The UK’s bizarre climate means you can never predict a white Christmas. Fortunately, snow is almost guaranteed in the Swedish capital.
Trying to capture in words the seasonal Christmas spirit that flows through Stockholm’s veins during this time of year is challenging. The smell of mulled wine (glögg), gingerbread cookies (pepparkakor), saffron buns (lussekatter), candied almonds roasting in large street-side woks, and various sweet smelling wafts all urging us to start relaxing and taking inventory of the current year so we can start the new year afresh with new goals and new possibilities.
Stockholm’s Christmas markets are a must if you’re looking to add a little Scandinavian magic to your winter holiday, with traditional treats like Swedish meatballs and pear cider all on offer.
Every year in Gamla Stan’s main square (Stortorget), you can emerse yourself in Swedish Christmas tradition through over 40 various stalls that line the square. With a warm cup of the mulled vine, take a lazy wander and explore the foods and gifts on offer: from Christmas sweets & smoked reindeer to handmade knitted caps & a whole range of Swedish handcrafts. Gamla Stan’s Julmarkad is one not to miss!
When you think of Skansen, you might consider it as more of a summer place. But think again… as they have a lot to offer their visitors over the Christmas season: Skansen’s Christmas Market has been going since 1903 and while the normal entry price doesn’t make this a cheap outing, Skansen do offer more than just Christmas markets: with a whole programme of events, they pride themselves on being so much more than just a Christmas market.
When? From 19th November to 23rd December 2016