Get in the Christmas spirit!
Where are the best Christmas markets for gingerbread and Christmas gifts? What concerts spread Christmas cheer in the winter darkness? And where are the Christmas buffets? Stockholm will have a sack full of goodies for Christmas 2010. Here’s a selection:
Christmas buffet at Skansen
Restaurant Solliden at Skansen offers a Christmas buffet laden with traditional Swedish fare. Late November – a few days before Christmas Eve. www.skansen.se
Christmas buffet at Operakällaren
Christmas buffet with an exquisite selection of dishes and traditional home-made fare. The elegant and well-preserved dining room is filled with Christmas spirit. For more information about opening hours and sittings, see the website:- Late November – Christmas Eve. www.operakallaren.se
Christmas buffet on Strömma boats
Enjoy a traditional Swedish Christmas buffet while you cruise the Stockholm archipelago. Strömma boats are outfitted in Christmas finery and some trips include entertainment. Most cruises are scheduled for the afternoon and evening, but lunch cruises are also available.
- The season starts in the end of November, details at www.stromma.se
Christmas market in the Old Town (Gamla stan)
For a genuine Stockholm Christmas, the Old Town’s Christmas market is a must. This market has been held in Stortorget since 1915, and the little red stalls sell warm “glögg”, gingerbread, cheese, candy and craft.
- Open every day, from late November til Christmas.
Christmas market at Skansen
Skansen celebrates all traditional Swedish festivals and Christmas is no exception. Visit the annual Christmas market. Buy delicious treats or beautiful Christmas gifts, and music and carols spread Christmas cheer.
- Every Sat and Sun from November 27 – December 19, 10 am – 4 pm, www.skansen.se
Christmas concert in Stockholm Cathedral (Storkyrkan)
Uplifting, religious Christmas music presented by some of Stockholm’s best known church musicians and choirs. A Christmas highlight. This is the cathedral where this year's royal wedding took place.
- Traditionally held the Sunday before Christmas Eve. www.stockholmsdomkyrkoforsamling.se
Lucia at Skansen
Lucia, queen of the light, is crowned according to tradition at Skansen. On Lucia Day, the Lucia procession goes around Skansen and sings for visitors. You can also hear historical stories about why Lucia is celebrated in Sweden.
- December 13, www.skansen.se
Lucia concert in Stockholm Cathedral (Storkyrkan)
Children’s choirs from Adolf Fredriks Musikskola light up the winter darkness with Lucia songs and music. The majestic acoustics of the cathedral and flickering candles create a wonderful atmosphere. Details for 2010 will be updated shortly. www.stockholmsdomkyrkoforsamling.se