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Christmas in Stockholm


ABOVE: Christmas at the Skansen open-air museum in Stockholm. INSET BELOW: Skansen Christmas poster from the 1930s.

Also see: Christmas in Sigtuna

posterChristmas and Stockholm go together like Santa Claus and reindeer--although, in Sweden, the reindeer are more likely to appear on restaurant menus than on rooftops. Stockholmers love their holiday traditions, from glögg (hot spiced wine) to Santa Lucia events in mid-December.

Advent markets are popular with locals and tourists alike. At least four are available within the city limits:

  • Skansen, on the park island of Djurgården, whose Christmas markets date back to 1903.

  • Gamla Stan, a.k.a. the Old Town, where the glögg and shoppers flow freely in the Stortorget just south of the Royal Palace.

  • Rosendal Palace, a bit out of the center on Djurgården, which has holiday stalls in its gardens.

  • Kungstradgården, a large downtown park near the Tourist Centre and the major department stores.

Related articles at Europe for Visitors:

Christmas in Sigtuna (Sweden's oldest town)

Stockholm travel articles

Top photo by Marie Andersson for Skansen. Used by permission.

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