Christmas and the Winter season in Sweden

Enjoy the festive season the Swedish way, with glittering Christmas trees, masses of candles and traditional Christmas buffets with cold and warm meats, fish dishes, cheese and home-made sweets. Or browse among all these things at one of the many old-fashioned Christmas markets – complete with Swedish carols, classic decorations and locally produced seasonal delicacies.

Christmas Eve is the highlight of Christmas. Nearly everyone is on holiday. Having enjoyed the well-stocked Julbord (smorgasbord), that special knock at the door is awaited – the arrival of Santa Claus and presents. Christmas in Sweden has become more modern, mixing domestic and foreign customs.

Christmas time in Sweden is when cities, towns and villages are at their most magical with snow on the ground generally matched with blue skies and sunshine – it really is Christmas card perfect!

Christmas markets 

Wrap up in scarves, hats and gloves and warm yourself with a glass of spicy mulled wine (glögg) whilst browsing over the most gorgeous handicrafts and Christmas decorations at the Christmas markets in Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmo. Sample Swedish Christmas delicacies at the markets. Look out for smoked sausage, reindeer meat and traditional Swedish Christmas sweets.

Winter in Sweden – a magical time to visit

Although Sweden is considered to be at its most captivating during the warmer summer months, it is just as beautiful in winter when the country is transformed into a Winter Wonderland, offering fantastic unique winter experiences, combined with an abundance of festive cheer. Winter in Sweden is characterised by short days and icy cold temperatures, but far from it being a time of hibernation, it is a time when the Swedes take advantage of a unique geographic location.

Discover wonderful food experiences, awe-inspiring activities and a variety of Arctic experiences in addition to the traditional Christmas markets, festivals and New Year festivities.

Find wonderful Christmas and seasonal packages throughout our Destination Sweden pages

 

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Cities & Regions

 

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By mid-November, Gothenburg gets into the seasonal spirit and becomes the Christmas City that you really need to experience first hand.

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Enjoy a traditional Christmas experience in West Sweden. Buffets, twinkling fairy lights, stylishly decorated trees and old-fashioned Christmas markets.

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Stockholm is the capital of Sweden, the largest city in Sweden and a great destination to visit during Winter with so much to see and do.

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Central Sweden is home to Stockholm, the capital, provinces such as Dalarna and Värmland, along with the fantastic city of Uppsala.

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Malmö goes mad for markets, ice and decorating around Christmas, and offers many attractions including ice sculptures and ice-skating.

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Discover the main provinces of Southern Sweden, Skåne, Småland, Blekinge and Öland and be surprised by the beautiful scenery and landsapes.

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Swedish Lapland is the Arctic part of Sweden, home to Kiruna, Icehotel, Treehotel, The King’s Trail, the northern lights and Midnight sun.

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View the greatest light show on Earth – the Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis. With cloud-free skies, there really is no better place to see them.

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Accommodation Partners

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Elite Hotels of Sweden

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First Hotels

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Ligula Hospitality Group

Breaks, Attractions and Activities

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Skansen Open Air Museum, Stockholm

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Vasamuseet, Stockholm

Other Events

There are many more events taking place in Sweden over the Winter season – here are a selection to make your visit more memorable.

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Vinterfest

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Stockholm Santa Run

 

City cards

City cards are becoming the fashionable way of seeing the highlights of a city and offer convenience and value. City cards provide you with many advantages such as free or heavily discounted admission and priority access to top attractions and free use of public transport.

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