The best things to do to get in a festive mood in Malmö this Christmas

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The best things to do to get in a festive mood in Malmö this Christmas
Christmas revellers around the carousel in Gustav Adolf's Torg. Photo: Sanna Dolck/Malmö Stad

Ignore the grey skies and rain, this is the weekend that Malmö really gets into the festive spirit! Here’s The Local's guide to all the traditional Christmassy things you can get up to in Sweden's third city.


Christmas Markets  
Nowhere in Malmö that will get you into the Christmas spirit like the 16th century cobbled courtyard of Sankt Gertrud, opposite Malmö's Caroli shopping centre. This year you can snap up artisanal pickled herring for your traditional Swedish julbord, exquisite home-made praline chocolates, and all sorts of handiworks, all the time staying warm with spicy glögg and hot chocolate. It's open on December 8th and 9th. 
If you're of more of a hipster bent, you can opt instead for the Christmas market at Far i Hatten, a courtyard pub in the centre of Folkets Park. According to the organizers there will be "handicrafts, organic delicacies and food from local producers, as well as records, retrodesign and ecological clothes". And doubtless there will be much glögg and hot chocolate to keep your energy up too. It's open on Sunday December 9th.
If you want something slightly more upmarket, head to the courtyard at Malmö's Saluhall near the central station, which will be converted into a Christmas Market this year on Saturday between 10am and 5pm, with the jazz duo Smilla & Eric providing smooth sounds. 
If food is your main thing, head to Drottningtorget where there's a farmer's market from 9am to 2pm, selling fruit, meat and cheese from across the Skåne region.
The Christmas market at Sankt Gertrud in 2017. Photo: Sankt Gertrud
Head to Jul i city in Gustav Adolf's Square to take children on Christmas carousel rides, meet Santa Claus, and buy hot chocolate, glögg, and other tasty treats. There's also a heated geodesic dome, which serves as a café, and a packed programme of performances on various stages.
You can also meet Santa Claus at the Åhlens City department store on Södergatan just off the square every Saturday until Christmas. 
If your children need to burn off some excess energy, head to the ice rink at Folkets Park, where skates and helmets are given out for free. 
On December 13th, starting at 5.30pm, you can follow Malmö's Lucia and her procession from Malmö Opera all the way to the central Stortorget Square, where there will be a 45-minute Lucia concert starting at 6pm. There are other, smaller Lucia concerts at churches across the city. 
Malmö's Lucia this year is Natalia Bosak. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT
Christmas Shows
Malmö Opera is putting on  The Snow Queen, a lavish children's opera written by the Swedish composer Benjamin Staern and based on the classic Hans Christian Andersen story. The show launches on December 15th and will run until January 15th. It costs 630 kronor for two adults and two children. If you want to make it even more of a treat, you can book afternoon tea  with sandwiches, scones, pepparkakor biscuits, chocolate balls and hot drinks.
For grown-ups only, there's a Christmas cabaret at Moriskan by Aphrodite The Burlesque Extravaganza
If you want something more hard-edged, there's always the Rock The Night Christmas Show at Malmö Mässan, a tribute to 80's rock put together by Kee Marcello, one-time guitarist for The Final Countdown hitmakers Europe. 
Nowhere is the traditional Christmas julbord buffet as popular as it is in Skåne. Staffanstorps Gästis Julbord between Malmö and Lund promises to offer the true Skånsk experience, all washed down with its own popular tomtesnaps. For grander surroundings, head for Bosjökloster Slott near Höör, which offers a julbord together with a packed menu of other Christmassy activities. If you want to stay in Malmö, the julbord at Sankt Markus cellar, next to St Gertruds, should hit the spot. For a vegan julbord head to Moriska Pavilion in Folkets Park where you can stuff yourself while watching cabaret by Aphrodite The Burlesque Extravaganza
Christmas Trees
In the city centre, Christmas trees are sold at Gustav Adolf's Square, on the corner of Möllevången Square and Bergsgatan, at Drottningtorget, and at St Knuts Square. Those with cars and a tight budget can instead head out to Byggmax or Bauhaus. 
If you want to bring some Christmas spirit to those who need it most, Jalla Jalla en Jul för Alla organises a Christmas party on Julafton (Christmas Eve) for homeless people, poor families, and unaccompanied child migrants, which brought more than a thousand people to the Moriska Pavilion in Folkets Park last year. Click here to find out how to donate, volunteer, or attend. You can buy Christmas presents for the attendees and leave them at Cool Minds in Folkets Park on December 21st and 22nd. 
Have a Happy Christmas! 


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