It is that time of the year when you can hear the Christmas carols almost everywhere. Most people are getting excited as Christmas is really near the corner. With people soaking in the festive spirit and enjoying to the fullest already, those last minute preparations and the rush to the market to buy that perfect gift for your friends and relatives, the season is busier than usual.
If you happen to be in and around Sweden, we have curated this list of the best Christmas markets where you can hop and bag some of the best possible deals you could ask for. Trust us; this is the best of what you could hope to scour when in Sweden during Christmas.
1. The Old Town, Stockholm
In the old town of Stockholm, one of the best Christmas markets is held. This market dates back to 1837. Be all set to find a flurry of products here ranging from ceramics to mulled wine and even Christmas sausages and more. The market is held from November 19th to December 23rd which means that you will have plenty of time to start your Christmas shopping. So, if you are one of those early birds for whom Christmas preparation kick-starts even before December does, this market is definitely for you.
Further, the market has a free entrance which is another reason for you to shop there.
2. Skansen, Stockholm
Another Christmas market in Stockholm that is quite renowned. You can take a ferry to the Djurgarden Island from Slussen and then head to Skansen where you can find the biggest outdoor museum in Europe. It is exactly at this venue that you will find the annual Christmas market.
This is the ideal place to pick up some of the best Swedish souvenirs and even the best of craft products as well. Often hailed as one of the best holiday markets in the whole of Sweden, you will find a lot here. This market is held every weekend in advent. There is an entrance fee for entering the market as you need to pay 60 kronor for children in the age group of 6 to 15 and for adults, the fee is 150 kronor. However, the fun and the kind of products you will get is definitely worth the money.
3. Astrid Lindgren’s Childhood Home Nas, Vimmerby
You must have heard of Astrid Lindgren. He was one of the most famous child authors of Sweden. In his childhood home, located in the Southern region of Smaland; you can find a beautiful Christmas market that is held annually.
In this market, you will not just find an array of arts and craft display, but at the same time, you can also get entertained with some of the most scintillating performances and traditional music as well. There is also a guided tour which is held which gives you detour of the writer’s home thoroughly decorated in the Christmas spirit. However, you need to make pre-bookings if you want to go on this tour.
This fest is held for a period of 2 days from December 9th to 10th and so if you really want to attend it, you need to plan your trip accordingly. The entrance tickets are free for children aged between 2 to 14 while there is a charge of 50 kronor for the rest.
4. Liseberg Amusement Park, Gothenburg
One of the biggest parks of Sweden, the Liseberg Theme Park is a major tourist attraction of the country. During the Christmas time, you will find this park to be lit up by endless Christmas candles. The annual winter market opens on the 18th of November and you can find a lot of amazing things and activities here.
There are some stupendous ice shows that are held. Further, you have a medieval village where you can find a lot of different things. Along with it, there is an ice skating rink for added fun and do not forget to keep an eye out for the rabbits who leave no stone unturned to ensure that everyone has a great time.
As for the entrance tickets, there is an all in one winter pass which will also cover those exciting rides and it costs 245 kronor.
5. Mollevangen Christmas Market, Malmo
Malmo is the third largest city in Sweden and it too has some of the most exciting fests and fairs. The Mollevangen area is one of the stylish parts of the city and if you are one of those who likes to catch up on the new trends, this place is ideal for you.
You should first check out the local market which is organized by Mitt Mollan traders’ association. Here, you can witness an extravaganza of art, culture, fashion, and food. When you are done with it, you should then head to the annual Christmas market which takes place near the Gustav Adolfs square. This market starts from November 26th and the entrance is free.
So, now that you know of all these amazing Christmas markets in Sweden, are you all set to buy the best souvenirs and stuff for your friend and relatives? No doubt, Christmas is that time of the year when you love going on a shopping spree. Also, the spirit of white Christmas is quite contagious. So, enjoy the best of spectacular views, the finest Swedish food and have a great time!