This year I was after a chilly, Christmassy weekend away. Even more so since the weather in England has been so crazily warm (people should not be sat outside pubs in t-shirts on 20th December)!
My boyfriend and I are spending Christmas with our own families this year, so as a treat I thought we should have our own Christmassy weekend away together.
I wanted a Christmassy market with a difference. Not a German one, not a trip to Paris, or a city like Bruges or Vienna, but something new and ideally a country I’d never been to before.
The good new is I found somewhere perfect.
Liseberg Christmas market in Gothenburg, Sweden!
Gothenburg is Sweden’s second largest city and has the hipster, relaxed and just plain cool vibe that Nordic countries seem to ooze. It’s only a short flight away from London, flights with Norweigan are affordable, the city is large enough to be full of interesting places but small enough to explore in a weekend, there’s beautiful islands just 20 minutes away from the centre AND it’s so damn Christmassy in December.
I’ll cover more about why I fell in love with Sweden and Gothenburg, but for now let’s talk about Christmas! Because it’s almost the actual day after all!
Liseberg Christmas market in Gothenburg
I think Liseberg Christmas market is my ideal Christmas market. It’s not full of stalls selling cheap look decorations, and nor is it full of candy floss.
Instead it’s full of snow, ice skating, glogg (mulled wine), Father Christmas and the elves from his workshop, arcades, rides, hot chocolates and Christmas carols from the speakers.
The rest of the year Liseberg is an amusement park in the centre of Gothenburg with 42 attractions with rides for thrill seekers, including Blader which has twice been voted the World’s best wooden tracked rollercoaster!
Liseberg opened way back in 1923 and is one of Scandinavia’s most visited amusements parks and even Forbes has picked it as one of the best amusement parks in the world.
During the festive season the park is transformed into a Christmas wonderland. It’s got that effortlessly cool Nordic vibe to it and makes you feel Christmassy the minute you pass through the entrance gates.
The park is divided into different sections which enables you to pass through time. There’s Rabbit Land which was my favourite with it’s multi-coloured fairy lights, presents, abundance of Christmas trees and a giant rabbit!
An Old fashioned district with a huge ship, carol singers and quaint looking houses, and even a trip back to the Middle Ages with a Princess castle!
This little shop reminded me of a Jo Malone store!
And of course a Christmas market isn’t Christmassy without a trip to Lapland! Although this lapland had some rather creepy looking moving elves in it…
As fantastic as the whole of Liseberg Park was, one of the best parts were the open fires?
These open fireplaces that were throughout Liseberg Park. They gave off an incredible amount of heat and kept going even when it drizzled a bit!
When you feel like you’ve had one too many cups of Glogg, warming your hands up near the flames is a great alternative!
But then again, can you ever really have too many cups of Glogg? Especially when the Swedes do their version of mulled wine SO well!
Glogg is sweeter and a bit more syrupy than a lot of mulled wines. Plus they sprinkle raisins and almods into the glogg for that extra something special!
- You can find out more about Liseberg and the events throughout the year here
- Entry at Christmas costs 95 SEK (about £7.50)
Go visit next year, I promise you’ll love it!
Check out my youtube vide on Liseberg Christmas market for an even better insight into the festive event!