19 GöteborgsOperan: 8 dec at 11-15 Lucia: 13 dec at 16 & 16.30 Kammarkören Vox Magna: 18 dec at 19-20
Give Christmas gifts, Dec 1 2018, at 11.30AM - 3PM
Give Christmas gifts to the needy in Gothenburg. Donate to the children and the elderly who have it tough. Stadsmissionen takes care of the Christmas presents and distributes them.
The tram go on a ride in the center of Gothenburg. Start and stop is at Drottningtorget. During the ride, it passes Vagnhallen Majorna, Valand, Sankt Sigfrids Plan, Härlanda and Wieselgrensplatsen.
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 Senior High School. They will have 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.
Nov 23 - Dec 23, 2018 (Fridays - Sundays)
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.
Season: Nov 23 - Dec 23, 2018 (Fri - Sun) 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: (16 nov- 30 dec 2018). Inside the Shopping Center Nordstan is the Christmas market with about 40 stands. Everything from food to things.
16 dec: GAIS Christmas market
20 dec: Frölunda Indians Christmas market
(24 nov-22 dec 2018). 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: (1 - 22 dec 2018). (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-Sundays kl 11-18
Gustav Adolfs Torg: (1 - 23 dec, 2018). Christmas market at Gustav Adolfs Torg adjacent Nordstan shoppingcenter. Shop for Christmas gifts and Christmas food on the square..
Saturdays and Sundays and Dec 20-21 at 9AM - 6PM.
Liseberg: (16 nov-30 dec 2018) 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
Kville Saluhall: (16 dec, 2017)Sorry no date for 2018 yet. 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. Gustaf Dalénsgatan 2 (Hisingen) Mer information: Kvillejul
Röda Sten: (Nov 30 - Dec 2, 2018) Christmas Market in Röda Sten Konsthall with crafts and design.
Fri kl. 17-20, Sat-Sund kl. 12-17 More information: Röda Sten
Sankt Jörgen Park: (Nov 24 - 25, 2018) There will be a lot of fun with where you can ride a horse and a carriage and buy christmas presents..
Kl. 10-16. Knipplekullen 8-10 (Hisingen) More information: Sankt Jörgen Park
Carlstens Fortress (Marstrand): Nov 8 - 11 , 2018. Here you meet ceramists, textile craftsmen, wood carpenters, smiths who exhibit their own works. Take the
chance and shop for Christmas presents.
Welcome to the Christmas markets in Gothenburg
New Year in Gothenburg - New Years Eve 2018/2019
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.
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 2018, 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.