If you’re in Stockholm over the holidays you may want to attend a holiday church service. While Swedes aren’t terribly religious this is one of the few times during the year when churches see attendance go up – and for good reason: the services are a thing of beauty, with song, solemnity, and a warm feeling that washes over you and brings the spirit of the season into your soul.
View Stockholm has some of the best places to enjoy a Christmas church service in the city.
Storkyrkan (Stockholm Cathedral) holds services on both the 24th and the 25th of December. On the 24th there is an afternoon service as well as Midnight Mass at 23.00. On the 25th there is an early morning traditional service called Julotta, as well as another one at 11am.
Where: Trångsund 1
St Jacobs Kyrka
Located just on the edge of Kungsträgården St Jacobs offers a 5pm service on the 24th that is known for loads of music and singing and no communion. Perfect for those who just want to wallow in the beauty of the holiday.
Language: Swedish (with some songs in English).
Where: Västra Trädgårdsgatan 2
The Catholic Cathedral has been serving Stockholm’s Catholic community since 1983. On the 24th and 25th there are numerous services held throughout the day and the church doors are generally always open.
Languages: Swedish, Polish, Latin, Italian, Croatian, Spanish.
Where: Folkungagatan 46
Found in the heart of the city, just next to Kungsträgården, St Eugenia holds multiple services throughout the holidays. On the 24th there is an evening open house, as well as masses during the day and evening, including Midnight Mass. On the 25th High Mass is held twice.
Languages: Swedish & English.
Where: Kungsträgårdsgatan 12
The English Church on Djurgården is an inclusive church serving Stockholm’s very diverse international community. Midnight mass is held on the 24th at 23.30, while on the 25th a Christmas mass will begin at 11am.
Where: Dag Hammarskjöldsväg 14
View Stockholm hopes you enjoy your church service in our beautiful city. God Jul!