Christmas Town Gothenburg 2023

Christmas coziness in December in Gothenburg

Here you will find Christmas activities in Gothenburg!

Gothenburg is a cozy Christmas city where there is a lot to experience. Since 2004, Julstaden Göteborg opens its doors in November. We can only hope that this year we get some nice sparkling white snow. The inauguration of the Gothenburg Christmas City will start on November 18, 2023.

We give you tips about what is going on in Gothenburg before Christmas. The cozy lighting that is all around the city are switched on in mid-November and shines a bit into the new year. There will also be Christmas markets, Christmas music, Christmas buffets, Christmas shows, Christmas tours with boat, Santas and much more.

Below you will find a selection of Christmas events in Gothenburg. All dates for 2023 are updated gradually.

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Justaden Göteborg 2021

The Inauguration of Gothenburg Christmas City

Julstaden Göteborg, Friday November 18, 2023

This year, Goteborg Christmas City starts on Friday, November 18, 2023 when Gothenburg is lit up in beautiful lights. The beautiful red Christmas heart shines again this year at the Lion Bridge. Both old and new events await you who intend to stroll around a sparkling Gothenburg.

Don´t miss to take a ride with Amphibious Bus in Gothenburg during December or book a Advent brunch with Strömma in Gothenburg archepilago.

Julgranen på Gustav Adolfs Torg

Gothenburg's Christmas Tree on Gustav Adolfs Torg

Dec 1, 2023 - Jan 13, 2024

Gustav Adolfs Torg | Is lit on Dec 1, 2023, at 3PM
The traditional large Christmas tree is put up as usual on Gustav Adolfs Torg. The tree comes this year from Gantarås, which is outside Töllsjö in Bollebygd municipality. The tree will be driven through Gothenburg during the night between November 26 and 27 and placed in place at Gustav Adolfs Torg where it will be decorated with lights. The lighting will be switched on on Friday, December 1, at 3 p.m. In Gothenburg, this has been a tradition for more than 100 years, with a large Christmas tree centrally located in the city. Last year, the Christmas trees lights were turned off during the day between 9 AM -14 PM, may probably be the same this year. The tree is lit until the weekend of the twentieth of Knut, January 13, 2024.

Göteoborgs Lucia


Lucia concerts in Gothenburg

Goteborg | Lucia sings at different places
In 1940, Gothenburg got its first Lucia, 17-year-old Mette Sörvik from Utbynäs. In 2015, the tradition stopped choosing Lucia, but from 2017, the music program at Hvitfeldtska Gymnasium has taken over the tradition with Lucia. They usually spread light and heat and song during December with Lucia concerts in different places in Gothenburg.

A few Lucia concerts can be found here:

Nordstan: 13 december 2023. Kl. 15.30 (also concert at noon and 2 PM by other chorus)
Gothenburg's official Lucia troupe with students from Hvitfeldtska music program grade 3 visit Nordstans Shoppingcenter with Lucia song.

Hotell Eggers balcony: 13 december 2023. at 7 & 8 AM
It has become a tradition to celebrate Lucia with singing from Hotel Egger's balcony that faces Drottningtorget.

Götaplatsen, Avenyn: 13 december 2023. at 5.30 PM
A Lucia parade goes along the Avenyn at 5 p.m. and ends with a Lucia choir at Götaplatsen at 17.30.

Jul på Liseberg

Christmas at Liseberg

Christmas coziness and Christmas market

Liseberg | Premiere Nov 18, 2023 - Jan 7, 2024
This year we are looking forward to Christmas fun at Liseberg. Don't miss their Christmas market with various artisans, good Christmas food and a visit with Santa's wish list. This year there will also be a winter market at Liseberg's ice rink and you can also go ice skating here.

Of course, there will be cozy Christmas stalls where you can buy Christmas presents before Christmas Eve or why not go there after Christmas Eve and enjoy the last days of the year before New Year's Eve. For those of you who can't get enough of Christmas at Liseberg, they are open until January 7, 2024. Liseberg opens up Christmas at Liseberg on the same day that the whole of Gothenburg opens up Christmas City Gothenburg.

More about Christmas at Liseberg.

Book Christmas Paddan boat tour to Liseberg

Christmas Paddan boat tour to Christmas at Liseberg 2023

Unfortunately, Christmas Paddan 2023 is canceled due to ice in Gothenburg's canals

A wintry sightseeing tour with Paddan to Liseberg and entry to Christmas at Liseberg is included in the price (if you buy that type of ticket). If you do not buy a ticket including entrance to Liseberg, you need to show a valid entrance ticket to Liseberg when boarding. Before the trip, mulled wine and gingerbread are served on the quay.

The boat trip takes you from Kungsportsplatsen, through the moat past Trädgårdsföreningen, under Slussbron, via Fattighusån, past Ullevi and via Gullbergsån. After about 40 minutes, Paddan docks at Liseberg's jetty inside the Christmas-decorated Liseberg. Now all you have to do is step off and experience the Christmas atmosphere at Liseberg.

The ticket includes a boat trip, mulled wine and gingerbread.

More information about the Christmas Paddan here »

Season: 25 nov - 30 dec 2023
Departs: Kungsportsplatsen Time: 40 min

Book a tour with Amphibious Bus in Gothenburg

Amphibious Bus tour in Gothenburg

See Goteborg in nice Christmas lights

Try a trip during Christmas with the amphibious bus in Gothenburg. The tour starts out as a bus but then turns into a boat. The bus takes you past several famous sights on land and then the bus goes straight into the water. Now the amphibious bus has become a well-known feature in Gothenburg since the first tour in 2019. It gets even a little cozier when you can ride around a Christmas-decorated Gothenburg.

You pass several famous attractions in Gothenburg. Guided tour included.

Season: spring - end of Dec 2023
Time: 60 min - 75 min

Tomten i Nordstan

Christmas in Haga

Christmas Market and nice Christmas lights

Haga | Christmas Market Saturdays and Sundays, Nov 25 - Dec 17, 2023.
Every year, the Christmas lights are lit up in the area Haga and the Christmas feeling begins to appear. Shop in the cozy shops along Haga Nygata and slip into a café and drink some hot chocolate along with something good. On the Advent weekends, there is a Christmas market on the streets, where you will find everything from crafts to good Christmas food. Ongoing every Saturday and Sunday for four Advent weekends.

More about Christmas in Haga

Julklappsvagnen vid Drottningtorget

The Christmas Present Tram

Donate presents!

Drottningtorget | Dec 2, 2023
Donate Christmas presents to those in need in Gothenburg. Donate to children and the elderly who are having a hard time. The Stadsmissionen takes care of the packages and distributes them further. The tram takes a tour in the center of Gothenburg. Start and stop are at Drottningtorget. The tram also stops at the following places: Majorna, Valand, Härlanda, Sankt Sigfrids plan, Linnéplatsen, Drottningtorget and Wieselgrensplatsen. One tram will be situated at Drottningtorget between 11 AM - 15 PM. A collaboration between Stadsmissionen and Spårvägssällskapet Ringlinien.

More about the Christmas Present Tram

Tomten i NK

NKs Christmas Windows

What will be the christmas theme in NK's shop windows this year?

NK | Sunday 20 Nov, 2023. The store front windows are unveiled at 10.50 AM
What will be the theme this year? Always just as exciting to see what is hidden in the large shop windows outside NK. If you want to see the shop windows unveiled, come before 10.50 because then the curtain falls. What has been said this year is that Christmas is extra magical at NK. Santa arrives at NK by horse and carriage.

at. 10.15: AM Glögg service outside Östra Hamngatan
at. 10.50: AM The Christmas shop window is unveiled
at. 10.55: AM Santa arrives at NK
at. 11.00: AM Santa opens the department store
at. 11.00 AM – 4 PM Musicians play at the Östra Hamngatan entrance
at. 1, 1:15, 2 PM: Story reading on Plan 2

Santa is on site in the department store to receive Christmas wishes and Santa's children hand out candy. At: 11 AM - 4 PM.

After Nov 19, Santa will still be in place until Dec 23.

Lucia: On December 13, there will be a Lucia train at NK.

Address: Östra Hamngatan

Christmas at Kronhuset Goteborg


Christmas at Kronhuset

Kronhuset | HDK-Valand Christmas Market 15 - 17 dec 2023
Christmas at Kronhuset (Kronhusjul) is back again and lights up the winter darkness! Here in Gothenburg's historic heart, you can buy Christmas presents of the highest quality from the craftsmen in Kronhusbodarna as well as various exhibitors in Kronhuset and at Kronhusgården. Christmas market is held all 4 Advent weekends in the Kronhuset Rikssal. Outside on the Kronhusgården there are Christmas stalls with various sales.

Friday 15 dec at. 4-8 PM
Saturday 16 dec at 11 AM-8 PM
Sunday 17 dec at 11 AM-8 PM

Go Gothenburg Pass


A Gothenburg tourist card filled with free admission!

With a Go City Gothenburg Pass you can discover Gothenburg at a discounted price. This Gothenburg card is filled with entrances to sights, museums and sightseeing. You pay a fixed price for the card that is valid for different numbers of days: 1, 2, 3 or 5 days. Visit as many attractions as you can of all that is included.

More info about Go City Gothenburg Pass

Free admission and sightseeing:

Paddan tour


Goteborg City Museum

Bohus Fortress



Gunnebo House

Boat- and Bus tours

Buy ticket to Christmas Cruise in Gothenburg Archepilago

Christmas Dinner Cruise with M/S S:t Erik

Christmas buffet in Goteborg Archipelago

Lilla Bommen | Nov 10 - Dec 21, 2023
Book a Christmas buffet on board M/S S:t Erik, wonderful Christmas food is served in a turn-of-the-century environment. Enjoy good Christmas food during your trip in the Gothenburg Archipelago. A a troubadour will also be on board.

Classic Christmas Cruise in Gothenburg 2023

Christmas Lunch with M/S Göteborg

Christmas buffet in Goteborg Archipelago

Lilla Bommen | Nov 18 - Dec 17, 2023
Join us on a wonderful winter cruise with Christmas brunch buffet onboard M / S Gothenburg. For 3 hours you can enjoy a buffet with all the classic Christmas favorites. Departs Saturdays and Sundays at noon 12.

Nordstan Tomten jul

Nordstan Santa

Come and meet Santa

Nordstans Shoppingcenter | Christmas Market 2 - 23 dec, 2023
Inside the Nordstan shopping center there will be a traditional Christmas market in December. This year you can buy Christmas presents from 17 exhibitors with a variety of products such as: handicrafts, mulled wine, marzipan and confectionery, jewellery, clothes, art, etc.

Even Santa comes here from the North Pole. You can meet him for a few days and leave your Christmas gift wishes. Santa is on site in Nordstan on the following days:

16, 17 och 22 december: at noon - 3 PM

Tomtebrottning i Nordstan under julen i Göteborg

Santa Wrestling in Nordstan

Every year it happens! Santa Wrestling with boys and girls from ÖIS in Nordstan.

Date: Saturday Dec 2.
Plats: Nordstan, Gothenuburg Time: at noon - 4 PM

Book Christmas Cruise in Gothenburg 2023

Christmas lunch with M/S S:t Erik in Archipelago

Christmas lunch in the archipelago

Lilla Bommen | Nov 22 - Dec 21, 2023
Join us for a Christmas lunch with M / S St Erik in the Gothenburg archipelago. How about several kinds of herring, salmon and much more that you recognize on the Christmas table. Then there will be the dessert table that you can´t resist.

Book Christmas Dinner in Gothenburg

Christmas Dinner Cruise with M/S Carl Michael Bellman

Dinner with Christmas Food

Lilla Bommen | Nov 10 - Dec 21, 2023
You are welcomed with a mulled wine when you board. Then enjoy a wonderful brunch with a Christmas table at M / S Gothenburg. The Christmas table offers well-known classics together with unique news and exciting variants of our Swedish Christmas table favorites. Suitable for those of you who like to eat Christmas dinner during lunch.

See more boat tours during Christmas in Gothenburg »

Christmas markets in Gothenburg

Christmas is the time of the Christmas markets and in Gothenburg you will find a lot of Christmas markets around the city.

Christmas market in Gothenburg:

Nordstan: Dec 1 - 23, 2023
Inside the Shopping Center Nordstan there is a Christmas market with lots of craftsmen. Everything from food to Christmas items.
Opening Hours: 10 AM - 18 PM
Address: Nordstan shoppingcenter

Liseberg: Nov 18 - Dec 30, 2023
Come to Liseberg and cuddle around and shop from the exhibitors in the stalls.
Opening hours: see website
Address: The grand entrance opposite the Gothia Towers hotel

Haga: All 4 Advent weekends between Nov 25 - Dec 17, 2023
Christmas market in Haga. Gothenburg's cozy district with cobbled streets, cafes and small shops. Sales in both shops and market stalls along Haga Nygata.
Opening Hours: Every Saturday and Sunday during four Advent weekends.
Address: Haga Nygata

Kville Saluhall: Saturday Dec 9 at 10 AM - 4 PM, 2023
Kvillejul is arranged outside and inside the Kville Saluhall. On site, there is a Christmas market, beautiful Christmas songs and spruce sales. Santa's coming too. Mulled wine and gingerbread are served.
Opening Hours: at 10 AM - 4 PM.
Address: Gustaf Dalénsgatan 2 (Hisingen)

Christmas markets a bit outside Gothenburg

Tjolöholm Slott: Between Nov 17-19, 24-26 and Nov 30 to Dec 3, 2023
Tjolöholm Castle invites you to Christmas atmosphere weekends. Book a ticket for the event. The exhibitors will be in the estate's various premises, including the spacious grain warehouse. In Magasinet there is also the plot that receives the children's wishes. How about booking a Christmas Tea this year !
Opening Hours: see website

Stora Holms Säteri: Dec 9 - 10, 2023
The Christmas market is always held the weekend of the second Advent. This year, the market is held indoors in all the farm's premises, such as Stenstallet, Trådgårdhuset and others.
Opeing Hours: see website

Nääs Fabriker: Dec 2 - 3 & 9 - 10, 2023
The Christmas market will come to Näs' factories with a wide range of exhibitors of handicrafts, you will be able to buy something good to eat and there will be activities for the children. It is also said that the site itself will visit this year.
Opening Hours: see website.

Bohus Fästning: Dec 2- 3, 2023
Christmas market at Bohus Fortress. Truly a different place to go to the Christmas market - in a fortress. Here at the castle among the wings of history you will find handicrafts, Christmas gifts and good tasting experiences. Maybe Santa will look in too.
Opening hours: At noon - 6 PM
Address: Bohus Fästning, Kungälv

Höno-Klåva: Dec 2 - 3, 2023
Go to Höno and Klåva for a cozy Christmas market. Here, the wind from the sea bites your cheeks. Stroll around among the market stalls and then slip into a café or restaurant and warm up.
Opening hours: at 10 AM - 4 PM
Address: Hönö-Klåva, Gothenburg's Northern Archipelago (car ferry from Lilla Varholmen, Hisingen)

New Year's event in Gothenburg!

Do not miss the fireworks at the port of Gothenburg during New Year's Eve.

Nyårsfirande Kvillepiren i Göteborg

GP's annual New Year's fireworks

Gothenburg Harbour - Dec 31 dec 2023, at 5PM

Kvillepiren | Fireworks on New Year's Eve 2023
Come and see the beautiful fireworks that are launched from the Kville Pier by the Göta River. Since 1982, GP has had a tradition of setting off fantastic New Year's fireworks at 5 p.m. It has also become a tradition for many to go into town to see the fine colors and shapes in the sky. It usually shows star bombs, saturn bombs and glittering gold rain. There are several places to see the New Year's fireworks such as: Kvillepiren, SVT House, the Opera, house, Göta Älv Bridge, Lilla Bommen, Stenpiren, Ramberget, Masthugg Church and of course along the river on both sides. Now we just hope for clear and nice weather.


You can choose from different types of accommodation in Gothenburg ranging from luxury hotels to hostels. Maybe you want a hotel with a pool or the most important thing is that it is close to a special place in Gothenburg.

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