Julmarknader – Christmas Markets in Stockholm 2017

‘Tis the season! UPDATED FOR 2017

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 for you to explore this season.

Gamla Stan (Old Town) Julmarknad (Christmas Market)

Every year in Gamla Stan’s main square (Stortorget), you can immerse 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. The market is quite small when compared to its European counterparts, but the setting definitely makes up for it!

When: 11:00 – 18:00 every day from 2nd – 23rd December
Entry: FREE

Skansen’s Julmarknad

When you think of Skansen, you might consider it as more for a summer outing! 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 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 25th November – 17th December.
Entry: Adults: 160 SEK, children aged 6-15: 60 SEK. FREE ENTRY ON CHRISTMAS EVE (24th December)

Drottningholms Slott Christmas Market

Held in the grounds of the Royal Residence, this Christmas market happens just one weekend in December. With all kinds of tasty delicacies and handicrafts from some of Sweden’s best artisans.

During this time, the palace will also be open (ticketed) showcasing a special Baroque flower exhibition.

When: Saturday 9 December at 10:00–17:00 & Sunday 10 December at 10:00–16:00

Rosendals Trädgård

This infamous garden centre and cafe know how to do Christmas! With events happening throughout the Christmas season – including a Lucia concert (if you are lucky enough to get tickets) and Christmas evening events.

From wreaths, and flower arrangements to homemade pickles & preserves made at Rosendal, crafts, homemade bread baked in a wood-fired oven to and fresh organic food in and seasonal cakes… an afternoon or evening here will definitely add to your holiday spirit!

 Tuesday – Sunday 11 am – 4 pm up until 22nd of December (except when they have a special event on – so do check first to avoid disappointment)
Entry: FREE, except for special events

Other Christmas Markets in Stockholm and Sweden:

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:

Other Christmas Markets in Stockholm

Sigtuna Christmas Market

This market gains in popularity every year and with the backdrop of the quiant town of Sigtuna, it is easy to see why.

When:  26th November, 3rd, 10th and 17th December from 11:00 to 16:00
Entry: Free

Design Julmarknad 

Featuring unique gifts and handmade products well-known designers and up and coming young creatives.

Entry: 50kr
 9th-10th December from 11:00-17:00

Steninge Slott (near Sigtuna)

This place so much more to offer than just another Christmas market – as our friends over at Slow Travel Stockholm can tell you…

Entry: FREE
Open: Everyday until the 23rd December.

Konstfacks Julmarknad

This annual market showcases the work of students from Konstfack (College Of Art)

Entry: FREE
When: 2nd December

Vaxholm Christmas Market– 3rd – 4th December

Further afield in Sweden:

And if you’re feeling really adventurous, why not check out some of these interesting places beyond Stockholm.

Falu Gruva (Copper Mine)

Old-fashioned Christmas Market – Sunday 10th December 10:00-17:00.

Sala Silver Mine

With a whole host of activities including a Christmas Buffet, Julmarknad and Underground Lucia. Christmas Market is open on the 9th-10th December.

Gothenburg (Göteborg)

A whole host of activities are going on in Gothenburg and they are all listed on their website.

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.)

28th November 2017

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