Rådhuset i Gävle i skymning med skridskobana i förgrunden. Foto Daniel Bernstål.

Christmas starts with a Christmas weekend in Gävle

As obvious as it is time to light the first candle in the Advent candleholder, it is time for the inauguration of the Gävle Goat and the fact that Christmas begins in Gävle this first Advent weekend! A warm welcome to our Christmas city, we are presenting a whole smorgasbord of activities that will fill the whole weekend with heart-warming, festive and action-packed experiences.

Welcome to experience Christmas and stroll past the Gavle Goat

Anticipation is in the air. This Friday, the Gavle Goat's beard is combed and the candles are lit in the horns. Take an evening walk past and see him at the new location at Rådhustorget on your way to or from dinner at the evening restaurant. Friday coziness reaches a new level.

Sleep well at Scandic CH throughout this Christmas weekend

Welcome to Gävle! Maybe you'll come by train, in which case you'll walk to Scandic CH in a few minutes, a cozy hotel right next to Gävle Central. Here you live in the center of the action with very short distances to all the weekend's activities.

Smoky, roasty dinner at Blackstone Steakhouse

Food that's buzzing about. Buzzing with warmth, passion and taste - you will be very involved! Not to mention the desserts! Maybe you'll find a new favorite.
Here you start the evening before you move on into the sparkling Friday night.

70 kg gingerbread dough, cellfies and game day

Good morning! Welcome to a day filled with nice, joyful, emotional and adrenaline-pumping experiences when Gävle invites you to enjoy the entire range of emotions. We proudly mix culture, culinary arts, history and sport. Everything is prepared and embedded in a warm Christmas atmosphere.

Find the Christmas feeling with the Gingerbread House at Länsmuseet Gävleborg

You will smell it even before you step into the beautiful building that began construction in 1938, but you won't get to taste it, just be captivated by the fantastic construction of about 70 kg of dough and a lot of pastry. Each year a new gingerbread house is designed and it is an immensely popular creation. The Christmas mood seems to fill the stomach from this feast for the eyes!

Capture the important history at Sweden's Prison Museum

Let yourself be moved by history, take part in how people lived in captivity in the past. History comes close and it can be extra nice to hold someone's hand. The old cell prison is also perfect for a "Cellfie". Then take a walk to a café, digest your experience and feel grateful for the Christmas feeling.

Game day - give the Christmas feeling an adrenaline rush at the Monitor ERP Arena

Break up the quiet Christmas coziness with an exciting ice hockey match when Brynäs IF takes on HV71 in the SHL. Buy a warming scarf in the supporter shop on the way in. Sing along to "Brynäs Hey Hey Hey!", cheer and analyze the match over a coffee and hot dog during the breaks and afterwards the constant question is: Was it the right team that won?!

The Gävle Goat's Inauguration - the day is here!

The inauguration day of the Gävle Goat, a Christmas symbol all over the world, is here. It feels so festive, and all day - until it's time - there are lots of activities to build anticipation with. Everything is fun, exciting and 'christmassy'. Let yourself be drawn into the atmosphere.

Admire the Railway Museum's unique Gingerbread Train

This year, the completely unique gingerbread train runs from Hälsingland. It is possible to travel the distance Bollnäs - Gävle. If you were not able to go along, make sure to admire the train from afar when it passes Gävle Central Station at 14:27 and 17:40.

Christmas fun in Slottsparken and Christmas markets in the city

Bring out the child in yourself and enjoy everything that happens during Christmas Fun in Slottsparken, during this family event you can see knights on horseback and much more.

Inauguration of the Gävle Goat - a magical end to your Christmas weekend in Gävle

Finally it is time! Welcome to experience the inauguration of the Gävle Goat on site. Embrace the experience and join in the "hand-clap-applause" when you are part of this thunderous Christmas show with the Gävle Goat in the center. It's pure magic!
When the inauguration is over, it stands clear - Christmas begins in Gävle!