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Set your sights on Sweden this Christmas

Imagine snow covered rooftops, choirs serenading passers-by with carols and fairy lights sparkling in every corner of the country – Sweden is quite possibly one of the world's most picture-perfect places to enjoy the festive season in all its glory.

Walk the 'Lane of Light', the illuminated 3 km stretch of street that runs from the port to Liseberg amusement park. Take to the ice on nature's very own rink or show off your skating skills in the heart of Stockholm. And for an instant winter warm-up, sip on a steaming mug of glögg, Swedish mulled wine, or nibble on the famous gingerbread known as pepparkakor. For that added touch of luxury, dine in one of Gothenburg's five michellin-star studded restaurants or simply stop by one of the many cafes arming yourself with homemade lussekatter, the traditional Christmas time saffron bun.

Discover the overwhelming array of festive markets including Nordstan, Haga, Kronhuset, Gustav Adolfs Torg and best of all the Liseberg amusement park, Sweden's largest Christmas market. Five million fairy lights transform the area into a magical winter wonderland, earning Gothenburg its crown for one of the best places to spend Christmas.

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Located just off the coast of Gothenburg and only a 30 minute tram ride away, the small islands that make up the western archipelago of Sweden are home to 5,000 citizens. Visitors to the archipelago can admire the stunning natural beauty of the area / Jonas Ingman © Tourism Sweden 

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Founded in the 1600s, Gothenburg is located in western Sweden and is the second largest city in the country. Boasting some of the finest gourmet restaurants around, including Sweden’s restaurant of the year, Thörnströms Kök, you can sample the best seafood in the coastal city here / Göran Assner-Tourism Sweden 

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Marstrand is one of the most famous cities in the Bohuslän coast and has been a major royal resort since the nineteenth century. Among its charms include stunning wooden architecture, the Carlsten fortress and an impressive variety of water sport activities / Jonas Ingman © Tourism Sweden 

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Christmas celebrations in Sweden commence on St. Lucia's Day (or St. Lucy's Day) on December 13th. Christmas Eve remains the most important day of the festive season where families join together and enjoy famous Swedish Dishes such as ham, pigs feet, lutfisk, and rice porridge 

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Adorned with over five million bright lights, Scandinavia's largest Christmas market, the Liseberg Amusement Park includes 80 rustic stands selling hand made crafts and traditional Swedish cuisine as well as an ice bar and ice rink. Gothenburg's renowned amusement park first opened in 1923 and is now one of the most popular destinations in Sweden with over two million visitors each year / Göran Assner-Tourism Sweden. 

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In Swedish tradition, the Christmas tree is not brought home until one or two days before Christmas day itself. It is then decorated with gaily wrapped sweets, glass bulbs and straw trinkets, with electric lights or candles 

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Besides the famous Liseberg Christmas market, Sweden also hosts magical markets in Nordstan, Haga, Kronhuset, Gustav Adolfs Torg and Tjolöholms Palace Slott / Jonas Ingman © Tourism Sweden 

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Don't be fazed by the potential stress of Christmas shopping, stop off for a coffee break, famously known as fika in Sweden in the charming cobblestoned Haga area or indulge your sweet tooth and sample a famous giant cinnamon roll or kanelbulle in Café Husaren in Gothenburg 

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The west coast of Sweden includes the islands of Marstrand and Astol, as well as Hållö and Koster islands, the largest marine reserve in Sweden. Winter in the Swedish Western Archipelago covers the areas in deep snowfall, making Christmas seem all the more magical 

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