The Gävle Goat – a Global Christmas Symbol
For 50 years, the 13 meters tall, 7 meters long, and 3 tons heavy Gävle Goat has been a given Christmas feature in Gävle. Each year on the first of Advent, he is inaugurated on Slottstorget (Castle Square). In 2016 the goat turned 50 years old and the inauguration ceremony attracted over 18,000 visitors!
The goat building process has already started and just in time for the first of Advent, our proud goat will have risen on Castle Square. This year, the inauguration is on the 3rd of December, but if you want to see more of the Gävle goat before that, have a look at the Swedish TV-documentary Julen börjar i Gävle – en bockumentär.
Come and see Gävle’s biggest celebrity in December! The thirteen metre high Gävle goat adorns Slottstorget in Gävle every year from the first advent.
Christmas begins with the Gävle Goat. Find out more and plan your stay in Gävle!
"We're in the land of Christmas." John, Aileen, Mary-Anne and Tim belong to the big fan base who follows the Gävle goat via webcam every year. Last year, they all traveled from the US to Gävle, Sweden, to celebrate Christmas and to see the Gävle goat in real life.
The history of the Gävle Goat commences in 1966 on Slottstorget (Castle Square) in Gävle. On this page, you can read more about the history of the Gävle Goat, and his various fates over the years.
In 2017, the Goat Inauguration strives to be an environmentally friendly event. Please help out by choosing a smart way of travelling to Gävle!
Follow the building of the Gävle Goat! 12, 000 knots and 1, 200 meters of timber are turned into to the finished product: a magnificent straw goat, 13 meters tall and 7 meters long.