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Stockholm Christmas Market 2023 Sweden

20 November 2023 - 23 December 2023


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Few cities embrace the festive spirit as wholeheartedly as the Swedish capital. The Stockholm Christmas Market is not just a solitary affair but a series of gatherings that appear across the Scandinavian metropolis.

Stockholm Christmas Market – Gamla Stan

The main draw is the Christmas market in Gamla Stan, the medieval old town, which is itself much like a scene out of a traditional festive fable.

Stockholm Christmas Market Gamla Stan, photo Jeppe Wikström
Stockholm Christmas Market Gamla Stan, photo Jeppe Wikström

Also called Stortorgets Christmas Market as it’s held in Stortorget square, close to the Royal Palace, expect small red stalls to appear offering smoked sausages, Swedish Christmas sweets, a range of Swedish handicrafts and, naturally, some glögg (mulled wine). Today’s Christmas market started in 1837, making it the oldest Christmas market in Stockholm and Sweden.

Other Christmas Markets in Stockholm

But Gamla Stan is not the only Stockholm Christmas Market. Indeed the largest Christmas market in Sweden is held at Taxinge Castle in Nykvarn to the north of the capital.

Children dressing up for Christmas

For a more royal Christmas fair head to the Royal Stables Christmas Market. In addition to featuring some of the finest crafts from around Sweden, the Royal Stables, coach sheds and harness room will be open to the public for the duration of the weekend.

Another popular Christmas market is held at the Skansen Open Air Museum. Head here for Skansen’s own mustard.

Other Things to Do in Stockholm

The Swedish capital is a wonderful city that comes to live at Christmas time. For more inspiration read our Things to Do in Stockholm: Gamla Stan, Boats and Cool Bars. Alternatively, try out the excellent Stockholm craft beer scene.

Stockholm at Christmas, photo Henri Trygg
Stockholm at Christmas, photo Henri Trygg

Hotels in Stockholm

There are plenty of hotels in Stockholm, depending on your budget. Our personal favourite is Downtown Camper, but if you are looking for accommodation in Stockholm then we suggest you try our booking form below.

Getting to Stockholm

Stockholm has almost as many airports than Christmas markets with a great network throughout Europe and across the World. Budget airlines, such as Ryanair, tend to use Skvasta and Västerås airports, whereas long hauls go to Arlanda airport. Flygbussarna runs buses to and from the airports to Stockholm City Terminal in the heart of the city.

Alternatively you could also benefit from Sweden’s excellent rail service and take the train.

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More information on Stockholm Christmas Markets

For more information on times, locations and what to expect, go to the Visit Stockholm website’s events page. or read here. All photos courtesy of Visit Stockholm, cover photo Henri Trygg.


20 November 2023
23 December 2023


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Mark Bibby Jackson

Mark Bibby Jackson

Before setting up Travel Begins at 40, Mark was the publisher of AsiaLIFE Cambodia and a freelance travel writer. When he is not packing and unpacking his travelling bag, Mark writes novels, including To Cook A Spider and Peppered Justice. He loves walking, eating, tasting beer, isolation and arthouse movies, as well as talking to strangers on planes, buses and trains whenever possible. Most at home when not at home.

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