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Christmas at Liseberg in Sweden, will give you an genuine Scandinavian atmosphere!

Updated on December 14, 2012

A visit to the amusement park Liseberg in Gothenburg, Sweden, is a great way to brighten up the dark winter season. It is one of the highlights of Christmas and has become a tradition in our family. The premiere for the year is around 12 November, when the amusement park opens for Christmas. The park is situated in Gothenburg on Sweden’s west coast.


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Gothenburg is situated on Swedens westcoast.

Christmas in Sweden is celebrated during the darkest winter period when the days are short and darkness dominates the days. The sun rise at 8:00 in the morning and disappears again at 15:30 in the afternoon. At least that’s the case for those of us who lives on the West coast in southern Sweden. Since Sweden is an elongated country the day length varies in the country and those living farther north have even shorter days and far north the sun does not go up at all during several months this time of year.

Some years the snow lays white and we have a Christmas as we believe it should be according to the traditions. But since we live pretty far south in the country it might as well be bare ground with rain and grey weather throughout December. Just in this dark time of year when all Swedes go and huddle in large jackets and coats, hats and caps, comes Advent and Christmas! And it is so awaited by many because it brings light into this dark season and that is just what we need!

It is so lovely to revel in light of all varieties and Christmas stars and advent candles can be found in every window. This lights illuminate every little community and town, and everything feels a lot more easier in some way.

Liseberg amusement park, Gothenburg, Sweden

Glogg, or mulled wine
Glogg, or mulled wine
Lovvikkavantar | Source

The amusement park Liseberg is Scandinavia’s largest, attracting around 3,6 million visitors annually. During spring and summer Liseberg is a magnificent park containing 36 rides and adventures. The amusement park Liseberg is infinitely beautiful in summer with all the flower arrangements, the funny an exiting rides and adventures. But in winter, Liseberg is something quite different and special. You do need to get a good dose of Christmas, see elves, snow, and reindeer, and see all the candles and lamps, hear Christmas carols and more. It’s said that the amount of lights in the park is 5 million. Christmas at Liseberg is so close to my childhood Christmas and feels genuine. There is smell of mulled vine, or “glogg” as we call it, and roasted almonds. One can hear Christmas music and laughter from happy children. There is snow and ice and Father Christmas himself! A couple of dozens attractions are open even in the winter, such as carousels, ice rinks, Santa country, sleigh rides and much more. Liseberg is like a fantasy for both grownups and children. And when you are done with the play and attractions you can visit the old-fashioned Christmas market. On the market you can buy Lovikka mittens, reindeer skins, candy and home-rolled cigars. But there is also clothes, souvenirs, ornaments and Santa lights.

After a tour in the park, you might feel a little cold and also hungry. Then it is great to warm up in one of the cafe’s. Or why not visit a restaurant, where you can taste a Swedish julbord (Christmas dinner).

If you visit Sweden and Gothenburg, don´t miss it!

I added photos of mulled wine ,glogg, and Lovikka mittens in case you don´t know what it is. Lovikka mitten is a type of mitten created in 1892 by Erika Aittamaa in the villige Lovikka. Most Lovikka have a borden patten of cross stitch at the wrist that draw the mitten together and prevent you get snow in the mitten. Usually Lovikka mits have a pony tail that is used to hang them up easier! They are great in the winter and is still used frequently! I You can read more about glogg, mulled wine in Sweden here!


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