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Common Questions

Where is Skansen's Christmas Market? 
Skansen's Christmas Market is in the city centre on the island of Djurgården.
What does it cost to enter Skansen? 
A day ticket for adults costs 245 SEK. Students and seniors get a discount of 20 SEK while children 4-15 years old's ticket is priced at 70 SEK.
Where to buy a ticket to Skansen? 
You can buy it on the spot but we recommend buying from GetYourGuide.
Where is Stortorget's Christmas Market? 
It is in the Old Town (Gamla Stan) in the city centre.
Is Stortorget's Christmas Market free? 
Yes, there is no admission fee.
What can you buy at Stockholm's Christmas market? 
You can buy sweets, drinks, snacks, hot soup, clothes, locally hand-made products and much more.
Is mulled wine served? 
A non-alcoholic version called Glögg is widely sold in the Christmas market stalls. Restaurants nearby may also sell Glögg wine with alcohol.
How to travel around Stockholm? 
Stockholm has a well-working public transport network. Install the SL App on your phone.
What is the weather like in December? 
The temperature will be around 0 Celcius. It is often cloudy and it may rain or snow. Sunny cold days are the best.
Is English spoken in Stockholm? 
Yes, English is widely spoken.

Must-Visit Stockholm's Christmas Markets 2023

A glögg market stall at the Skansen
Visitors love to enjoy Glögg from a market stall at the Skansen's Christmas Market.

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We embarked on a ferry trip from Helsinki to Stockholm to explore two of its famous Christmas Markets: Skansen located in an open-air museum and Stortorget in the Old Town. Despite sharing certain common features, the two markets retain their unique characteristics offering different experiences to visitors. Dive into our experiences to discover how these Christmas markets distinguish themselves from each other.

Christmas in Stockholm

Experiencing the Christmas season in Stockholm is a magical experience. The city changes into a festive spectacle with shimmering lights, holiday decorations, and enchanting Christmas stalls. Stockholm offers a plethora of traditional Swedish Christmas festivities, such as savouring Christmas buffet, partaking in a yuletide concert, or gliding on the ice of Stockholm's frozen lakes.

As for Christmas markets, they are among Stockholm's most cherished Christmas traditions. The city is home to many of these festive bazaars which sell not only traditional Christmas delights but also high-quality Swedish products.

In this article, we highlight the two best-known Christmas Markets in Stockholm. Stortorget's Christmas Market, situated in the middle of the Stockholm Old Town, is perhaps the most prestigious. Another notable Christmas event is Skansen's Christmas Market, which is a crowd's favourite.

Our Winter Escape to Swedish Christmas Markets

Since the Christmas Market in Helsinki was not open yet in November, we took a journey to Stockholm to get familiar with the enchanting Christmas markets of the Swedish capital. We embarked on a Silja Line ferry on a Friday evening at the Port of Helsinki, reaching Stockholm by Saturday morning. We had an ample 8 hours to soak up the festive vibes of Stockholm before our inbound ferry trip to Helsinki.

Ceasar drinking a cup of Glögg with gingerbread at Stortorget
I make it a habit to enjoy a cup of Glögg with gingerbread while visiting the Stortorget's Christmas Market.

Ferry is the optimal method of commuting between Helsinki and Stockholm. They dock at central locations and offer reasonably priced fares. There's no need to worry about accommodation as the ferry provides comfortable cabins. Moreover, party lovers would enjoy the night's entertainment on the ship.

Old Town Christmas Market at Stortorget

Our journey in Stockholm started with a visit to the Stortorget's Christmas Market. From the port, we walked about 15 minutes to the Gärdet Metro Station. We conveniently reached Stockholm city centre within a 19-minute journey by tunnelbana (Swedish term for the underground train). We stopped at Gamla Stan Station (Old Town) from which we had a brief uphill walk that led us directly to the old Stortorget Square. We were fortunate enough to reach Stortorget Square just as the Christmas Market stalls were starting to open at 11 am. However, a huge crowd has quickly filled this Christmas Market.

A huge Christmas at Stortorget
A huge Christmas tree is standing at the Stortorget Square where the Stortorget's Christmas Market is located.

Opening Hours

The Stortorget's Christmas Market commences its operations daily from November 25 to December 23. It welcomes visitors every day starting at 11 am and it continues to stay vibrant until 6 pm. The sun sets in Stockholm already at 4 pm so the last two hours are perhaps the best moments to visit the market when the warm Christmas lights decors make the place lively with bright lights.

Admission to the Stortorget's Christmas Market is free.

Location

The Stortorget's Christmas Market is centrally located and easily accessible. The visiting address is Stortorget 2, Stockholm. You can either enjoy a leisurely walk from the port to the Old Town or opt for the underground, alighting at the Gamla Stan station. We suggest utilizing Google Maps for precise navigation, as it functions effectively in Stockholm. The Old Town's lanes are narrow and labyrinthine, making it easy to lose your way. However, the region is not extensively large, making it manageable to explore by foot.

Decorations at Stockholm Old Town
Along the way to Stortorget's Square, visitors will be amazed by the beautiful Christmas decorations of the shops in the Old Town.

Atmosphere

The Stortorget's Christmas Market, renowned as the most traditional and oldest Christmas market in Stockholm, has been a yearly attraction since 1915. Nestled in the heart of the city's Old Town, the market boasts an array of stalls where one can find traditional Swedish Christmas crafts, food, and beverages. It is the oldest medieval-style Christmas Market in Stockholm.

A ceramics market stall
A ceramics market stall at the Stortorget's Christmas Market in Stockholm.

The square is not big but it is beautiful and idyllic surrounded by iconic colourful buildings. You will find 41 stalls selling everything from ceramics to fine smithing and other crafts as well as sausages, mulled wine, and much more.

We spent almost two hours exploring the Stortoget's Christmas Market. Naturally, we sampled the local mulled wine, Glögg, a non-alcoholic variant. Given the strict alcohol regulations in Sweden, most Christmas beverages are alcohol-free. However, if you prefer the alcoholic version, Glögg Wine can be found in restaurants and bars near the market.

A Christmas market stall in the middle of Stortorgets Square
This Christmas market stall in the middle of Stortorget's Square is selling warm Glögg where you can have free gingerbread.

Despite the enticing aromas of local snacks, we didn't partake, as we were still satiated from our ferry breakfast buffet. If we would have been hungry, we would surely have tasted the diverse range of Swedish snacks.

A market stall selling at the Stortorget
A market stall is selling Swedish food products including homemade gingerbreads at the Stortorget's Christmas Market in Stockholm.

The majority of the stalls were selling Swedish products, sweets, packed local food, clothes and homemade bottled drinks. Our preference leans more towards soaking in the ambience rather than making purchases. Along with Glögg we enjoyed on the spot, we also acquired a bottle of the Swedish drink, Julmust.

A market stall selling at Christmas Market in Stockholm.
A market stall is selling farm-produced delicacy cheeses at the Stortorget's Christmas Market in Stockholm.

Julmust is a non-alcoholic Swedish soft drink that is mainly consumed around Christmas. It is a dark, sweet soda that has a flavour similar to a blend of cola and root beer. The drink was created in the early 20th century as a non-alcoholic alternative to beer. They are produced in different versions. For instance, we bought a bottle of Julmumma which contains cardamom.

Julmumma stall at the Stortorget
We bought a bottle of Julmumma at this market stall at the Stortorget's Christmas Market in Stockholm.

Events

Upon our visit, we found no specific events or programs occurring at the Stortorget's Christmas Market. This was further confirmed when we checked the official website of the market, which also did not list any planned events. It appears that this market does not organise specific Christmas programs. Nevertheless, we would still highly recommend visiting, as the atmosphere is incredibly festive and enjoyable.

We enjoyed our cups of Glögg in the middle of Stortorget's Christmas Market in Stockholm Old Town.

Skansen's Christmas Market

The other entrance of Skansen
A group of visitors are arriving at the entrance of Skansen Open-Air Museum.

After enjoying the festive atmosphere of the Old Town, we decided to continue to Skansen's Christmas Market. We hopped on a local ferry at the Nybrokajen dock, and within a fresh 15-minute journey over the cold sea, we found ourselves standing at the Allmänna Gränd ferry dock. The entrance of the renowned Skansen Open-Air Museum was only 5 minutes walk away.

As Skansen functions as a museum, you must pay an entry fee of 245 SEK. However, it's worth noting that while the Christmas Market itself doesn't carry an additional charge, the entry ticket provides access to explore the museum area. This allows visitors to spend several engaging hours within Skansen's historical treasures.

PRO TIP
Secure your entrance tickets in advance on GetYourGuide and pass the queue.

Operating Hours

Skansen's Christmas Market welcomes visitors every day from November 25 to January 7, from 10 am with varying closing times. On weekdays, the Christmas market is open until 4 pm but on Saturdays and Sundays, it has longer opening hours till 6 PM. On Christmas Eve, December 24 the Skansen's Christmas Market is closing at 2 pm while starting on Christmas day until January 7th, the opening hours will be from 10 am to 4 pm daily.

A directional sign at Skansen Open-air museum
Even through the opening days of Skansen's Christmas Market mentioned on this sign is from, Friday to Sunday, its official page says it is open every day.

Location

Nestled on the island of Djurgården, Skansen is conveniently located just a 30-minute walk from the city centre. Accessibility is a breeze, with bus, tram, and ferry options readily available. The visiting address of Skansen is Djurgårdsslätten 49-51, 115 21 Stockholm.

For a smooth festive itinerary, we suggest starting your day at the earlier-opening Skansen before heading to Stortorget. This allows you to seamlessly experience both iconic Christmas markets in a single day.

Atmosphere

The roots of Skansen's Christmas Market date back to 1903 so the market is celebrating its 120th anniversary this year! Skansen's Christmas Market is a treasure trove, offering everything from traditional crafts and unique designs to sweet treats and homemade candles. Alongside these, various stalls provide a delectable range of drinks and both sweet and savoury snacks.

Freshly baked sweets at a market stall.
A market stall at the Skansen's Christmas Market is selling freshly baked sweets.
A visitor is buying soup from a market stall at the Skansen
Many market stalls at the Skansen's Christmas Market sell hot soups of different flavours just perfect for the cold wintery weather.
Chocolate drink market stall at Skansen
For non-Glögg or non-coffee drinkers, you can opt for hot chocolate drinks which are sold in numerous market stalls at Skansen's Christmas Market.

Compared to the Old Town's Christmas Market, Skansen's Christmas Market is larger. The onset of snowfall during our visit further enhanced the winter-like ambience. One could argue that Skansen's market possesses a more idyllic charm than the Old Town's, despite the absence of iconic colourful buildings. The increased space allows for easier movement and less congestion.

Glögg/coffee market stall
Christmas market visitors at Skansen are buying warm drinks from a Glögg market stall.

While we opted out of having another glass of Glögg at Skansen, we indulged in sweet hot chocolate instead. The aroma of local cuisine was enticing, but we decided to save our appetite for a later reservation in the Östermalm area. Instead, we spent our time exploring the area and the various stalls, paying a visit to Skansen Butiken, a shop teeming with local products. If we had known that so many food options were available at Skansen, we could have made our plans differently.

Skansen Butiken / The Skansen Shop

After checking through the numerous Christmas market stalls at Skansen's Christmas market, we were feeling quite cold as it started to snow and there was a cold breeze. Thankfully we noticed there was the Skansen Shop where we bought some souvenirs with another intent also to warm ourselves inside. However, it was not much warmer inside this shop at all. You can barely feel it's heated. We also heard the same comments from other visitors inside the shop. This shop sells different kinds of local food products and classic Christmas decorations of good quality which justifies the high price.

The entrance to Skansen shop
The entrance to the Skansen shop is located just in the middle of the Skansen's Christmas Market.
Different kinds of Christmas decorations in the Skansen shop
Skansen Shop sells different kinds of Christmas decorations with high quality.
Inside the Skamsen shop
Visitors of Skansen's Christmas Market are checking on souvenir items in the Skansen Shop.

Events

Skansen's Christmas Market hosts multiple free and paid events. During our visit, a local choir was singing. There was also live Christmas-themed dance music now and then and an area for dancing.

A choir singing at the Skansen
We witnessed a choir singing local music at the Skansen's Christmas Market.

Refer to the official Skansen website which lists all available programs. For example, the program includes the following.

  • Winter Lights at Skansen
    • This event offers a magical walking trail of light and sound, providing a full sensory experience and a chance to get into the holiday spirit.
  • Bergsman Farmstead Folk Music
    • This event pays homage to the long-standing tradition of folk music in Sweden, which is showcased at various Skansen locations.
  • Meet Santa Claus in the Brage Hall
    • This is a chance to listen to amusing stories about Santa Claus through the ages and make a Christmas wish list.
  • Candle Making (Ljusstöpning)
    • This event provides an opportunity to learn how traditional candles are made and engage in hands-on experience.
  • Lucia Celebrations At Skansen
    • The feast of Lucia is celebrated on Dec 9-10, in addition to the original date of Dec 13.
  • Christmas in Houses and Farmsteads (Julbord i Oktorpsgården)
    • This event allows visitors to take a tour of Christmas celebrations from the 1830s and onwards.
  • Christmas Music in Seglora Church
    • Every weekend in Advent, Christmas concerts are held at the Seglora Church.
  • Christmas Workshop
    • This event offers a chance to create personal Christmas decorations using recycled materials.
  • Christmas Carols (Julsånger i Missionshuset)
    • This event provides an opportunity to sing along or simply enjoy classic Christmas carols
  • End of Christmas Celebrations
    • Celebrated on January 6th, the Epiphany is marked by dancing around the Christmas tree with Skansen's folk dancers and musicians.
  • New Year's Concert
    • This event features a magical concert by the Nordic musical group Frispel to usher in the New Year.

Entrance Fee

Admission to the Skansen is priced for adults at 245 SEK but reduced to just 100 SEK on Christmas Eve. For discount groups like students and seniors, the ticket is 225 SEK while it is also reduced to 80 SEK on Christmas Eve. Children aged 4-15 will be charged a 70 SEK entrance fee, also reduced on Christmas Eve to just 35 SEK. While the cost might seem high for a Christmas Market, it's important to note that it also covers entry to the open-air museum. The area offers a wealth of attractions to explore, along with a range of programs on offer.

The entrance to Skansen
Visitors are queuing to buy entrance tickets to Skansen at the main entrance of Skansen.

It is also possible to buy an annual pass to visit Skansen which entitles you to attend the different events aside from the Christmas Market. Since Skansen is open daily the whole year round, it is worthwhile buying an annual pass if you plan to visit this attraction quite often within a year. Adult's annual pass costs 395 SEK while for students and seniors, it is priced at 375 SEK. Children three years old and below have free access.

RECOMMENDATION
Buy tickets for Skansen on GetYourGuide. After the purchase, just download the ticket on your phone which you show to the staff at the entrance and pass the queue.

Visiting Skansen's Christmas Market Costs - Why to Visit?

We were initially surprised to learn that there was an entrance fee to Skansen just to visit the Christmas Market since we've never had to pay an admission fee for a market before. We were left wondering whether to pay.

Directional signages at Skansen
The directional signages at Skansen are clear enough which is pretty helpful for visitors in locating the different attractions at this open-air museum.

However, we soon realized that Skansen is more than just a market, it's a vast open-air museum. There's plenty to explore even during the winter season, and it's quite a delight to leisurely wander through its expanse. Once we recognized this, the entrance fee seemed far more justified. The only drawback was that we hadn't set aside enough time to fully appreciate the museum because the main intent of our visit was to visit the Christmas Market.

A handicraft Christmas market stall at the Skansen
A couple are checking for souvenirs at a handicraft Christmas market stall at the Skansen's Christmas Market.

We would advise our readers who are planning to visit Skansen's Christmas Market, to allocate at least a half day to explore the different attractions of Skansen Open-Air Museum unrushed. Especially on a bright winter's day, the experience will be unique.

PRO TIP
Will you stay longer in Stockholm? Buy Stockholm Card which includes admission to Skansen and many other sights.

Which Christmas Market is Better Between the Two?

For those pressed for time, you might wonder which Christmas Market is better: Stortorget or Skansen? However, drawing a comparison between them is challenging.

Stortorget's Christmas Market is a timeless tradition in Stockholm which is nestled in the picturesque setting of the Old Town. Contrarily, Skansen's Christmas Market offers a larger scale and includes entertainment, but its setting might not have the same charm as the Old Town. In essence, each market provides a unique experience.

Hot soup market stall at Skansen
Visitors of Skansen's Christmas Market are buying hot soup from this market stall.

We would strongly suggest visiting both if possible. If your time is limited, opt for the Stortorget's Christmas Market. However, if you have the luxury of an entire day, we recommend starting with Skansen and perhaps transitioning to Stortorget later in the day.

Good to Know about Stockholm

We list practical information about travelling to Stockholm.

Reach

Travelling to Stockholm is easy, with Stockholm-Arlanda Airport situated 50 kilometres away from the city centre. A rapid express train service ensures a swift connection to the heart of the city. In addition to Scandinavian Airlines, many low-cost airlines like Norwegian Air Shuttle fly to Arlanda.

PRO TIP
Buy tickets for the Arlanda Airport Express Train to the city centre on GetYourGuide.

If you're coming from Helsinki or Tallinn, consider a ferry ride as an optimal means of arrival in Stockholm. Given that these capital cities also boast beautiful Christmas Markets, it would be worthwhile to incorporate them into your travel plan.

Navigating through Stockholm is uncomplicated with its integrated public transport system, which includes buses, trams, underground trains, and ferries. A single ticket is applicable across all these modes of transportation, enhancing travel convenience.

RECOMMENDATION
Download SL App and buy tickets to Stockholm's public transportation with your mobile phone.

Hotels

Hotels in Stockholm are pricey but they offer good quality. We list a few of our recommendations located in the city centre.

With a plethora of chic accommodations in Stockholm, we encourage you to explore and discover your preferred choice. Don't forget to reserve a room inclusive of breakfast, as the continental breakfast offerings in Nordic hotels are notably varied and abundant.

Weather

Like our home city, Helsinki, Stockholm also experiences chilly winters, with temperatures ranging from +5 to -15 or even colder. Clear skies often mean lower temperatures, but they also provide more daylight which luckily compensates for the cold weather conditions in the Christmas markets. It is crucial to dress appropriately in multiple layers, warm jackets, quality gloves, and a beanie to stay comfortable.

Visitors of Stortorget
While visiting Stortorget 's Christmas Market, it is important to have layers of warm clothes and don't forget to enjoy a cup of warm Glögg offered in the Christmas market.
A fireplace at Skansen
We appreciated the presence of a fireplace right near the entrance of Skansen where we warmed ourselves before continuing to explore the venue.

Conversely, the most challenging weather typically features slightly above-freezing temperatures combined with rain and wind. These conditions result in darkness, dampness, and a heightened sense of cold, making them less desirable.

It is difficult to forecast weather in Nordic countries. Long-time weather forecasts are unreliable.

Common Questions

Where is Skansen's Christmas Market? 
Skansen's Christmas Market is in the city centre on the island of Djurgården.
What does it cost to enter Skansen? 
A day ticket for adults costs 245 SEK. Students and seniors get a discount of 20 SEK while children 4-15 years old's ticket is priced at 70 SEK.
Where to buy a ticket to Skansen? 
You can buy it on the spot but we recommend buying from GetYourGuide.
Where is Stortorget's Christmas Market? 
It is in the Old Town (Gamla Stan) in the city centre.
Is Stortorget's Christmas Market free? 
Yes, there is no admission fee.
What can you buy at Stockholm's Christmas market? 
You can buy sweets, drinks, snacks, hot soup, clothes, locally hand-made products and much more.
Is mulled wine served? 
A non-alcoholic version called Glögg is widely sold in the Christmas market stalls. Restaurants nearby may also sell Glögg wine with alcohol.
How to travel around Stockholm? 
Stockholm has a well-working public transport network. Install the SL App on your phone.
What is the weather like in December? 
The temperature will be around 0 Celcius. It is often cloudy and it may rain or snow. Sunny cold days are the best.
Is English spoken in Stockholm? 
Yes, English is widely spoken.

Bottom Line

Stockholm is brimming with seasonal activities and numerous Christmas Markets, among which the Stortorget and Skansen markets are particularly renowned. Our visit to both was a delightful experience.

The Christmas Market at Stortorget exudes a traditional, medieval charm, nestled in the heart of the Old Town, surrounded by picturesque buildings. Despite its small size, it provides an authentic Christmas atmosphere. On the other hand, Skansen's Christmas Market, set amidst an open-air museum, may lack quaint buildings but it compensates with its stunning location. Offering an array of both free and paid entertainment, one can easily spend many hours at Skansen.

Have you had the chance to explore any Christmas markets in Stockholm? How was your experience? Do share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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