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Christmas markets in Sweden
For traditional Christmas market head to Sweden. Try mulled wine (glögg) and gingerbread cookies and pick up some traditional Swedish handicraft. Here are some of the Christmas markets in and around the biggest cities in Sweden
Gothenburg and West Sweden
Gothenburg is host to a number of smaller, more contemporary markets offering unique jewellery, ceramics and alternative arts and crafts. For example, in Haga Old Town, visitors can find home-made and locally-produced gifts, or in the historic and atmospheric setting of Kronhuset, visitors can find traditional handicrafts. More about Christmas in Gothenburg and Gothenburg's Christmas markets.
In the countryside surrounding Gothenburg, visitors can find several traditional markets held in picturesque towns such as the Christmas market at Gunnebo House & Gardens, one of Sweden's finest 18th century estates, offering handicraft stalls and organic cuisine.
Date: Open November 24th and 25th and December 1st and 2nd.
Alternatively, one of Sweden’s most festive highlights is Liseberg Amusement Park’s Christmas Market. Located in the heart of Gothenburg, it is Sweden’s largest Christmas Market, decorated with five million twinkling lights and 700 Christmas trees. Liseberg features more than 70 rustic market stalls, selling everything from arts and crafts to seasonal foods such as traditional Swedish marinated herring, marzipan pigs, roasted reindeer served by Sámi reindeer herders from Lapland, kitted out in traditional costume. Entry to Christmas at Liseberg is free with a Gothenburg City Card.
Skåne and Malmö
Experience an atmospheric Christmas Market at one of Skåne’s amazing castles.
Bosjökloster Castle opens its Christmas Market on the first weekend of December where guests can enjoy horse-and-wagon rides and a huge array of stalls selling local delicacies and produce, before listening to family Christmas carols in the 11th century church. Date: opens Nov 29 and ends at 4 PM on December 4th.
Skåne is also home to the Fredriksdal Christmas market at Helsingborg, attracting more than 20,000 visitors each year and offering a yuletide atmosphere for all the ages. The perfect location to get into the Christmas spirit, visitors can taste traditional local delicacies and enjoy live entertainment and activities. Children can participate in pottery classes or marzipan workshops or visit Santa’s farm to meet his favourite animals.
Date: 6 December 13:00 – 19:00 / 7 and 8 December 11:00 – 18:00.
Malmö itself offers a selection of Christmas Markets, in particular the fair on Gustavs Adolfs Torg. The whole square is transformed into a glittering cosy, festive setting, offering music and live performances alongside horse and carriage rides and old-fashioned stalls selling local handicrafts. The market is an ideal opportunity to sample the local spicy mulled wine (glögg) as well as other typical Swedish produce.
For a genuine Stockholm Christmas, the Christmas market in Gamla Stan (Stockholm's Old Town) is a must. This is the most famous, and most traditional Christmas Market in Stockholm. Try some of the Swedish Christmas sweets and other Christmas delicacies like glögg (mulled wine) and browse for Swedish handicrafts.
Date: Open daily between 11 AM and 6 PM.
Since 1903 the Christmas market at Skansen has become a holiday tradition. Stroll around the stalls and booth and stock up on traditional Christmas food and handicrafts.
Date: The Christmas Market is open between 10:00 AM to 4 PM on all Saturday and Sundays between 24th of November and 16th of December.
At Drottningholm's annual Christmas Market you'll find all kinds of Christmassy delicacies and traditional handicrafts. You can also discover the Royal palace, either on your own or join a guided tour.
Date: December 7-8
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