‘Tis the season allihopa!
My absolute favorite time of the year has once again rolled around- we have at lasted arrived at the joyous holiday season! I could go on an on about why Christmas is deservingly the very best of the best holidays in the entire world, but I won’t. Instead however, I will tell you one of the reasons why Christmas is completely amazing right here in beautiful Stockholm, Sweden- and that’s because of the many Julmarknads (Christmas markets in Swedish).
Be it traditional or more contemporary, there are a number of markets in and nearby Stockholm city that you will surely not want to miss. Among them include:
- Gamla Stan Julmarknad– situated in Old Town right near city centre (oldest and most traditional Christmas market, but with only a few number of stalls) The atmosphere at this one is very cozy, think cobblestone streets and picture-perfect architecture all around.
- Kungstradgården Julmarknad– located in Östermalm in a large urban park near tourist shopping centers (Note: there’s an ice-skating rink here)
- Skansen’s Traditional Christmas Market– situated in Bollnäs Square and in the town quarter (this is probably the most legitimate of Christmas markets, but you will need to purchase a ticket to enter)
- Sigtuna Julmarknad– located half an hour away from Stockholm city in the city of Sigtuna a.k.a Sweden’s oldest recorded town (there is also an indoor market being hosted nearby in the Steninge Slott)
So! Whether you are looking to find some Swedish handicrafts or snacks to bring home for family over the holidays as gifts (I suggest trying some moose or reindeer sausage for the adventurous crowd), itching to finally taste some spicy Swedish mulled punch (known as Glögg), or maybe eat some delicious Swedish waffles topped with whipped cream and jam- whichever it may be, I would highly recommend you head on over to one (or more) of the Christmas markets and see what they have to offer for yourself.
P.S. Most of these markets close down a few days before Christmas and many hold their biggest festivities and performances on the weekends- just FYI!
Warm wishes for a wonderful start to the Christmas season!