It’s the most wonderful time of the year. And that means – among many other things – your last chance to check out some of Sweden’s charming Christmas markets.
That applies especially – and most urgently – to Skansen’s market, which comes to a close December 21st. The traditional market at Skansen has been held every Christmas since 1903 so why not join in the tradition? You’ll find it all, from sausages to spices and handicrafts, not to mention Christmas decorations, embroidery, and leather goods.
If you’re further out west, do make sure you swing by Scandinavia’s largest Christmas market at Liseberg in Gothenburg before December 30th, when they close shop. The Old Town Market at the Liseberg Amusement Park is indeed a bright three-kilometre lane of pure holiday fun.
Liseberg's Christmas Market. Photo: TT
Special and final mention goes to Stockholm’s Old Town Christmas Market, ending December 23rd, so if you haven’t already, visit soon — and if you have, why not go back? It is after all arguably Stockholm’s most famous, oldest, and most traditional. Find it in the heart of the Old Town (Gamla Stan) at Stortorget square (close to the Royal Palace). They’ll open daily for you at 11am and send you home at 6pm.
But if you’re done with the markets (and all your shopping) then why not hurry along and check out the Power of Fashion before its run at the Nordiska Museum ends on December 31st. It's an exhibition celebrating 300 years of clothing, where you can see fashion from three centuries, the 1780s, 1860s and 1960s, and discover how the economy, currents of ideas and technical developments of the time impacted clothing and fashion. They're open from 10-5pm daily.
The Nordiska Museum is almost worth a visit for the building alone. Photo: TT
If you’re up for some music rather than fashion, you’re in luck. December 20th is a particularly good time with Swedish hip hop artist Stor (featuring Aki), as well as Acid Queen (with Black Trip) live in Gothenburg, and a wide variety of artists such as 80s funk metal band Electric Boys, metal band Pig Eyes, jazz artist Lars B. Almkvist, and South African electro DJ Shane Gobi all performing across various venues in Stockholm.
Finally, if you’re looking for acrobatic, child-friendly entertainment, make sure you check out Cirkus Cirkör, Scandinavia’s leading contemporary circus company. They are continuing to hold performances of their “Knitting Peace” show throughout the week in Gustavsberg, a short drive east of Stockholm. Performances this week will be held December 20th, 21st, 26th and 27th.
That leaves out the 24th and 25th of December for some very special family and friends time, and we do hope you make the most out of your very own, unique events.