Something for the Weekend: The Local's Guide to What's On

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Something for the Weekend: The Local's Guide to What's On

Want to get in the Christmas spirit this weekend? Or dying to escape the whole thing. Whatever you fancy, we've got some ideas.




Annual Gingerbread House Competition

This year, a record number of 93 gingerbread houses have been entered into Stockholm's yearly gingerbread house competition. This year's theme - Metropolis.

Price: 50 kronor (under 19s free)

Location: Arkitekturmuseet, Skeppsholmen.

Times: Friday/Saturday/Sunday 10am-6pm

...and continuing to January 6th.

More information: 08- 587 270 00

I love pop art

Pop art from the 1980s, featuring the works of American artists such as Robert Rauschenberg and Roy Lichtenstein.

Price: 85 kronor

Location: Waldemarsudde, Prins Eugens väg 6.

Time: Friday/Saturday/Sunday, 11am

More information:

Gerry Johansson

During the past year, Gerry Johansson has focused mainly on urban photography. However, in his new exhibition, Landsbygd

(Countryside) at Nordiska Museet, he depicts rural Sweden in black and white photographs. The exhibition features Johansson's

work from the 1980s to today.

Location: Nordiska Museet, Djurgårdsvägen 6-16.

Friday, November 30th, 10am-4pm

Saturday/Sunday 11am-5pm

...and continuing to 7th January 2008.

Entrance fee: 60kr (under-18s free)

More information:

Martin Parr

An "innovative and provocative" photo exhibition by a British photographer known for masking profound statements about modern life behind outwardly prosaic images. Features Parr's work between 1971-2000.

Location: Kulturhuset, Sergels Torg.

Friday 11am-9pm.

Saturday/Sunday 11am-5pm.

...and continuing to 6th January 2008.

Films in English:

The Solid Gold Cadillac

Richard Quine's 1957 film about an enthusiastic blonde shareholder with 10 shares in a large corporation and an ability to catch the corrupt board of directors off-guard with her direct questions.

Location: Biografen Sture, Birger Jarlsgatan 41.

Time: Saturday, December 8th, 4.30pm

More information and tickets:

Phone: 08-678 85 48

A Mighty Heart

A drama by Michael Winterbottom about the kidnapping of journalist Daniel Pearl, in Pakistan in 2002.

Location: Filmstaden Sergel, Hötorget.

More information and tickets:

Deaf Film Festival

For the 8th year in a row, the Deaf Film Festival will be held at Bio Zita showing films that represent a whole range of different deaf cultures and languages. All films have subtitles in Swedish and presentations will be held in Swedish Sign Language.

Location: Biografen Zita, Birger Jarlsgatan 37.

Times: November 30th - December 2nd.

More information and schedules: or email [email protected].


ABBA Orchestra Christmas Show

Join the original ABBA Orchestra and well known Swedish artists such as Jessica Folcker and Magnus Carlsson, in celebrating the Christmas season this Saturday. There will also be a Swedish Christmas smörgåsbord, and a nightclub after the show.

Minimum Age: 18 (unless accompanied by a parent or a guardian).

Price: 909 - 1698 kronor

Location: Annexet, Globen.

Time: Saturday, December 8th, 5.30pm

Phone: 077- 131 00 00

More information:

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Dance Party and Performance

This season at Dansens Hus will finish with a flourish with a two-day dance party. You can catch the final night on Friday. There is a different theme both nights and almost all groups at the venue will perform. Don't forget your dancing shoes!

Location: The House of Dance (Dansens Hus), Barnhusgatan 12-14.

Time: Friday, December 7th, 7pm

Phone: 08- 508 990 90

More information:

Book tickets online:

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Saturday Blues Jam at Stampen

Gamla Stan's legendary jazz club has hosted afternoons of improvisation on Saturdays for the past four years. Hosted by New Yorker Brian Kramer and the Couch Lizards house band, the event attacts musicians both professional and amateur, Swedish and foreign.

Free Entry

Location: Stora Nygatan 5, Stockholm.

Folk Music - Christmas Concert

A free Christmas concert in which folk musicians from different cultures present their own music.

Location: Kungliga Musikhögskolan, Valhallavägen 105.

Time: Saturday, December 8th, 7pm

Phone: 08- 16 19 60

More information: or [email protected]

German Advent Concert

Advent concert at Gamla Stan's historic German church.

Location: Tyska Kyrkan, Svartmangatan 16A, Gamla Stan.

More information: (Swedish and German) or call 08 10 12 63.


Family Christmas Party

The Immanuel Church, which belongs to the Swedish Mission Covenant Church, holds services in Swedish, English, and even Korean. This weekend they are throwing a family Christmas party after the English church service.

Location: Immanuel Church, Kungstensgatan 17.

Time: Sunday, December 9th, 12.15pm

Phone: 08- 537 503 00

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Christmas Markets


Kungsträdgården's Christmas Market (Kungsans julmarknad) is now open. You can find anything from traditional Swedish warm mulled wine (glögg) and reindeer meat to Swedish Santa dolls (jultomtar).

Location: Kungsträdgården, Stockholm.

Times: November 30th - December 23rd 11am - 6pm


Here in the heart of Gamla Stan is one of Stockholm's oldest Christmas markets. The market has been held in its current form since 1915, but a market of some sort has been held on the site for many centuries. On Saturday 8th November, a children's song contest will be held at 2pm.

Location: Stortorget, Gamla Stan

Times: Daily from 24th November-23rd December, 11am-6pm


Another classic Christmas market. 'Jul' at Skansen is about as olde-world as it gets. Munch on scrumptious Swedish winter food buy decorations and craftwork and dance round the Christmas tree. And who could resist the opportunity to warm up for Christmas in the presence of some real, live reindeer?

Entrance: 60 kronor adults, 30 kronor children 6-15

Location: Skansen

Times: 8th-9th, 15th-16th December, 11am-5pm

More information:


Gröna Lund

Stockholm's theme park Gröna Lund has reopened for the winter season - and a threatened strike has been called off. Enjoy the rides, do some Christmas shopping, or skate on the ice rink.

More information:



Home and Homelessness

An exhibition that looks at the themes of home and homelessness, asking how to define a home and what it truly means to be homeless.

Price: 20 kronor (under 20s free)

Location: Gothenburg Stadsmusem, Norra hamngatan 12.

Times: Friday/Saturday/Sunday 10am-5pm

Phone: 031- 61 27 70

Nan Goldin

The American photographer was in the news after one of her images (owned by Elton John) was seized in Britain after police deemed it 'indecent'. The investigation was later dropped. On a brighter note, she won the prestigious Hasselblad Prize, meaning her work is currently on display at Gothenburg's Hasselblad Center.

Open Friday Sunday 11am-5pm, Wednesday 11am-9pm, Tuesdays & Thursday's 11am-6pm. Exhibition continues to 13th


Location: Hasselblad Center, Konstmuseet, Götaplatsen.

More information:


The Spectacular Christmas Film

Following tradition, this year a huge Christmas film will be projected against the Art Museum's (Konstmuseets) wall at Götaplatsen (Swedish). Three showings daily.

Price: Free entrance.

Location: Götaplatsen

Times: Friday, December 7th, 5.30pm, 6pm, and 6.30 pm

...and continuing.

More information and schedule: Julens Magiska Rum

Concerts and clubs:

Whispers from the Forests, Screams from the Mountains

Gothenburg's Art Hall is arranging a concert in collaboration with iDEAL, Kning Disk, Häpna, and The Wire in order to spread experimental and exciting Swedish music to the rest of the world. Performers include Hans Appelqvist, Balroynigress, Anders Dahl, Johan Berthling, Jean-Louis Huhta and Dead Letters Spell Out Dead Words.

Free entrance

Location: Gothenburg's Konsthall.

Time: Saturday, December 8th, 7pm-12am

More information: 031- 368 34 56 (Andreas Hagström)


Join in the festivities at Liseberg in the weeks heading up to Christmas. For the next three Sundays, Lotta Engberg hosts JulLotta with some of Sweden's top artists. This weekend Sonja Alden and Johan Becker will be among the performers.

Location: Stora Scenen, Liseberg

Sunday, December 9th, 4pm

More information:


Christmas concert with John Kluge at the German Church.

Location: Christinae Kyrka

Times: Friday/Saturday/Sunday 7pm

More information and Map: Änglaljus


Cabaret Cartwright

Test out your Swedish with an evening of comedy and song featuring barber shop group After Shave and Den Ofattbara

Orkestern. All while tucking into Kajskjul 8's seasonal fare. A classic Swedish 'krogshow'.

Friday, 7th December, 7pm

Saturday, 8th December, 7pm

and continuing...

Location: Kajskjul 8

Tickets at

More information at (Swedish).


Christmas at the Children's Zoo (Barnens Zoo)

Celebrate Christmas with the animals. Children can take pony rides while parents can enjoy some glögg

and gingerbread.

Price: Free entrance but pony riding costs 20 kronor.

Location: Childrens Zoo, Skottskogens Djurpark.

Times: Saturday/Sunday 10am-5pm


Winter Landscape at Bältespännar Park

Come enjoy the winter landscape and warm up with some hot chocolate, glögg, or gingerbread and the open fireplaces.

Price: Free

Location: Bältespännar Park.

Times: Friday/Saturday/Sunday 12pm-8pm

...and continuing to Monday, December 24th.

Christmas at Liseberg

Celebrate Christmas this year at Liseberg which hosts Sweden's largest Christmas market. You can find anything from homemade mustard to beautiful artwork and Christmas sweets.

Location: Liseberg

Friday, November 30th, 3pm - 10pm

Saturday, December 1st, 12pm - 10 pm

Sunday, December 2nd, 1pm - 9pm

...and continuing

More information:



Houses of Memory

An exhibition by both Swedish and South African artists that 'attempts to understand the present and the future.' It has now come to Sweden after previously being shown in South Africa.

Price: 40 kronor (adult), 10 kronor (children 7-15 years)

Location: Slottsholmen, Malmö Museer, Malmöhusvägen

Times: Friday/Saturday/Sunday 12pm-4pm

...and continuing to March 2nd.

Phone: 040- 34 44 37

World Conflicts in Focus

Lukas Einseles' and Cecilia Parsberg's own interpretations of two world conflicts. Einseles' projects One Step Beyond - The Mine Revisted, and Parsberg's film A heart from Jenin are now at Fotografins rum.

Location: Fotografins rum, Malmöhusvägen 7.

Times: Friday/Saturday/Sunday, 12pm-4pm

...and continuing to February 24th, 2008.

Phone: 040- 34 44 39

Peter Wahlbeck

Peter Wahlbeck's paintings are currently on display at Galleri Rönnquist & Rönnquist. Downstairs there is also an exhibition of Karolina Wojcik's artwork.

Location: Galleri Rönnquist & Rönnquist, Isak Slaktaregatan 3.

Friday, November 30th 12pm - 6pm

Saturday, December 1st, and Sunday, December 2nd 12pm - 3pm

...and continuing until December 16th.

From Harlem to Wall Street

Photographer Michael Stiller spent one week at the end of last October 2007 taking detailed photographs of New York. His work can now be viewed at Galleri Artholia.

Location: Galleri Artholia, Stora Nygatan 79.

Saturday, December 1st 11pm - 6pm

Sunday, December 2nd 12pm - 4pm

...and continuing until December 23rd.

Concerts and Clubs:

Christmas Concert at Malmö Opera

The Malmö Opera Orchestra, Choir, and soloists Kelly Kaduce and Joseph Wolverton invite you to a Christmas Concert for the whole family. The first act is a traditional Christmas Concert, but after the break, it turns into a Christmas Song Sing-Along.

Location: Malmö Opera and Musikteater, Östra Röneholmsvägen 20.

Times: Friday, December 7th, 7pm

Saturday/Sunday 2pm

Phone: 040- 20 85 00

Love is All You Need

Clabbe presents the best hits from the 1960's performed by Sweden's best tribute band, Liverpool and The Repeatles, in a truly nostalgic Christmas show. The theatre opens at 6.30 pm on both Friday and Saturday, but the show does not begin until around 9pm.

Location: Teater Slagthuset, Jörgen Kocksgatan 7A.

Times: Friday, November 30th, 6.30pm

Saturday, December 1st, 6.30pm

...and continuing to December 15th

More information: Slagthuset (Swedish).


Christmas Dinner, Dance and Show

Enjoy the Christmas entertainment by country artists Carina and Martin Nilsson and dine from a traditional Swedish Christmas

table. Later, you can also dance to the music of DJ Jaime. Coffee and dessert table is also included.

Price: 259 kronor

Location: Let's Go, Krossverksgatan 3.

Time: Friday/Saturday 6pm-1am

More information and tickets: 040- 44 00 00

Best of Dallas

Teater Terrier's twentieth and final production, Best of Dallas, "is about all the love we never got to see" in the long-running TV

series. The producers say the production plays with Dallas's fetishes "in exploring male fantasies about power and sexuality."

Location: Teater Terrier, Norra Vallgatan 28.

Friday November 30th 7.30pm

Saturday, December 1st 7.30 pm

...and continuing until December 16th.

Phone: 040-10 30 20

More information: Best of Dallas



Santa's House

Come meet Father and Mother Christmas and personally give them your Christmas wishes.

Location: Gustav Adolfs Torg

Times: Friday, December 7th, 10am-5pm

Saturday/Sunday 11am-5pm

...and continuing to December 22nd.

60 Years of Svenska Lundby Doll's Houses

Take a peek inside ten exclusive doll's house with furnishings and dolls dating back to the 1940s. Svenska Lundby was the first company in the world to mass-produce electrical doll's houses.

Location: Fredriksbergsgatan 16E.

Saturday, November 24th, 11am

Sunday, November 25th, 11am

...and continuing until January 13th.

More information: Museet Leksaksland.


Ice Skating at Folkets Park

Ice skate outdoors all winter this year at Malmö Folkets Park. Ice skates (sizes 27-45) are available to rent 4pm-7pm on the weekdays and 10am-5pm on weekends. Rental is 30 kronor/half hour.

For group skate rental at another time, please contact Föreningen Ponnygården Arken at 0705- 17 65 05.

Location: Folkets Park, Amiralsgatan 35.

Times: November 24th to March 2nd 10am-7pm

Christmas Market

The Christmas Market in Södertull you can find traditional handicraft, Christmas sweets and food.

Location: Södra Tullgatan.

Friday, November 30th 11am - 6pm

Saturday, December 1st, 11 - 6pm

Sunday, December 2nd 11am - 6pm

...and continuing until December 23rd.

More information: Södertull

Christmas Market.

Compiled by Jasmine Engberg and James Savage


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