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Christmas by design: Unmissable markets in Sweden and Denmark

Join Charlotte West on a tour of the best Christmas markets for design products in Stockholm, Gothenburg, Malmö and Cophenhagen.

Christmas by design: Unmissable markets in Sweden and Denmark

See also: Photo Gallery: Christmas Design markets

When it comes to Swedish Christmas markets, you pretty much know what to expect after you’ve been to Skansen or Stortorget in Stockholm’s Old Town. Always charming and festive, these markets offer a glimpse into Christmas past and give a boost of juletide cheer, but handcrafted cheese slicers and moose sausage will only get you so far.

‘Tis the season to hunt for stocking stuffers, so where do you find some of that famous Swedish innovation and design to put under your own holiday tree? Look no further – here is The Local’s guide to finding all of the Swedish form and functionality you could want – and even some you didn’t know you needed.

STOCKHOLM

Designgalleriet

Location: Odengatan 21

Time: December 2nd – 22nd

Tuesday – Friday 11 am – 6 pm

Saturday 11 am – 3 pm

Information: www.designgalleriet.com

Twenty-four products for the 24 days of December before Christmas. Designgalleriet’s annual Christmas Market opened on Dec 1. The market features products handpicked by Designgalleriet as well as the Santa of the Year, Eero Koivisto, from the design and architecture firm Claesson Koivisto Rune. The selection was based on design quality, creativity and festiveness. All of the products were launched in 2008.

The objects, by both independent artists and established design companies, are 100 kronor, 500 kronor or 1,000 kronor. The idea is to represent all types of design, including fashion, interiors, graphics and handicraft. The selection features works by Fuldesign, Karin Robling, Jarl Fernaeus, Rörstrand, Kosta Boda and Rosenthal. The products are available for sale from Dec 1st-22nd.

University College of Arts, Crafts and Design (Konstfack)

Location: Dialoggatan 3 (behind Konstfack at Höglagret), Telefonplan

Time: Saturday December 6th, Sunday December 7th 10 am – 5 pm

Information: www.konstfack.se

Annual Christmas market featuring wares by Konstfack students. Don’t forget to bring cash as they don’t accept credit cards.

Tegens Julmarknad

Location: Bjurholmsgatan 1-11

Time: Saturday, December 6th, 12 – 5 pm

Information: 08-6443755

Artists and designers open their Södermalm studios to the public. Here you can find textiles, ceramics, blown glass, jewelry and more.

Beckmans College of Design

Location: Brahegatan 10

Time: Saturday, Sunday December 13th-14th, 11 am – 5 pm

Information: www.beckmans.se

Beckmans College of Design presents alternative, environmentally-friendly and sustainable gifts created by its students. The café will serve glögg, ginger snaps and saffron bread.

Bakåt:Framåt Vintage Fair

Location: Enskilda Galleriet, Kronobergsgatan 37(Fridhemsplan)

Time: Saturday December 13th, 11 am – 7 pm

Sunday December 14th, 11 am – 6 pm

Entry: 50 kronor

Information: www.bakatframat.se

Not really a Christmas market, but a good place to pick up some retro wear for the holidays. Don’t forget to bring cash.

GOTHENBURG

The School of Design and Crafts at Gothenburg University (HDK)

Location: Kristinelundsgatan 6-8

Time: Friday December 5th, 4 pm-7 pm

Saturday December 6th, 11 am-5 pm

Sunday December 7th, 11 am-5 pm

Information: Website

Fox candleholders in clay, leaf pendants in black-smoked iron and birch lamps in porcelin. Screen-printed bags, ceramic mugs with bamboo patterns and cast rings inspired by Iceland. The HDK Christmas Market offers everything from home decoration to jewelry and graphic design. Design, jewelry, textile and ceramics students will sell their handmade products.

Fair Fashion Market at The Museum of World Culture

Location:Södra vägen 54

Time: Saturday December 6th- Sunday December 7th, 12 pm – 5 pm

Information: www.varldskulturmuseet.se

An alternative Christmas market with a focus on eco-fashion. On Saturday Dec 6th, in conjuction with the Fair Fashion Market, Magasinet Camino and etisktmode.se are holding a clothing swap. For every item of clothing you bring, you receive a coupon for a new garment. Each person can bring a maximum of 15 items – and think quality instead of quantity. You can bring clothes in between 10 am and noon, and the exchange begins at 2 pm. Entry is 40 kronor.

Konstepidemin

Location: Konstepidemins väg 6 (Linnéplatsen)

Time: Friday December 12th, 11 am – 2 pm

Saturday December 13th- Sunday 14th, 12 – 4 pm

Monday December 15th – Tuesday December 16th, 11 am – 2 pm

Information: [email protected], 031-82 85 58

Website

Konstepidemin, or “Epidemic of Art”, is located in Gothenburg’s former epidemic hospital. Today it is a lively gathering place and work space for over 100 artists.

MALMÖ

GOOD JUL

Location:Hedmanska gården at Lilla Torg

Time: Saturday Dec 6th and Sunday December 7th, 11 am – 6 pm

Information: www.formdesigncenter.com

GOOD JUL is an alternative Christmas market with 30 selected exhibitors. GOOD! is Malmö’s new market concept for sustainable design and lifestyles. Form/Design Center will have extended opening hours.

Designmarknad at Dockan

Location: Dockanplatsen

Time: Sunday, December 7th, 12 pm – 7 pm

Design on demand at Dockanplatsen in the Västra Hamnen harbour area. Exhibitors include: Bohemia /Stajl by Malmö, Celestine Soumah Smycken, Designers Eye Sweden, Fabrik100TVÅ, Flickorna Fläderblom, Formbart/Gunilla Wallin, Gottelisa, Kretsa, Liebling AB, Limhamns Trädgårdshandel, Lina Gardelid Art, Malmö Industrilotteri and Jenny Frank, Mittimyllan, Njutbar, PIPI-VÅNG, Portinson Design & Sara Svensson Klein, Precis en sån, Ralf Hanicke Arkitekt & Designer, Totaja, Zaffre Keramik & Konsthantverk.

Come on: Julmarknad!

Location:Café Barbro, Norra Skolgatan 10B

Time: Sunday, December 7th, 11 am – 4 pm

Information: Website

Thirty designers from Southern Sweden will display their goods. Also featuring a fashion show and live music.

COPENHAGEN

Christiania’s Christmas market

Location: Christiania

Time: December 6th – 20th

Information: www.christiania.org

A little anarchy is a good thing when it comes to gift-giving.

Danish Design School

Location:Strandboulevarden 47

Time: Friday December 5th, 3 pm – 8 pm

Information: www.dkds.dk

Find some non-traditional gifts at the Danish Design School’s Christmas market, where students sell their design products. Shop for graphics, glass, ceramics, prints, fashion and wild experiments. Buy the designs before they hit Copenhagen’s design shops with a price tag that exceeds your average Christmas budget.

ArtRebels

Location:Flæsketorvet 17-19, Ködbyn

Time: December 3rd – December 24th

Wednesday-Friday 12 – 8 pm

Sat-Sun 12 – 6 pm

Information: www.artrebels.com

ArtRebels is a professional network for Danish artists, designers, musicians, deejays and other creative souls. The Christmas market features products available on their online shop, as well as never-before-seen creations from their artists, musicians and designers.

See also: Photo Gallery: Christmas Design markets

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CHRISTMAS

Sweden’s best Christmas markets for 2021

After many Christmas markets were cancelled last season, you may be wondering where you will be able to get this year's dose of Christmas cheer. Here are our suggestions for some of Sweden's best Christmas markets.

snow on stockholm's gamla stan christmas market
Stockholm Old Town's Christmas market may be one of Europe's oldest. Photo: Ola Ericson/imagebank.sweden.se

SOUTHERN SWEDEN

1. Malmö Mitt Möllan

The trendy and multicultural area of Möllevången in Sweden’s third biggest city has become the spot for a special Christmas market for those looking for a modern and hipster-ish atmosphere. The Mitt Möllan traders’ association organises a market that promises art, culture, food and fashion. Busy that weekend? Malmö’s traditional annual Christmas market in Gustav Adolfs square, focusing on local products, is being held in three sessions, from December 9th-12th, 16th-19th and 20-23rd. 

When: December 2nd-5th

Tickets: Free

2. Kalmar Castle, Kalmar

This spectacular 800-year-old castle has established itself as one of the largest Christmas markets in Sweden. For four days, the whole building will be opened to the public and visitors get the chance to wander around in the historic decorated halls. Listen to Christmas and winter music, and walk around the castle and visit some of the about 120 craftsmen from all over Sweden who set up their stands and sell handmade items. 

When: November 25th-28th

Tickets: 90 kronor (free for under-12s)

Kalmar Castle in Småland provides a scenic location for one of Sweden’s largest Christmas markets. Photo: Emmy Jonsson/Scandinav Bildbyrå/imagebank.sweden.se

Katrinetorps Landeri, also known as Gourmetgården, is Malmö’s Christmas market for foodies. This market, situated in the house and gardens of Katrinetorp, built in the 1800s, will have a focus on Christmassy food such as glögg (mulled wine), as well as a horse and cart, antiques, a Lucia parade and dancing around the Christmas tree. They will also be offering their own handmade products in their deli.

When: December 3-5th

Tickets: 80 kronor for adults, free for children under 15

4. Jul på Bosjökloster, Höör

Christmas at Bosjökloster monastery is also back for 2021! As in previous years, this market will feature Christmas concerts in the church, as well as locally produced gifts and food for perfect Christmas gifts. Visitors will also be able to eat a traditional Swedish julbord, meet Santa, ride a horse and cart and “look for presents in the maze”. This market is taking place on the first weekend of advent, meaning you can start getting into the Christmas spirit as early as November!

When: November 26th-28th

Tickets: 100 kronor for adults, dropping to 50 kronor after 2pm on Sunday and free after 3pm on Sunday. Free for children under 16. Over-65s pay 80 kronor on Friday

CENTRAL SWEDEN

5. Liseberg theme park, Gothenburg

Sweden’s biggest amusement park, Gothenburg attraction Liseberg, lights up every year with millions of Christmas candles. A traditional Christmas Market and an old-fashioned Christmas market in different areas of the park offer everything from carol singing to pony carousel rides. Ice shows, Santa’s grotto, an ice skating rink and the park’s rabbits are sure to keep your little ones entertained. More information here.

When: Thursdays-Sundays between November 19th and December 30th. Check website for more details.

Tickets: Entrance from 95 kronor (free for children up to 110 centimetres) to 245 kronor for unlimited rides. The price varies depending on which day you visit as well as whether you want to go on the rides or not.

 

Gothenburg’s Liseberg theme park is host to a Christmas market complete with festive lights. Photo: Pontus Lundahl/Scanpix/TT

6. Skansen, Stockholm

Take the ferry over to Stockholm’s Djurgården island from Slussen and stroll over to Skansen, Europe’s biggest outdoor museum, which has organized its own Christmas market since 1903. It’s a great place to snap up some presents in the form of traditional Swedish arts and crafts, as well as having a feel of how Christmas was celebrated in the past.

When: Fridays-Sundays between November 26th and December 19th.

Tickets: 70 kronor for children aged 4-15, 160 kronor for adults and 140 kronor for concessions.

7. Old Town, Stockholm

Around 40 stands set up shop right in the middle of Stockholm’s Old Town ahead of the festive season, selling Swedish Christmas sweets, smoked reindeer, elk meat, a range of Swedish handicrafts and decorative arts, and much more. The setting alone is enough to get anyone into a romantic Christmas mood. This market might actually be one of the oldest in Europe, since the first Christmas market in the square was held as early as 1523 (although it started in its current format in 1837).

When: November 20th-December 23rd

Tickets: Free

8. Wadköping Christmas Market, Örebro

The Wadköping outdoor museum, which is an echo of what Örebro looked like centuries ago, organises a Christmas market full of the usual traditions: Christmas decorations, sausages, cheeses and arts and crafts. 2021’s Christmas market will also feature outdoor Christmas songs and pony riding.

When: November 21st and 28th, December 5th and 12th

Tickets: Free

NORTHERN SWEDEN

9. Gammelstads Kyrkstad, Luleå

Brave the cold (and it will be cold) for a Christmas market in the far north of Sweden. The Gammelstad Church Town is the country’s largest and best preserved church town, and a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is over 400 years old, and comprises of 405 cottages, six stables and a privy, sprawling around a large medieval stone church. The Christmas market takes place at the Hägnan open air museum, where around 80 exhibitors sell products from home-baked goods to arts and crafts. Visitors this year will be able to make their own candles, meet Santa and go on a candle-lit walking tour through the museum.

When: December 4th-5th

Tickets: 30 kronor

10. Jokkmokk Christmas Market, Jokkmokk

Jokkmokk is located in the north of Sweden, in the Arctic Circle. It is an important place for the Sami people, the only indigenous population in Scandinavia. It is famous for its winter market in February, which first took place in 1605. At their recently-established Christmas market, held in celebration of the winter solstice, visitors will find traditional Sami handicrafts – called duodji – and learn more about their history and culture.

When: December 11th-12th

Tickets: Free

Traditional Sami handicrafts – called guksi or kåsa – wooden drinking cups available at the Jokkmokk Christmas and winter markets. Photo: Fredrik Sandberg/Scanpix/TT
 

11. Christmas Market at Nordanå, Skellefteå

Are you in Skellefteå this December? Pay a visit to the Christmas market at Nordanå, which started in 1975. It is particularly known for its arts and crafts, and in past years visitors have been able to buy handmade ceramics, knitted baby clothes, and tin thread jewellery.

When: December 5th

Tickets: Free

12. Christmas Market at Västerbotten Museum, Umeå

This Umeå museum dedicated to the region of Västerbotten organises its annual Christmas market again. It promises a candy shop, horse-drawn carriage rides, a bakehouse and more than 80 artisans selling locally produced food and quality wares. Hungry visitors can also learn about what Christmas dinner from this region may have looked like in the 1870s.

When: December 4th-5th

Tickets: Free

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