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

Provocative poses from ex-Big Brother star Carolina Gynning in Malmö, Christmas Blues and Soul in Stockholm and Christmas markets just about everywhere in The Local's weekend guide.




The Bach Choir’s Traditional Christmas Concert

The Bach Choir and the children’s choir from Adolf Fredrik’s Music Classes present a traditional concert led by Mats Nilsson. The soloist is Karolina Brixt.

Location: Gustaf Vasa kyrka, Karlbergsvägen 7.

Friday, December 21st, 7pm

Phone: 08- 508 886 00

More information:

The Magic Numbers Concert

This soul-pop band returning to Sweden, holding its first concert at Cirkus.

Price: 280 kronor

Location: Cirkus, Djurgårdsslätten.

Time: Friday, December 21st, 7.30pm

Phone: 08- 660 10 20

More information: [email protected]

Tickets: 077- 170 70 70

Christmas Blues and Soul Night

Join four live bands this weekend in celebrating Christmas through blues and soul music.

Minimum Age: 18

Price: 120 kronor

Location: Jazzclub Fasching, Kungsgatan 63.

Friday, December 21st, 10pm

More information:

Tickets: 077- 170 70 70 or



A gallery, shop and studio for contemporary jewellry. Each piece has a character of its own. The owners also work outside the gallery with exhibitions and seminars.

Location: Odengatan 68.

Friday, December 14th, 12pm-6pm

Saturday, December 15th, 11am-3pm

...and continuing.

More information:

Annual Gingerbread House Competition

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

Price: 50 kronor (under 19 free)

Location: Arkitekturmuseet, Skeppsholmen.

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

...and continuing to January 6th.

More information: 08- 587 270 00

City of Kings, Viking Exhibition

All of the best discoveries from major excavations during the past year are on display in this exhibition at the Sigtuna Museum.

Location: Sigtuna Museum, Stora gatan 55, Sigtuna.

Friday/Saturday/Sunday 12pm-4pm (Closed Mondays).

...and continuing.

More information:

Christmas Markets

Christmas Market at Godsmagasinet

A traditional Christmas Market and raffle. Here you can do some last minute Christmas shopping or just browse the beautiful glasswork, textiles, art, and lights.

Location: Fiskehamnen, Nynäshamn.

Times: Friday/Saturday 11am-4pm

Phone: 08- 520 737 00


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: Every day until 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

STREET- Christmas Bazaar for Art, Design & Food

Experience a different kind of Christmas market this season at Street. As well as the traditional Christmas market fare available, Street offers clothes, toys, and a book exchange.

Location: Hornstulls Strand 4.

Saturday, December 15th and Sunday, December 16th 11am-5pm

...and continuing.

More information: 08- 669 38 90 or (Swedish).

Urban Christmas

This Christmas market features everything from the local cheese specialists to a photo exhibition of the French Riviera.

Location: Atlasmuren 22 (S:t Eriksplan).

Friday/Saturday/Sunday 12pm-7pm

More information: (Swedish).


The Walker

A sophisticated drama/thriller that takes place in Washington DC. Woody Harrison plays Carter, a “walker”, who escorts neglected women and makes sure that they are entertained.

Location: Biografen Sture, Birger jarlsgatan 41.

Times: Three Showings Daily

Phone: 08- 678 85 48

More information: (Swedish).


Christmas at the Immanuel Church

The Gift of Love, English Service

Sunday 23rd December, 11.15am

Join in the service and witness the lighting of the Fourth Advent Candle at this Swedish Mission Covenant Church.

The Gift of God, Candlelight Service

Monday 24th December, 5pm

An English service followed by the lighting of the Christ Candle.

Location: Immanuel Church, Kungstensgatan 17. (On the corner of Kungstensgatan and Birger jarlsgatan).

More information: 08- 587 503 62

Christmas at the English Church

Midnight Mass

Monday 24 December, 11:30pm

Silent night, holy night.

Christmas Morning Family Service

Tuesday 25 December, 11am

Join the celebration

Location: The Anglican Episcopal Church of St. Peter and St. Sigfrid

Dag Hammarskjölds Väg 14 (just across from Berwaldhallen)

Bus 44, 47, 56, 69, 76

+46 (0)8 663 8248

[email protected]

Nobel Museum

At the Nobel Museum you can learn more about the prize, the Laureates and their ideas. You can explore the works of over 700 Nobel Prize winners through short films, artifacts, and computers. There are also tours in English of the main exhibition, Cultures of Creativity, at 11.15am and 3pm daily.

Price: 60 kronor (7-18 years 20 kronor).

Location: Börshuset, Stortorget, Gamla Stan.

Friday/Saturday/Sunday 11am-5pm

...and continuing.

More information: (English).

Gröna Lund

Stockholm's theme park. Enjoy the rides, do some Christmas shopping, or skate on the ice rink.

More information:




Mustard, glögg (mulled wine), gingerbread cookies, and Christmas buns all require a mix of unique spices. At the Botanical Garden this year, you can find all of these spices on display.

Location: Botanical Garden (Botaniska Trädgården).

Times: Friday/Saturday/Sunday 10am-4pm

Göt(h)eborg in the World

The Maritime Museum (Sjöfartsmuseet) presents a different picture of the ship, Götheborg III. Learn about what has changed and what remains the same.

Price: 40 kronor (under-20 free)

Location: Sjöfartsmuseet och Akvariet, Karl Johansgatan 1-3.

Times: Friday, December 14th, 10am-5pm

Saturday/Sunday 11am-5pm

…and continuing.

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 January.

Location: Hasselblad Center, Konstmuseet, Gtaplatsen.

More information:


The Spectacular Christmas Film

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

Price: Free entrance.

Location: Götaplatsen

Times: Every day 5.30pm, 6pm, and 6.30 pm

...and continuing.

More information and schedule: Julens Magiska Rum

Concerts and clubs:

Christmas Concert

Oscar Fredriks Symphony and Choir perform the first three parts of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio along with soloists Helena Ek, Maria Forsström, Martin Thörnquist, and Mats Persson.

Location: Oscar Fredriks Kyrka

Times: Saturday, December 22nd, 5pm

More information:

Christmas Carols

Traditional Christmas Carols Concert with the Ladies-Toner choir.

Location: Balderscenen, Liseberg

Friday, December 21st, 4pm

More information:

Stars in the Park

This fun Christmas Show features some of Sweden’s best singers and artists. Glögg and a three course Christmas meal will be served.

Location: Elite Park Avenue Hotel

Time: Friday, December 21st, 7pm

More information: Stars in the Park (Swedish).


Winter Landscape at Bältespännar Park

Enjoy the winter landscape and warm up with some hot chocolate, glögg, or gingerbread and toast your feet by an open fire.

Price: Free

Location: Bältespännar Park.

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

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

Christmas Markets:

Old-fashioned Christmas Market at Frölundatorg

Find everything you need for Christmas, including arts and crafts, regional food specialties and decorations.

Location: Frölundatorg.

Times: Friday, December 21st, 11am-8pm

Saturday, December 22nd, 10am-8pm

Sunday, December 23rd, 11am-6pm

Nordstan’s Christmas Market

Nordstan’s Christmas market sells handicraft from established and up-and-coming designers.

Location: Nordstan

Times: Friday, December 14th, 10am-6pm

Saturday, December 15th, 10am-5pm

Sunday, December 16th, 11am-4pm

…and continuing until December 30th.

Christmas at Liseberg

Liseberg hosts Sweden's largest Christmas market. You can find anything from homemade mustard to beautiful artwork and Christmas delicacies.

Location: Liseberg

Friday, November 30th, 3pm - 10pm

Saturday, December 1st, 12pm - 10 pm

Sunday, December 2nd, 1pm - 9pm

...and continuing.

More information:



Carolina Gynning

A Big Brother contestant and former glamour model who went on to forge a successful career as a television presenter, Carolina Gynning made the news earlier this year when she announced she was selling her breast implants for charity. She is also an accomplished artist, and now she is displaying her paintings in this Malmö gallery. Her work depicts voluptuous women in bright colours and provocative poses.

Location: Galleri Rönnquist & Rönnquist, Isak Slakteregatan 3.

Times: Opens Friday, 5pm-8pm, Saturday/Sunday, 12pm-3pm. Also Tuesdays-Fridays 12pm-6pm (closed holidays).

...and continuing to January 6th.

Phone: 040- 23 22 34

Hard Rain

An outdoor exhibition with photographs by renowned British photographer Mark Edwards that aims to raise awareness of climate change. Edwards travelled to over 150 countries to document how climate change affects the environment and the lives of ordinary people.

Price: 40 kronor (Children 7-15 10 kronor)

Location: Borggården, Malmö Museer.

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

Phone: 040- 34 44 37

Houses of Memory

An exhibition by both Swedish and South African artists that 'attempts to understand the present and the future.' The exhibition 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

Concerts and Clubs:

Cash for Christmas

A tribute to Johnny Cash with four bands playing their own Cash favorites. The four live bands are The Fine Arts Showcase, Sweet Mary, Ewing Family Stone, and The Grapestompers. There will also be a Cash Karaoke Competition and Cash movies will be played throughout the evening.

Price: 100 kronor

Location: Restaurang Bodoni, Bergsgatan 20.

Time: Friday, December 21st, 9pm-3am (The first band is on stage at 10pm).

Phone: 040- 97 63 87


The Wallman’s Festival

Three hours of pranks, and sing-a-long songs at Wallmans restaurant. A barbeque buffet will be served. Mycket Svenskt.

Price: 245-1690 kronor

Location: Wallmans Golden Hits, Generalsgatan 1.

Time: Friday, December 14th, 6.30 pm

Saturday, December 15th, 6.30pm

…and continuing.

Phone: 040-749 45

Tickets: 077-170 70 70

Christmas Dinner and Entertainment

The Christmas dinner package this weekend includes 40 kronor in counters, a great Christmas table, sweets and coffee. Pianist Angelica Aim will be playing.

Location: Casino Cosmopol Malmö, Kungsparken, Slottsgatan 33.

Friday, December 21st, 5pm

Phone: 040- 664 18 07


Santa's House

Come meet Father (and, in this case, Mother) Christmas and personally give them your Christmas wishes.

Location: Gustav Adolfs Torg

Times: Friday, December 14th, 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, December 15th, 11am

Sunday, December 16th, 11am

...and continuing until January 13th.

More information: Museet Leksaksland.


Ice Skating in Folkets Park

You can 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 at Statarmuseet

Statarmuseet, a culture museum in Sweden's third city, is holding a Christmas exhibition. See how Swedes used to mark Christmas, the food they ate and the way they decorated their homes in the 1920’s and 1950’s.

Location: Statarmuseet, Torupsvägen 606-59.

Time: Friday/Saturday/Sunday

Phone: 040- 44 70 90

More information:

Christmas Markets:

Christmas Market in Södertull

This year's Christmas Market in Södertull is now open. Here you can find traditional handicraft, Christmas sweets and food.

Location: Södra Tullgatan.

Friday, December 14th 11am - 6pm

Saturday, December 15th, 11 - 6pm

Sunday, December 16th 11am - 6pm

...and continuing until December 23rd.

More information: Södertull Christmas Market


Crazy Christmas Cabaret

This year marks the 25th anniversary of Tivoli’s Crazy Christmas Cabaret and to celebrate, join London Toast Theatre’s comedians on a trip around the world in “Foggs Off! Around the World in 80 days.” Watch them try to race through this well-known story in just 80 minutes.

Price: 130-300 Danish kronor

Location: Tivoli Amusement Park

Times: Friday, December 21st, 7.30pm

Saturday, December 22nd, 3pm and 6pm

…and continuing.

More information: Crazy Christmas Cabaret

Tivoli Christmas Lights

Come experience Christmas at Tivoli with music, lights, and dance. You can see best from the bridge overlooking the park.

Location: Tivoli.

Times: Friday/Saturday(Every hour on the hour between 5pm and 8pm)

Sunday (Every hour on the hour between 5pm and 7pm)



At Kulturen’s “Hökeri” you can find food and handicraft and experience a little bit of history. In the past, those who could not afford to buy large quantities of food would come to small markets such as this one to buy bread, ready-made food, and to just have a beer after work.

Location: Kulturen.

Times: Friday/Saturday/Sunday, 1pm-5pm (Christmas hours)

More information: Hökeriet


Winter Sauna at Fyrishov

Warm up in Fyrishov's large, wood-fuelled sauna, then give the body a refreshing shock in the adjacent ice pool. A 25C warm pool is available for the faint-hearted.

Location: Idrottsgatan 2, Uppsala

Open until the end of February.

More information:

Jasmine Enberg


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