Celebrate the very essence of winter and magic of Christmas this year; wrap up warm and head off for festive frivolity direct from Cambridge on a trip to winter wonderland Sweden.
Winter wonderland: the magic of Christmas, direct from Cambridge
Cambridge International Airport offers daily Monday to Thursday scheduled services by British Airways to the historic, charming and enormously welcoming Scandinavian city of Gothenburg, just a short two-hour flight away from the East of England and also has exceptional priced short break packages from just £324pp from BA Holidays.
Gothenburg is the perfect destination for Christmas lovers, thanks to its unrivalled Christmas market. Situated in the heart of the city’s Liseberg amusement park, the Gothenburg Christmas market is the largest and most famous in Sweden, boasting close to five million glimmering lights and over 700 Christmas trees. After dark, a three kilometre ‘Lane of Light’ leads from Gothenburg’s harbour all the way to the market.
Dozens of rustic market stalls sell Scandinavian arts and crafts, as well as festive treats ranging from reindeer meat and marinated herring through to sweet Swedish goodies including marzipan pigs and ‘vacuum cleaner’ punch roll cakes – all washed down with plenty of ‘glögg’, hot spiced wine. The market is divided into sections, allowing visitors to discover different elements of a Swedish Christmas, from Lapland’s white reindeer and Sami folk music, through to an old fashioned district where carriages roll along cobbled streets and choirs sing on street corners. Meanwhile, small children will enjoy celebrating Christmas at Rabbit Land and trying out the ice-skating rink and fairground rides.
Outside of the Christmas market, Gothenburg continues to sparkle at Christmas. Cosy cafés shimmer in the candle light, the perfect place to warm up over Swedsh ‘fika’ – coffee and a cinnamon bun. With its broad avenues, quaint and quirky old wooden Haga district, fine department stores, grand malls and chic boutiques dotted amongst the pretty lanes and cafés, Gothenburg has Christmas shopping sewn up. The festive fun also continues after Christmas, with a spectacular New Year’s firework display over the waterfront that the whole city turns out to watch – the most celebrated in Scandinavia.
A two night Christmas market break in Gothenburg this December, staying at the centrally located four-star Scandic Europa, starts from just £324 per person including return flights from Cambridge and based on two sharing. www.baholidays.com
Fully organised Swedish holidays including Christmas market city-breaks can also be booked through specialist tour operator Inntravel by visiting www.inntravel.co.uk
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