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CHRISTMAS

Six festive winter events in Sweden this week

We've picked out six of the top events most likely to get you into the Christmas spirit this December, alongside our interactive calendar of everything else going on in Sweden this week.

Six festive winter events in Sweden this week
Several Lucia concerts are set to take place in Sweden this week. Photo: Jessica Gow/SCANPIX

1. Stockholm Santa Run

Here's to fund-racing for a good Clause! What do you get if you take thousands of people dressed up as Father Christmas and make them jog through the Swedish capital in mid-December? The Stockholm Santa Run. Tickets for taking part in the three-kilometre charity race are already sold out, but there's no reason why you shouldn't show up to cheer the Santas. Organizations benefiting from the fundraising event include the Red Cross, Save the Children and Aktivisfonden for youngsters with special needs.

When: December 13th, 10.45am

Where: Tantolunden park, Stockholm

Tickets: Sold out for runners, but it's free to watch


A similar Santa run in Germany last December. Photo: AP Photo/dpa,Ralf Hirschberger

2. Lucia concert

Come December 13th you will have a plethora of Lucia concerts to choose from across the country when the secular Swedes gather to celebrate their favourite Italian Catholic saint. But if you want a taste of what to expect, head to Hedvig Eleonora Church in Stockholm on Friday for an atmospheric rendition of Sweden's most beloved Lucia songs. Performance by the talented teens in Adolf Fredrik's Girls' Choir. Just make sure you read this guide to the six things not to tell a Swede on Lucia first.

When: December 11th, 7pm

Where: Hedvig Eleonora Church, Stockholm

Tickets: From 150 kronor ($18)

3. Affordable Art Fair Stockholm

If you're looking for a Christmas present for someone (or for yourself), why not try the Affordable Art Fair Christmas pop-up exhibition in Stockholm. Based on the concept originally launched in London in 1999, the Affordable Art Fair aims to sell art to reasonable prices. The artworks displayed at the event will be on sale from 500-5,000 kronor.

When: December 11th, 10am-7pm; December 12th, 11am-6pm

Where: HTL Kungsgatan 53, Stockholm

Tickets: Entry is free

4. Sofia Karlsson and Martin Hederos

Swedish folk singer-songwriter Sofia Karlsson has joined forces with former rock band Soundtrack Of Our Lives member Martin Hederos for an acoustic Christmas tour through Sweden. Together they are set to wow audiences with everything from their own new songs to traditional holiday classics in Swedish and English.

When/where: They will be in Stockholm, Östersund, Järna, Malmö, Gothenburg and Umeå in the coming week

Tickets: Around 200-300 kronor

5. Crazy Christmas Cabaret

Malmö's major casino is putting on a dazzling, glitzy, glamourous Christmas show with song and dance this Saturday. According to organizers, it's set to be a mix of Moulin Rouge, The Great Gatsby, Prince, Lady Gaga, Madonna and Berlin – and traditional Swedish Christmas food, of course.

When: December 12th, 6.30pm

Where: Casino Cosmopol, Malmö

Tickets: 650 kronor

6. A Christmas Carol

What would Christmas be without Charles Dickens' famous tale about the grumpy Ebenezer Scrooge? The play is being performed in English by an all-British ensemble at Stockholm's Maxim Theatre throughout December. The show includes some of your favourite holiday songs, including 'God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen', 'Ding Dong Merrily On High' and 'We Wish You A Merry Christmas'.

When: December, check exact dates on the website

Where: Maximteatern, Stockholm

Tickets: From 435 kronor


A Christmas Carol at Stockholm's Maxim Theatre. Photo: Johan Lygrell

In more of a bah humbug mood? Check out our interactive calendar below for other less festive events taking place throughout Sweden this week.

 

 

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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.

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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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