Gävlebockens invigning Foto: Karl Albin

The Gävle Goat

– a Global Christmas Symbol.

The peculiar story about the Gävle Goat started in 1966. A man named Stig Gavlén came up with the idea to design a giant version of the traditional Swedish Christmas straw goat. The objective was to attract customers to the shops and restaurants in the southern part of the city. On the first Sunday of Advent 1966, the huge goat was placed at the Castle Square. Since then, the Gävle Goat has been a Christmas symbol placed in the same spot every year. Today he is world famous. The goat is the world’s largest straw goat and made it to the Guinness Book of Records for the first time in 1985.

 

In 2017, the Gävle Goat was left completely unharmed for the first time since 2014. See the 2017 Gävle Goat inauguration here!

 

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Det här är inte farväl, det är vi ses i December. Klart slut från Slottstorget! ✌️••• This is not goodbye, this is I’ll see you in December. Over and out from Castle Square! ✌️ #gävlebocken #greatestofalltime🐐 #illseeyousoon
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Varning för känsliga bilder när världens mest kända halmbock monteras ner! 🍑👀 ••• Warning! Viewer discretion is adviced as the world’s most famous strawgoat is being taken down. 🍑👀 #gävlebocken #sharegävle
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Gott nytt år! Tack för ett fantastiskt år 💞 (bild från årets invigning) ••• Happy New Year! Thanks for an amazing year 💞 (pic from this years inauguration) #gävlebocken #sharegävle #happynewyear
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Banden är röda, himlen är blå. Jag är fantastisk att titta på! God fortsättning 😘 ••• Ribbons are red, sky is blue. I’m amazing and so is the view! Merry continuation as we say in Sweden 😘 #gävlebocken #sharegävle
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Ännu en underbar dag på Slottstorget! Julen må vara slut men känslan består 🙌 ••• Another day in paradise! Christmas may be over but the spirit remains 🙌 #gävlebocken #sharegävle
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Äntligen julafton och jag har fått den bästa julklappen: sällskap av ingen mindre än Jultomten. 🙌 ❤️ God jul alla fina bockvänner! ••• It’s finally Christmas eve (day) and I’ve got the best gift ever: company by Santa Claus himself. 🙌❤️ Merry Christmas to all my goatfriends out there! #gävlebocken #merrychristmas #sharegävle