One of the benefits with the darkness that surrounds us this time of year is that the Christmas markets are a lot more cosy when they are embedded in darkness. And when it comes to Christmas markets, we are all for cosiness.

If you like travelling, visiting a Christmas market abroad is a nice trip. Apart from being festive, it will also give you a little bit of an insight in how other cultures celebrate Christmas. So book a room at a boutique hotel in Stockholm and a plane ticket. As northern Sweden is one of the places where Santa Claus allegedly lives, you are sure to get your money’s worth of Christmas feeling in the capital or this northern country.

Christmas Market in The Old Town of Stockholm

The Christmas market in the old town is a yearly tradition which dates back to 1837, making it the oldest Christmas market in Sweden. It is open every day from November 23 to December 23. Stroll among the many stalls and admire the craftsmanship, yearn for the delicious candy, and let the smell of glögg (mulled wine) linger in your nostrils.

The merchants can offer cheese, ham, candy, homemade goods, knitwear, gifts, Christmas decoration and many other things. Some of it is made by the merchants themselves, and they are happy to tell you more about it.

Christmas Market at Skansen

Another must-see when in Stockholm in December is the Christmas market at Skansen, the open-air museum. The market is open every weekend between November 30 and December 22.

At Skansen, houses and farmsteads from the old times have been rebuilt. In the houses and shops you will find a bakery, a post office and many craftsmen in different areas. During Christmas, they will give you an idea about how Christmas was celebrated from the 1830’s and forward.

At the Christmas market you will find more than 70 stalls displaying everything from homemade candy, Christmas decorations, cheese and knitted mittens and socks to glass, crisp bread and children’s books. It is a perfect place to buy unique Christmas gifts for your loved ones.