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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
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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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      Christina Lornemark 5 years ago from Sweden

      Hi Suzie HQ! It is a fantastic experience for everyone in the family and a visit to Liseberg on a snowy winterday makes the Christmas picture perfect! I hope you will visit someday! Thank you for the encouraging comments and I appreciate the votes and the sharing too!


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      Suzanne Ridgeway 5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Tina, I absolutely loved this and would love to go at wintertime.I have never been to Sweden but have always thought it a beautiful country full of beautiful people! This amusement park and Christmas market looks fabulicious!!! I never heard of it but will put it on my must see Christmas market list as i have often wanted to go to one abroad. Thanks for sharing, have voted and shared.

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      Christina Lornemark 7 years ago from Sweden

      Hello Tom! Thanks for your appreciation! It is almost impossible to make the experience one get in the park justice by photos, so I´m glad you found them awesome!Thank you, for taking the time! Your oppinion is important!

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      Thomas Silvia 7 years ago from Massachusetts

      Looks like a very beautiful amusement park decorated for the Christmas holiday! Great Christmas time hub beautifully illustrated by your awesome photos

      Thumbs up !!!

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      Christina Lornemark 7 years ago from Sweden

      Hello to you greg Z, nice to see you! Traditions is an important way to also pass on history. Even if we now live in a much faster and electronic world our children can get a feeling for how it was "back then". It is easier to learn by experience. What is a holiday stollen? I´m glad you got the Christmas feeeling from the hub! Thanks for stopping by!

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      greg g zaino 7 years ago from L'America- Big Pine Key, Florida

      Hello Thoughtforce.

      The Holidays are upon us! A nice look into the spirit as it visits your land. It has been many years since my visit to beautiful Sweden and Gothenburg. I would love to have visited during the Christmas holidays to enjoy this wondrous site. Mmmm, the almonds roasting and hot wine!

      While living in Germany i especially enjoyed that beverage as we strolled the walkplatz at Christmas time...and holiday Stollen!!! :)

      America seems to have lost a key ingredient to the holidays that Europeans have maintained.

      Thank you fo sharing this pleasurable read and feeling.

      Peace at Christmas 'thoughtforce' and always ~ greg Z

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      Christina Lornemark 7 years ago from Sweden

      Thanks Carrie, for your feedback. Your comments are always appreciated. It´s good that we can share some of our close neighborhood to the world in hubs!

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      carrie450 7 years ago from Winnipeg, Canada

      Beautiful photos thougtforce. How nice it would be to see in person. Well written hub.