Julmarknader – Christmas Markets in Stockholm 2016

‘Tis the season! UPDATED FOR 2016

Advent is almost here in Sweden… yes, it really is that time of year again!

And what better way to get you into the holiday spirit than heading to a Christmas market or two. To make things easy for you, we’ve compiled a list of some of the biggest and best in and around Stockholm (and indeed Sweden) for you to explore this season.

Gamla Stan (Old Town) Julmarknad (Christmas Market)

Every year in Gamla Stan’s main square (Stortorget), you can emerse yourself in Swedish Christmas tradition through over 40 various stalls that line the square.  With a warm cup of Glögg (Sweden’s version of mulled wine), take a lazy wander and explore the foods and gifts on offer: From Christmas sweets & smoked reindeer to handmade knitted caps & a whole range of Swedish handicrafts. Gamla Stan’s Julmarkad is one not to miss!

When: 11:00 – 18:00 every day from 19th November – 23rd December.
Entry: FREE

Skansen’s Julmarknad

When you think of Skansen, you might consider it as more of a summer-day-out-kind-of-place! But think again… as they have a lot to offer their visitors over the Christmas season:

Skansen’s Christmas Market has been going since 1903 and while the normal entry price doesn’t make this a cheap outing, Skansen do offer more than just Christmas markets: With a whole programme of events, they pride themselves on being so much more than just a Christmas market!

Insider tip: On Christmas Eve, you can get  FREE ENTRY TO SKANSEN where you will find a whole host of activities going on.

When:  The Christmas Markets are open from 10:00 – 16:00 every weekend in Advent from 26th November – 18th December.
Entry: Adults: 150 SEK, children aged 6-15: 60 SEK. FREE ENTRY ON CHRISTMAS EVE (24th December)

Other Christmas Markets going on across the city:

While these may be the main touristy markets going on across the city, many Julmarknader and other festive events are happening across the city. While this list isn’t comprehensive, there is surely something in here for everyone:

Throughout Advent

Design Julmarknad – featuring designers and makers of unique gifts and handmade products:
26th – 27th November, 3rd – 4th December, 10th – 11th December, 17th – 18th December

Sigtuna Christmas Market – the market in this quaint Swedish town North of Stockholm is well worth a visit:
27th November, 4th, 11th and 18th December from 11:00 to 16:00

Steninge Slott (near Sigtuna) has so much more to offer than just another Christmas market – as our friends over at Slow Travel Stockholm can tell you… – Open everyday from 12th November – 23rd December.

By date:

Julkväll (Christmas Evening) at Rosendals Trädgård – 24th November
Konstfacks Julmarknad will showcase the work of students from Konstfack (College Of Art) – 26th November
Täbypark Julmarknad – Saturday 26th November and Saturday 3rd December
Jul at Drottningholm Palace – 3rd – 4th December
Vaxholm Christmas Market– 3rd – 4th December

And further afield in Sweden:

Falu Gruva – Old-fashioned Christmas Market – Sunday 4th December 10:00-17:00
Uppsala – Many markets and various Christmas activities throughout the Advent Season.
Gothenburg (Göteborg) Christmas.
Winter in Malmö

Have we’ve missed anything? If you know of a good Julmarknad going on in Stockholm or around Sweden, do let us know in the comments below!

(Photo credits: Gamla Stan – © 2016 Anita Tatlow. Skansen – NenyakiEduardo M.C.)

18th November 2016

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