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If you’re looking for Christmas city breaks in Europe then make sure to visit the Liseberg Christmas market in Gothenburg. Christmas in Europe is a special time of year and this Gothenburg Christmas market might just be the best Christmas market in Europe!
It was exactly what I was after when I was researching Europe’s best Christmas markets. I was after a Christmas break in Europe and came across Gothenburg in Sweden when I searched for cheap flights on Skyscanner.
Gothenburg, Sweden gets cold in the winter (but not too cold), there’s plenty to see and do there, it’s not too expensive (especially for Sweden) and their Christmas market is awesome! In fact, I couldn’t have been happier with my Christmas market trip to Gothenburg.
Where is Gothenburg?
Gothenburg, or Göteborg, is a relatively small town on the west coast of Sweden. It’s known for its Dutch style canals and tree lined roads. It’s a popular destination in both summer and winter. Gothenburg also has its own archipelago (a group of islands) that are beautiful in their wildness and offer some great, fresh seafood.
Gothenburg is Sweden’s second largest city and has a relaxed, hipster vibe. It’s only a short flight away from London and flying with Norwegian was very affordable. Gothenburg is large enough to full of things to do and cafes to browse but small enough to explore in a weekend.
Where is the Gothenburg Christmas market?
The Gothenburg Christmas market takes place at Gothenburg’s amusement park. The amusement park is called Liseberg and it’s open all year round. However, for the Christmas holidays it takes on a Christmassy transformation.There are outdoor Christmas lights, a chance to visit Santa’s grotto, carols, arcades and, of course, plenty of opportunity to get some Christmas gifts from the market.
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, Göteborg opened way back in 1923 and is one of Scandinavia’s most visited amusements parks and even Forbes has picked Liseberg Park as one of the best amusement parks in the world.
Why you should visit Gothenburg Christmas market
I’ve visited many Christmas markets in Europe and the Liseberg Christmas experience is by far my favourite. In my view it’s one of the best Christmas markets in the world. You get that traditional Christmas market vibe but the stalls include homewares and gifts you’d actually want to buy.
At many Christmas markets in Europe you can only buy tat or candied nuts, at the Gothenburg Christmas market you can buy classy gifts.
If you’re in search of affordable and cheap Christmas market breaks then Gothenburg is also a great option. You don’t usually think of Sweden as being budget friendly, but Gothenburg was surprisingly affordable. And the flights from the UK are SO cheap! Christmas at Liseberg is well worthy of being amongst the top Christmas markets in Europe.
My experience visiting the 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 (a Swedish mulled wine), Father Christmas and the elves from his workshop, arcades, rides, hot chocolates and Christmas carols blaring from the speakers across Liseberg amusement park.
During the festive season Liseberg becomes 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. There’s Rabbit Land, Medieval Village and Lapland complete with a trip to Santa.
Rabbit Land was my favourite with it’s multi-coloured fairy lights, presents, abundance of Christmas trees and a giant rabbit! Medieval Land had a huge ship with carol singers and quaint look houses as well as a Princess Castle. But a trip to a Christmas market isn’t complete without heading to Santa’s grotto!
As fantastic as the whole of the Christmas market at Liseberg Park was, one of the best parts was the open fires. There were open fireplaces throughout Liseberg Park and they gave of an incredible amount of much needed heat as you explored this magical wonderland.
Make sure to get some Glogg during your visit to Liseberg Christmas market. The Swedish version of mulled wine, Glogg is sweeter and a bit more syrupy than a lot of mulled wines. There’s also the option to have some raisins and almonds in your drink for that something extra special.
What to do at the Gothenburg Christmas Market
There’s so much to do at the Christmas market in Gothenburg but here are a few of the things you can’t miss as you wander around Liseberg at Christmas; one of the best European Christmas destinations!
- Drink Glogg – warm up with this festive drink
- Go ice skating
Watch the Swan Lake ballet on ice at Liseberg Christmas market. Each performance lasts 20 minutes and shows are weekdays 19.00 at Saturdays 16.30 & 19.00 and sundays at 17.00.
- Meet the Liseberg snowmen who stand at the entrance gates
- Shop for designer gifts on top of the Liseberg Tower
- Wander the Christmas market for presents, sweet treats and roasted almonds
- Discover an Old-fashioned Christmas in the Old Fashioned quarter
- Listen to carols on-board the ships in the harbour area
- Visit Rabbit Land – kids and adults will love it
- Be amazed by the lights throughout the park
- Play at the arcade
- Visit Santa in his workshop!
- Ride the massive ferris wheel over the park
When is the Liseberg Christmas market open?
The Liseberg Christmas experience is open on the following days:
- November: 16–18, 23–25 & 29-30
- December: 1–2, 5–9, 11–23 & 26–30.
How to get tickets for the Gothenburg Christmas market
You can buy tickets at the entrance gates or online in advance. There are several options when it comes to buying tickets for this Swedish Christmas market.
The basic admission Liseberg tickets at Christmas cost 110 SEK (£9.30, or just over $12). You can also get an all-in-one pass which includes access to the park as well as admission on the available rides for 265 SEK (£22.50 or $29).
What are the other things to do in Gothenburg?
There are plenty of things to do in Gothenburg and there are lots of top Gothenburg attractions. Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you shouldn’t visit. A Gothenburg winter trip is a great idea! If you’re wondering what to see in Gothenburg then take a look at this list.
- Visit the archipelago: The archipelago should be on your list of ‘what to do in Gothenburg’. Read more about these beautiful islands.
- Gothenburg Museum of Art: This art museum houses impressive Nordic collections from the 15th century and lots more
- Eat fresh fish at the Feskekôrka fish market: The “Fish Church” is a fish market hall and it’s a great spot for lunch.
- Take plenty of ‘Fika breaks’: There are beautiful cafes all over Gothenburg but some of the best are in the Haga district of the city
- Go shopping for Swedish designs: Scandinavian style has won over the world so you’re bound to love shopping for homewares in Gothenburg.
- Try out the local craft beer: Check out the microbreweries that have popped up around town and try the local craft beer
- Go for a sauna and a swim in Frihamnen: This sauna and floating pool are a great way to relax in the afternoon.
- Take in the view from Skansen Kronan: Climb the stairs to the top of Skansen Kronan and enjoy the beautiful views over Gothenburg.
Where to stay in Gothenburg
We stayed in a beautiful Airbnb while in Gothenburg which doesn’t seem to be available anymore. There are plenty of gorgeous Airbnb’s in Gothenburg though.
Here are a few of the best hotels in Gothenburg if you prefer hotels.
- Budget: Linnéplatsens Hotell & Vandrarhem, very cheap, stylish looking hotel with great reviews | Spoton Hostel, Super budget friendly hostel with great reviews, an a good breakfast too!
- Mid-range: Hotel Lorensburg, great location and free breakfast | Hotel Flora, right in the centre of Gothenburg!
- Luxury: Dorsia Hotel, very expensive but has great reviews, good if you’re looking for a treat! | Upper House, very trendy with an awesome looking pool and breakfast included
Getting to Gothenburg and around
If you’re looking to book a Christmas markets Europe weekend break to Gothenburg then you’ll be happy to know that travelling to Gothenburg from the UK is very easy. There are direct flights from London daily and you can find flights for as low as £21 with Skyscanner.
Getting around Gothenburg itself is also very easy. We used the tram network which was easy to understand and covers the city well. A single ticket type can be used on the buses, trams and boats so it’s super easy!
You can get tickets that last 24 or 72 hours and cover the cost of all the journeys you make within that time.
More of the best Christmas markets in Europe
If you’re looking for some more European Christmas markets then check out the following. These European markets know how to celebrate Christmas and are definitely some of the best places in Europe for Christmas.
- Strasbourg, France
- Viennese Christmas Market, Vienna, Austria
- Frankfurt Christmas Market, Birmingham, UK
- Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen, Denmark
- Gendarmenmarkt, Berlin, Germany