Liseberg’s Christmas season tempts you with the biggest Christmas market in Sweden, a fairytale ice ballet, exciting rides, tonnes of snow and the aromas of mulled wine and roasted almonds. Today the five million Christmas lights will be turned on. Let the magic begin!
Christmas at Liseberg in Gothenburg was first celebrated in the year 2000. Each year the amusement park receives around half a million visitors during the Christmas period, which this year extends from November 18 until December 30. In addition to the massive Christmas market there is plenty to see and discover for the whole family.
A Christmas market to suit all tastes
At Liseberg itself there is a traditional Christmas market where you can shop for Christmas gifts and all the Christmas delicacies in small, timbered cabins. Along Storgatan and in the harbour area there is an old-fashioned Christmas market with Christmas carols, hot chocolate and paper cones filled with sweets. At the design and craft market you can find individual gifts from well-known brands, as well as local art and craft items. And in the medieval market you can browse for wrought metalwork items and historic jewellery.
The fairytale ice ballet, The Nutcracker, will be performed at the ice rink. The ice ballet is performed to the classical music score by Sweden’s leading ice skaters, dressed in spectacular costumes. Between performances, young and old alike are free to practise their own pirouettes on the ice rink. In the days between Christmas and New Year the cast will give ice-skating lessons on the rink.
The entire area around the ice rink is decorated on the theme of The Nutcracker. This includes a recreation of the sitting room of Clara, the main character, on the night before Christmas Eve. The nine-metre-tall golden Christmas tree is surrounded by gigantic gifts and a musical box carousel that children can ride on.
Julius, the white rabbit, has come down from the North Pole to visit his green cousins in Rabbit Land. There will be Christmas theatre with the rabbits, exciting carousels, lots of decorations and big Christmas parcels.
Santa and the elves have moved into their Christmas workshop. The kids can watch as Santa gets everything ready for the big occasion, and they can write their wish lists and leave them for Santa.
The traditional Sami chant or joik can be heard throughout the Lapland area. The fires burn and the Northern Lights shimmer above the wooden frame of Balder roller coaster. Inside the cabins and tents you can find Sami art, handicrafts and Lapland delicacies.
In the medieval village the most powerful families in the kingdom have gathered to celebrate midwinter with a medieval market and performances by jesters. There will also be a treasure hunt for all children.
Rides & Attractions
27 rides and attractions will be open for Christmas. A Winter Ride Pass gives you as many rides as you want on all of the attractions for SEK 195.
Liseberg is open on 18–20 and 25–27 Nov, and on 1–4, 6–11, 13–23 and 26–30 Dec 2016.
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Source and photo: Liseberg