Lately, I have been planning my Christmas travels. I am very excited to tell you that this year I am not taking a special Christmas market trip like the one to Prague, but spending (fingers crossed) a solo Christmas abroad (and seeing some markets while travelling)! When I was living in Stockholm, wandering around the Old Town around Christmas was my favourite activities. If you are dreaming of Scandinavian Christmas, the Stockholm Christmas Markets will make a nice trip.
One wouldn’t easily guess that there are actually many markets and places to choose from in Stockholm – the traditional and touristic ones, and ones that you might have never heard of. You can take a boat to an idyllic archipelago town or do your candy shopping in a floating boat or at a castle courtyard. In this guide post, I will share with you my suggestions for the ultimate Stockholm Christmas shopping trip.
The Gamla Stan Christmas Market
The Gamla Stan (Old Town) market is the most traditional, oldest and most famous of them. In Sweden the first Christmas markets started during the medieval times and the very first was held in the Old Town of Stockholm already in 1523!
The genuine atmosphere fills the Stortorget square when the little red wooden stalls start selling local Christmas sweets and other treats, like smoked reindeer and elk meat, and Swedish handicrafts. If the weather is cold, there is nothing cosier than purchasing some hot glögg (mulled wine) to warm you up. And if it gets too cold, the fika-perfect cute cafés of Old Town are nearby.
In 2018, the Gamla Stan Christmas market is open daily between 11 AM and 6 PM, starting from November 24 and ending on December 23.
Christmas Market at Skansen
Skansen is the world’s oldest open-air museum. The Christmas market has been held there since 1903, so you can bet there is an authentic traditional atmosphere. All the historical houses are decorated, and events and celebrations are held the whole month of December.
The stalls sell with traditional sausages, cheeses, spices, cakes, crisp bread, jams, candy and marzipan. Naturally, you can also purchase Christmas decorations, embroidery, handicrafts and children’s books and other items.
This year, the Christmas market opens on Saturday, November 24. The market is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 AM – 4 PM between November 24 – December 16. Admission to Skansen is SEK 125 for adults, children up to 15 years free. More information can be found here.
Christmas Fair at the Royal Stables
Probably the most exquisite market is the one held at the Royal Stables (Hovstallet) on the first weekend in Advent (in 2018, Nov 30 – Dec 2, Friday 12 – 7 PM, Saturday 10 AM – 6 PM, Sunday 10 AM – 5 PM). During those three days, around 70 exhibitors from across Sweden will be selling the finest crafts there – not forgetting festive delicacies.
The stables, harness room and coach sheds will also be open all weekend and make an exciting place to visit. In the courtyard, there is also the Royal Stables’ café where you can enjoy your fika.
Admission SEK 80, children under 12 free entrance in company of a guardian. More information in English here.
Christmas Market at Drottningholm
This market focuses on handcrafts, such as candles and textiles. Obviously, there are also food and local delicacies – and glögg.
The palace is open during the Christmas market. You can wander by yourself or join a guided tour. More information in English here.
The Steninge Castle Christmas market
Steninge Castle Christmas Market is the largest indoor Christmas market in Stockholm area – 1500 square meters filled with shops, restaurants and artisans in a cosy atmosphere.
The castle is located in Sigtuna (address: Steninge Slottsväg 141, Märsta), where a trip takes a bit over one hour by a train. Free entrance and free parking, if you go there by car.
This Christmas market opens earlier than the other markets – in 2018, it is open every day from November 10 until December 23 (Mon-Fri 11 AM – 6 PM, Sat-Sun 10 AM – 5 PM). More information (in Swedish) here.
Cruise to Blidö Christmas Market
Christmas Market on the Marzipan Boat
A unique and sweet (literally) experience is visiting the Marzipan Boat from the 1930s – the only floating confectionery shop of Stockholm. This one is technically a candy shop, but one you should pay a visit for!
You will find lots of sweet treats: chocolates, truffles, toffees, nougats, mints, marzipan (plus marzipan marmalade!) and much more. There also completely vegan candies.
The ferry shop opens on the first advent, in 2018 on Friday 30 November. Open until 29 December, Mon-Fri 11 AM – 7 PM. (Christmas Eve 11 AM – 3 PM, Christmas Day 11 AM – 7 PM, Boxing Day 11 AM – 7 PM). Address: Strandvägskajen 18, Stockholm. More information here (in Swedish).
Christmas Fair at the Taxinge Castle
Christmas Market at Sandhamn
Other Christmas Markets
In addition, you can find markets at least in the charming town of Sigtuna, the idyllic Vaxholm island, Långholmen, and Skokloster Castle. On December 9 there is even held the Stockholms Feminist Market.
Pssst! Be sure to check the information about opening hours etc. before visiting, as the information is stated here as it was founded on Nov 1st, 2018.
Have you visited Stockholm Christmas Markets yet? Do you like the tradition of Christmas markets?