We have made a list of the best Christmas markets in Stockholm in 2016. Enjoy Christmas carols at one of the most traditional Christmas markets, munch on candy at the city’s oldest Christmas market or discover crafts and traditional Swedish Christmas food in a royal atmosphere. Here is the guide to Stockholm’s best Christmas markets in 2016.
Christmas markets in Stockholm
Let the children meet the horses at the Royal Stable Christmas market. Find unique and modern decorations at Beckman school of arts, or breath in the archipelago, juniper and smoked herring on Utö. Anyone who wants to get in the mood for the Christmas season will find a Christmas market to do so in Stockholm, Sweden.
The usual Christmas traditions is of course central: like drinking mulled wine (“glögg”), listen to Christmas carols (“julsånger”) and buying festive treats (“julgodis”). Artisans from across the country flock to the capital’s Christmas markets with their crafts and Christmas decorations. If you bring children there is plenty for them to discover and do, everything from Christmas crafts to grilling sausages.
Most Christmas markets are open as usual this year, but there are some exceptions. There will be no Christmas market at Sergel Torg Square this Christmas due to Renovation works on the square. Also the Christmas market in Kungsträdgården is cancelled in 2016.
1. Skansen Christmas market
One of the most traditional and authentic Christmas markets in Stockholm is Skansen Christmas market (Skansen julmarknad) which dates back to 1903. The beautiful, unique location, the stunning old buildings and the Swedish native animals all contributes to a lovely, vintage Christmas spirit.
There are exhibits on how Christmas was celebrated back in the days, both in the farming community as well as in a traditional bourgeois city homes around the year 1900. The attractions includes small cottages and stalls filled with food, treats and crafts. The culture historical cottages have their fireplaces lit, the houses and Christmas trees decorated and the tables set with traditional Swedish Christmas food. Skansen also has carols and music preformances.
Opens: Saturday 26 November and going every weekend to the weekend before Christmas.
Where: Djurgården, Stockholm.
Admission: Adult (over 16 years) SEK 150, senior SEK 130, children 6-15 years 60 SEK, children 0-5 years free admission.
2. Stockholm Old Town Christmas market
The Christmas market (Gamla stans julmarknad) on Stortorget started in 1837 and is the oldest Christmas market not only in Stockholm but in the whole of Sweden. In the picturesque, medieval Old Town you can feel the history. In the 41 booths you will find candies, blacksmith crafts, traditional Swedish Christmas sausages, ceramics, cotton candy and much more. The stalls were designed in the 1960´s and are made like copies of the ancient trade booths from the Middle Ages.
On 13th of December there is a big Saint Lucia celebration, a very beautiful tradition with a choir of women and men dressed in white.
The Christmas market is in the tenth place of UK’s The Telegraph’s list of the ten best Christmas markets this year. Between 150 000 and 200 000 visitors tend to visit the market every year. This is definitely on of Stockholm’s best Christmas market.
Open: Every day, 19th November to 23d December.
Where: Main Square, Old Town, Stockholm.
3. Taxinge Castle Christmas Market
Taxinge castle 60 km outside Stockholm holds an annual big Christmas market, well worth the trip. Housing over 100 craftsmen of arts and crafts, this is the perfect place to get your special Christmas gifts. Additionally, a wide range of Christmas food is for sale and there are Christmas dinners to enjoy on the spot. The Christmas market is beautifully framed by flickering torches and bonfires.
Taxinge Castle is an estate in Taxinge parish in Södermanland and is located on a headland in Gripsholmsviken. The estate has roots dating back to the Viking era but the present main building was built in 1807-1813.
Open: Thursday November 10th to Sunday November 13th and November 17th to 20th.
Where: Näsby, Nykvarn.
Info: www.taxingeslott.se (Swedish)
Admission: 80 SEK. Children under 12 years old, free admission.
4. Utö Christmas market
Utö in the Stockholm archipelago arranges a traditional Christmas market at Utö Inn (Utö Värdshus) for the 40th time. Experience the cozy Christmas atmosphere with beautifully decorated craft stalls in the harbor. Browse among julkärvar (Hay decorations), mistletoes and beautiful crafts.
Enjoy mulled wine (“glögg”), glitter and the traditional Christmas archipelago aroma of juniper and blackened herring. If you feel like it, you can also have a Christmas dinner with archipelago touch – or simply just a Christmas-inspired coffee in one of the cafes. Extra boat trips run during market days.
Open: Saturday-Sunday 3-4 and 10th to 12th December.
Getting there: Ferry from Årsta Havsbad to Gruvbryggan on Utö.
5. Drottningholm Palace Christmas Market
One of Stockholm’s finest Christmas markets is the royal Palace Drottningholm´s Christmas market. It is organized this year the second Advent weekend. The emphasis is on Swedish handicrafts and small-scale produced food. This is where you will find many of the best craftsmen and you can buy personalized Christmas gifts of all kinds.
You can also visit the castle and the Drottningholm theater. There are guided tours of theater every hour, plus themed display of Christmas celebrations in the 18th century.
Royal Palace Drottningholm is located on Lovön in Mälaren. The present castle was built from 1662 to around 1750 as a summer palace on the initiative of Queen Hedvig Eleonora.
Open: Saturday-Sunday 3d to 4th December.
6. Beckmans Christmas market
Unique and personalized Christmas gifts at the Christmas market of Beckmans school of Design.
The students of the school has created Christmas gifts and creative crafts in form, fashion and visual communication. The also serve “julfika”, typical Christmas drinks, baked goods, sweets in Beckman’s café. This is a different market from the typical Christmas markets in Stockholm.
Open: Saturday-Sunday December 10 to 11 at 11-17.
Find it: Brahegatan 10 (Ostermalm).
7. Ladan, Öråkers farm Christmas market
Ladan meaning the barn, is a perfect place to find the right Christmas spirit in a rural setting. This is a traditional indoor Christmas market with crafts, artisan food, knitwear, pottery, furnishings and more.
You will also hear lovely Christmas music, the children’s can participate in crafts and try pony riding, and you can learn your own creative gift wrapping. There is also a café which serves homemade and organic daily fresh bread and cakes, second-hand clothes for children and adults. Several smaller stalls has focus on craftsmanship based on redesign and recycling. In this beautiful Christmas markets in Stockholm you can also buy honey, apple juice, olive oil and seasonal vegetables. On the 4th and 11th of December there will be live Christmas music at 12-14.30.
Open: Sunday 4th, 11th and 18th December. The barn is also open on Saturdays.
Find it: Öråkers farm outside Kungsängen