Christmas on a Shoestring in Stockholm

Christmas can be an expensive time of year – what with all those gifts to buy, christmas parties to attend and decorations to purchase.

But fear not! For we bring you tidings of good news and great joy!

For we have compiled a list of our top shoestring-style money saving tips perfect for the Christmas season in Stockholm – from places to visit to help get you in that festive spirit, to where to eat and save a few pennies – we have it all!

Free places to visit!

Nothing will get you in the holiday season more than some Christmas lights and markets so why not head into Stockholm City Centre to see the many lights and decorated trees that can be found almost everywhere.

While you’re there, you can alway visit the Christmas markets in Gamla Stan and enjoy a warm glass of Glögg (the Swedish version of mulled wine) – no, that part won’t be free – but you can browse the markets at your leisure and soak up the bustling holiday vibe as tourists and locals alike get into the holiday spirit. (NB: The Swedish Christmas Markets in Stockholm are often smaller than many across Europe so don’t come with really high expectations – but a slow wander through the streets is a definite option for a Christmas holiday morning or afternoon activity.)

Where to eat:

As we have said in some of our previous posts, an evening meal out in Stockholm is not a cheap affair. At this time of year, when cash is tighter, opt for lunch out instead. Check out our cafes and restaurants page to find some of our favourites including sushi, a vegetarian buffet and some of our favourite cafes.

Winter Walks:

Wherever you happen to be in Stockholm, you will never be far away from lakes and forests.  As the weather turns colder, why not wrap up warm and take a stroll through nature.  During the long winters, many Swedes make the most of the outdoors (you will often see them overland-skiing, sledging, walking and even running in the snow), so why not embrace the winter like a Swede – get outdoors and make the most of this winter season. Click here to read about one of our favourite walks in Stockholm.

Other Christmas Activities:

And let’s not forget that there are many activities going on across the city (not all are free but definitely worth a mention):

Skansen Christmas Market – On most weekends leading up to Christmas – stalls include traditional Swedish handicrafts, sweets and food. Find out more here.

And to be really Swedish, make sure you drink plenty of Glögg (Swedish mulled wine) and eat plenty of Pepparkakor (thin Swedish ginger-bread biscuits)!
God Jul! (Merry Christmas!)

15th November 2015

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