Spending Christmas in Stockholm may be one of the most Christmassy things a Christmas lover may ever do.
Christmas is entrenched in the Swedish culture and explodes all over the country. Since it is dark most of the winter, Swedes extend Christmas from around November, all the way until middle January – well past when we Americans have long taken our trees and trimmings down for a long winters nap. Stockholm may be the capital of the Swedish Christmas experience and sometimes may look as if Santa and his elves decorated the city themselves.
Check out the Ultimate Christmas Guide to Stockholm for a rocking Swedish Christmas, and all there is to do, see, experience and of course eat…And eat…And eat.
Step Into Christmas
The windows at the biggest shopping mall, NK, are all a buzz all season long with holiday window displays that rival Macy’s and Disneyland. Shoppers and gawkers flock to the department store to cuddle and coo all over Santa’s latest creations for all to admire and have a little fun with in front of these smashing windows to the Swedish shopping world.
Merry Christmas Baby
One of the best and poshest places to drop some holiday coin in Stockholm has to be the streets of Östermalm, as the Christmas themed red carpet streets invite shoppers to retailers such as clothing giant Acne, funky home design store Svenskt Tenn.
Peace On Earth
During the first week of December, Nobel Prizes are handed out to some of the biggest brains of our generation. One great way to get into the history of the Nobel Prize is to visit the Nobel Museum, located in the Gamla Stan area of town, which is the oldest and quaintest areas of the city.
A nice warm mug of glögg (warm mulled wine) and a pepperkaka (gingerbread cookie) are sure to warm your cockles and help your heart grow two sizes at the traditional Swedish Christmas market at the authentic ancestral Skansen.
Swedish Chef Christmas
After so much Christmas cheer, it is finally time to put the feedbag on and dive into one of the best of all Swedish traditions, the Swedish Christmas smorgasbord. Many of the finest restaurants and pop-up Christmas table dinners are chocked full of belly-stuffing goodies such as meatballs, herring of all kinds, sausages, Swedish loaves of bread, cheeses, smoked salmon, Christmas shots and a final crescendo of homemade candy and desserts – oh my!
Christmastime Is Here
What perfect way to work off the many Christmas kilos you just laid on yourself than to do your best Peanuts impression and get your ice skating on in the middle of the city at the picturesque setting of Kungstragarden ice rink.
Zat You Santa Clause
Santa Clause does exist in almost all Swedish homes, even if children are not involved as a friend, neighbor or family member don the Tomte (Santa Clause) costume and mask, grab the bag full of presents and visits your home in all Santa’s gift-giving glory.
A Holly Jolly Christmas
Since 1959, at 3 p.m. the streets are as empty as the zombie apocalypse when Donald Duck or “Kalle Anka och hans vänner önskar God Jul: “Donald Duck and his friends wish you a Merry Christmas,” take to the airwaves and the Swedish world grinds to a halt, as family and friends are glued to the television, with the same jokes, the same songs and sometimes the same hosts each year.
That’s what Christmas is all about Charlie Brown!