The Best Christmas Markets in Gothenburg

Every year the City ​​of Christmas in Sweden, Gothenburg, starts the celebrations in mid-November. The popular Christmas markets are accompanied by other special events such as the Lucia Concerts, the choral carols of the famous den sjungande julgranen, a living Christmas “tree” made up of local singers, or the millions of lights that decorate the city to give it a beautiful atmosphere that becomes even more magical snow should it snow.

A couple of years ago we were visited the city in December and really enjoyed it. We will be back for sure! In this article I will tell you about the best Christmas markets to visit in Gothenburg.

En Brunnsparken en Gotemburgo en diciembre

In Brunnsparken in Gothenburg in December 
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Liseberg’s Christmas Market

Ranking first is Liseberg’s Christmas Market which is undoubtedly the king of Christmas markets in Gothenburg and among those around Sweden. Perhaps with the only competitor being the Christmas market at Taxinge Castle near Stockholm.

Liseberg en Navidad en Gotemburgo Foto: Israel Úbeda / sweetsweden.com

Liseberg at Christmas in Gothenburg
Photo: Israel Úbeda / sweetsweden.com

Sweden’s best Christmas market is precisely located in the largest amusement park in Scandinavia. That results in tourists and visitors being able to enjoy an atmosphere lit up by millions of Christmas lights and stands full of little things to buy or taste while another part of the family is spending their holidays riding the attractions, carousels and roller coasters open in winter. There is even a part of the park, Kaninlandet, specially dedicated to kids. So don’t be scared to bring yours here.

En Liseberg por Navidad <br> Foto: Israel Úbeda / sweetsweden.com

We, In Liseberg for Christmas
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In fact, inside Liseberg, different Christmas markets meet in the same space:

  • the normal market
  • the gammaldags julmarknad, an old-fashioned market
  • the Designmarknad, a design market in the upper part of the park where the access to the giant ferris wheel is also located

Designmarknad, a Design Market in Liseberg, Gothenburg 
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  • the medieval town market with stands where you can buy gifts from that time
Mercado medieval en Liseberg <br> Foto: Liseberg

Medieval Market in Liseberg
Photo: Liseberg

As if this were not enough, the entry ticket allows you to watch a theater play on skates on the ice rink of Liseberg. The international play in 2019 is Charles Dickens’s Christmas Tale. You have free admission to Liseberg buying the Gothenburg Pass (read here 30 other things to do when buying the Gothenburg Pass).

If you dare you can also enjoy the Christmas buffet in one of its four restaurants. We tried Stjärnornas Krog classic buffet last year and enjoyed it very much including the so-called gottebord, a table with a lot of desserts, and Swedish glögg, the local mulled wine.

Julbord en Stjärnornas Krog, Gotemburgo

Julbord in Stjärnornas Krog, Gothenburg 
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Postres de julbord en Stjärnonars Krog, Gotemburgo

Julbord Desserts in Stjärnonars Krog, Gothenburg 
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In the Hamnkrog restaurant the julbord is based on seafood. The Green Room restaurant serves a vegetarian version and in Hotell Liseberg Heden Restaurang you can enjoy a traditional buffet.

Oh, a preferred way to get to the amusement park that we really loved is by going around the city channels aboard a big flat boat called julpaddan. The ticket is also included if you buying the Gothenburg Pass or can be purchased separately here.

Julpaddan llegando a Liseberg Foto: stromma.se

Julpaddan Arriving In Liseberg
Photo: stromma.se

If you visit Liseberg you will spend a lot of time outside so it is highly recommended to dress in warm clothes. In spite of that, as Swedes are very farsighted, they have a kind of electric brazier available for you to get warm every now and then. Use them!

Calentándonos las manos en Liseberg

Warming Our Hands in Liseberg
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At Christmas 2019 Liseberg is open in November 15 to 17, 22 to 24 and 28 to 30 and in December 1, 4 to 8, 10 to 23 and 26 to 30.

The Traditional Kronhuset Christmas Market

This traditional market called Kronhusjul is the oldest of those held in Gothenburg. The location, Kronhuset or The Crown House, is the oldest building in Gothenburg. In 2018, more than 50,000 people visited this market.

Kronhuset en Gotemburgo

Kronhuset in Gothenburg 
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This place, a former warehouse for military equipment in Dutch-style from the mid-17th century, was made entirely of wood except for the ceiling and walls. The building is located behind Gustav Adolf Square on Kronhusgatan Street, just a five-minute walk from the city center.

Kronhuset at Christmas 
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The market takes place inside and outside the Kronhuset and also the Kronhusbodarna, a group of cabins surrounding it.

Interior de mercado de Navidad de Kronhuset, Gotemburgo

Interior of Kronhuset Christmas Market, Gothenburg 
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You will find crafts, design objects, ceramics and chocolates from a nearby chocolate factory among many other things.

Fábrica de chocolate en Kronhusbodarna, Gotemburgo

Chocolate Factory in Kronhusbodarna, Gothenburg 
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In 2019 the Kronhuset Christmas Market is held from November 30 to December 21. Mondays are closed. Weekdays from 11:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and weekends from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The Haga Christmas Market

Walking along the neighborhood of Haga is one of my ten recommended things to do in Gothenburg at Christmas. In 2019 on weekends from November 30 to December 22 you also have the julmarknad i Haga or Christmas market in Haga.

Detalle de un trineo y un abeto en Haga, Gotemburgo <br> Foto: jul i Haga / facebook

Detail of a Sleigh and a Fir in Haga, Gothenburg
Photo: jul i Haga / facebook

In Haga’s Christmas Market you will find stands with Swedish Christmas sweets and other delicatessen, crafts and design and everything related to this season of year. It is located on the main street in this neighborhood, Haga Nygata, and the schedule in 2019 is on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Mi mujer en Haga nygatan en diciembre

My wife at Haga Nygatan in December 
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If you fancy a fika remember that in this street you can taste the famous hagabullen, a giant cinnamon roll available at Café Husaren. Although you can also try many different types of fikabröd at outdoor stands.

Kanelbullar gigantes en el barrio de Haga, Gotemburgo <br> Foto: Israel Úbeda / sweetsweden.com

Kanelbullar in Haga Neighborhood, Gothenburg 
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The Röda Sten Christmas Market

Röda Sten is an art gallery and design center located next to the Älvsborgsbron bridge. It is accessible with trams 3 or 9 and Vagnhallen Majorna stop from where you need to walk for about 10 minutes.

Röda Sten art gallery in Gothenburg
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Being an art gallery in this market you will find innovative art objects by local designers.

Röda Sten Christmas Market
Photo: gbg & co

This market is only open from November 29 to December 1, 2019.

The à la London Design Market

Do you know what is one of the slang names for Gothenburg? Lilla London or Little London. It is not surprising, therefore, that there are several references to this name in the city. One of them is the market for design objects «à la London». Inside you will find fashion, accessories, art and interior decoration objects.

à la London is One of the Christmas Design Markets in Gothenburg
Photo: à la London / facebook

For three days «à la London» presents a design market in which 80 local designers – half new and half repeating from previous years – offer their inspiring products. This market is a unique occasion for those looking for something unique to take back home and bought directly from the creators. They also offer workshops, afterwork and trendspotting with the start of the “à la Londons Design Talks”.

Local Designers Offer Their Products at à la London in Gothenburg
Photo: à la london / facebook

The market is held from November 22 to 24 on Tredje Långgatan Street inside the Auktionsverket Kulturarena building. Admission costs SEK 50 (4.5 € / $5.20 / £4).

Other Popular Markets in Gothenburg

Otros popular markets in the city are:

  • the Christmas Market at Gustav Adolf Square from November 30 to December 23.
  • the Christmas Market at Nordstan Shopping Mall from November 20 to December 30.

Markets on the Outskirts of Gothenburg

If you want to go and have a look at the archipelago in winter you can visit the Hönö Klåva market on the island of Hönö which is held on November 30 and December 1 and every Saturday until December 21, 2019. You can get to Hönö by boat aboard the M / S Kungsö from the Stenpiren pier in the center of Gothenburg.

If you are looking for Christmas markets inside castles, you have one at Tjöloholm Castle from November 22 to December 1 and at Gunnebo Slott from November 23 to December 1. Another special market is held at Nääs Fabriker on November 30 and December 1. You will need to rent a car to reach these markets or depart on special bus tours prepared for tourists.

Now you know which are the best markets in Gothenburg at Christmas. Check the dates for your visit and do not miss them!

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About Israel Úbeda

Since 2002 traveling to Sweden and sometimes even living in the country. Some years ago I decided to share my love for the country and its tourist destinations here. Welcome!

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