The magic of winter
Winter has settled in Gothenburg. We had wind, rain, snow… The nights are often colder than 0 degrees. But the magic of winter and the holidays is fighting the darkness and the cold days. Houses start to get light up with advent lamps and the famous paper stars. Also called advent stars (adventsstjärnor), these represent the Bethlehem star that provided guidance to the wise men. Even though this is a dark time, these moments of light make it a great month to visit Sweden.
Something to see
Since mid-November, the Holiday Lighting is up and on in Haga – a cute neighbourhood filled with nice shops and cafés. So put on your warmest clothes and take a walk, enjoy the old wooden houses and the lighting all around you. You might even get some snow to complete the magic experience.
Something to taste
To make your time in Haga even better, stop by Husaren to have a cup of coffee and taste their traditional Kanelbullen. A giant cinnamon roll made to be shared or taken home. Indulge on the very swedish tradition of having “fika” a snack usually composed by coffee and a sweet cake – yes, a cinnamon roll or other of the same type. But it does feel good to go inside for a hot beverage and a sweet taste during a cold day.
Something to read
The Little Prince
We have established that it is cold. So during the relaxing times, get a cup of tea, pull a blanket over you and get a cute book. I suggest one of my favourite books of all times. A story to warm the hearts all year round: The Little Prince. Check the library and lend a copy.
Something to enjoy
Get to the Opera area and walk through Lilla Bommen to Liseberg Amusement Park, not only will this long street be light up, but you will be walking towards Sweden’s largest Christmas market. Inside the park you will find different Christmas areas, so you can feel like you are travelling through time and space. Besides all the magic just by going there you can also ride a few attractions. Check the list here.
Something to listen to
The Singing Christmas Tree
Attend to the event called The Singing Christmas Tree. From the 1st of December until the 23rd, Christmas choirs will be performing at Kungsportsplatsen, located in the city center. Check the timetable and the choirs performing here.