Christmas in Stockholm means embracing tradition: meeting with friends for a julbord (Christmas table), celebrating Lucia, singing carols in church, and visiting the many Christmas markets that are scattered throughout the city during the holiday season. Here at View Stockholm we love a good Christmas Market and have gathered together the best of the best for you to visit in the city.
At Stockholm’s open air museum Skansen they do a traditional Christmas Market, where you can find Swedish handicrafts and Christmas decorations, wonderful traditional food, and old-time sweets that will delight the whole family.
When: 26 November – 18 December
Where: Djurgårdsslätten 49-51
Held in the heart of Stockholm’s Old Town (Gamla Stan) this the city’s oldest Christmas Market and among the 41 stalls you can find anything from sweets and Christmas sausages to crafts, ceramics, and handmade toys.
When: 25 November – 23 December
Where: Stortorget, Gamla Stan
Just a stone’s throw from the Royal Palace and plenty of other major attractions Kungstradgården’s Christmas Market is one of the biggest in Stockholm, selling clothing, woodcrafts, plenty of handmade items, and food to both try on the spot or take with you.
When: 27 November – 22 December
Held in the garden of Rosendal Palace quite near to Skansen on Djurgården, this is one of the most visually exciting markets in Stockholm. It’s also very traditional, with plenty of Swedish Christmas items, as well as food and handicrafts. Be sure to catch the traditional nativity scene.
When: 21 November – 23 December
Where: Rosendalsvägen 38
If you’re looking for something unique look no further than Beckmans Christmas Market, where students at this famed design school offer uncommon limited-edition items for sale. Trendy is the name of the game and it’s worth taking the time to check out the final year exhibitions.
When: 10-11 December
Where: Brahegatan 10
With high quality food and handicrafts the market at the Royal Stables has the usual Christmas fare but what makes it unique is it’s location: just by the Royal Dramatic Theatre, this is where horses are stabled in the heart of the city – and once you’ve finished shopping you can take a tour through the Royal Stables themselves.
When: 25-27 November
Where: Väpnargatan 1
While this Christmas Market is a bit off the beaten path it’s well worth making the effort to visit. It’s one of the biggest in Sweden and sells food and handicrafts from around the country. You can also try your hand and creating your own gifts.
When: 12 November – 22 December
Where: Steninge Slottsväg 141, Märsta
Taking its inspiration from New York’s Winter Village in Bryant Park, Stockholm’s sprawling Sergels Torg, just by Central Station, is jam packed with stalls offering everything from traditional to modern. The mood at Stockholmsjul is festive, to say the least.
When: 21 November – 23 December.
Where: Sergels Torg, Central Stockholm
Konstfack is one of Sweden’s top art and creative schools and this means visitors to this annual Christmas Market can expect to everything from prints and ceramics to jewellery and textiles. In addition to gifts, there is a hands-on workshop for kids and parents, as well as a Christmas café.
When: 26-27 November
Where: LM Ericssons väg 14
Vaxholm’s traditional Christmas market is the perfect excuse to hop on a ferry and enjoy the wintery Baltic before heading into the cosy market in the Town Hall for gifts, a bite to eat, and traditional Swedish Christmas decorations. There’s also a lottery, where you can win all sorts of unique items.
When: 3-4 December
Where: Vaxholm Town Hall
If you want to add a royal flavour to your Christmas Market shopping this is the place to do it. The emphasis is on Swedish handicrafts and locally produced food, as well as highlighting the best craftspeople around. After you’ve finished shopping take time to visit the palace and enjoy the hourly Christmas shows in the theatre.
When: 3-4 December
Have a great time exploring Stockholm’s best Christmas markets. Happy Holidays from View Stockholm!