Glögg, the scent of sweet cinnamon, and the sparkle of a thousand twinkling fairy lights: there is perhaps no better time to enjoy the Swedish city of Gothenburg than during the winter time. When there’s always the excuse to enjoy fika and in a place where coffee shops are to be found in abundance, here’s your ultimate guide to the best Christmas Markets in Gothenburg.
Haga Julmarknad, Haga District Christmas Market
Christmas market date | 24 November -22 December 2018
In a place which was once on the fringes of town but is now part of the Gothenburg city centre, parts of Haga district date all the way back to the 17th-century. All coffee shops and traditional wooden houses, the Haga Julmarknad market stalls can be found concentrated along Haga Nygata.
Best visited at dusk when the lights come on and hundreds of twinkling fairy lights shine above, the Haga Christmas Market is just as much about the boutique shops in the area as the pop-up stalls that line the streets. While in the area, be sure to check out the prettiest (and most Instagrammable) coffee shop in Gothenburg, Kafé Magasinet.
Kronhusjul, Kronhuset Christmas Market
Christmas market date | 1 – 22 dec 2018
One of the best hidden gems in the city also happens to be one of the oldest buildings in the city. The Kronhuset dates all the way back to 1654 and its traditional brick architecture is easily recognisable once you round the corner. While there are several stalls outside, the main event takes place in the hall’s interior.
And so, even if it’s raining there’s plenty of craft stalls selling local wares and handmade goods to peruse. Among some of the best stalls include those selling Christmas ornaments and another vendor selling chocolates. Nearby, the traditional sweet shop of Sibräcka Choklad AB is well worth a wander around.
Liseberg Funfair Christmas Market
Christmas market date | 16 November -30 December 2018
Truth be told, the best of Christmas markets in Gothenburg is easily that of Liseberg. Set against the backdrop of a funfair, on the outskirts of the city, the rollercoasters carry on twisting as the chalets sell wares below and there’s even an indoor section for when it rains.
This enormous Christmas market is divided into various villages; there’s a medieval market (complete with its own burning fire), a children’s area, and of course, the rides are still running. Best seen midweek so as to avoid the crowds, although you have to pay to enter, entrance to the Christmas fair is included with the Gothenburg Pass.
Tips for visiting Gothenburg at Christmas
If you’re looking to take a trip to the West Coast of Sweden around Christmastime, then you’re in luck. Gothenburg is often dubbed as the ‘Christmas city’ and the entire place is decorated in fairy lights and coffee shops are to be found in abundance.
While the Christmas markets are magical, there are also plenty of museums to check out, and obviously, you can always take a road trip along the Bohuslan coastline. Other Christmas activities in Gothenburg include ice skating and enjoying the city’s incredible foodie scene. For more ideas and inspiration, check out my guide to visiting Gothenburg in the winter.
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