Welcome to December in Stockholm! We can hardly believe that 2019 is wrapping up. Make these last days count: check off your Christmas shopping, see those exhibits you promised yourself you would get to, and make the time to get cozy underneath a blanket with a mug of glögg. We have found a wide variety of seasonal events for you to experience; some traditional, some wintery, some with a unique twist, and some just plain ole fun!
Here’s what’s happening in Stockholm this month:
Sunday 1st December
Venture to Lidingö for the day, and shop for cheese, lambskins, crafts, and more. The kids can go pony riding, and everyone can visit the animals of the farm. Maybe Santa will even stop by!
Dios is a new Chilean film, coming from the creators of their 2014 documentary, Propaganda. The film depicts the largest religious crisis in the history of Chile after the 2018 visit of the Pope. Food and wine will be offered at the showing. Tickets are 100 SEK.
Every year, the University of Arts, Crafts, and Design hosts a Christmas market where students have the opportunity to showcase and sell their work. The students will be presenting jewelry, posters, glass, sculpture, ceramics, paintings… Pretty much everything you could imagine!
If you are interested in participating in a workshop, there will be one offered for children and parents to create their own artwork. There will be a café open during the market in case you want lunch or fika. Entrance fee to this market is 20 SEK, and includes wardrobe.
Shop clothes, shoes and accessories from popular brands at this pop-up shop, while also supporting the Hunger Project’s work. Entrance to this event is free. All proceeds from the event will go to The Hunger Project, an organization that works to eliminate poverty and hunger in the world. Stay in style while helping others!
Watch blacksmiths at work and listen to their stories at this Christmas market. You will have the chance to hear accordions, warm yourself by a fire, and sip mulled wine. Entrance is free; parking is 50 SEK per car.
Monday 2nd – Friday 13th December
This event, running in collaboration with a series in Madrid, focuses on how to take action with regard to climate change. You will be able to watch and participate in a range of climate events in relation to the UN climate negotiations, the COP25. To see the full schedule of events, and make reservations for individual events, check out the website.
Wednesday 4th December
Italian Wine and Food Festival at Eataly
We know with this darkness, the week can seem to drag on. This midweek event is sure to rejuvenate you, with good Italian food and wine. You can choose to taste 5 (295 SEK), 8 (395 SEK) or 12 (495 SEK) wines. With your ticket comes an Italian buffet with amazing treats, like pizza, cheese, meats, pasta, and gelato.
Thursday 5th December
Take your after work crew over to Haymarket for cocktails from the award-winning American bar and live jazz music. The venue is perfect for this music, as this 1920’s vintage building easily invokes that “roaring twenties” spirit. You can see more shows on the 12th and 19th of the month.
The Tim Bergling Foundation will host a tribute concert for Tim “Avicii” Bergling, with the profits going toward initiatives in mental health and suicide prevention. In addition to Avicii’s music, there will be several DJs performing at this concert, including David Guetta and Kygo, who were friends of Avicii. Tickets for this concert range from 400 to 900 SEK.
Friday 6th December
Monogram your Signature Flower Accessories at By Malene Birger Biblioteksgatan
At this holiday party, you can shop, enjoy a drink, and have Signature Flower accessories that you purchase hand-monogrammed for no extra cost! This brand just got even cooler. If you have an item monogrammed, it will be available for pick-up at a later date.
Saturday 7th – Sunday 8th December
Beckman’s Christmas Market at Rosendal’s Garden
Head to the Rosendal greenhouses, have a fika, and browse the unique work from students of Beckman’s School of Design. Entrance to the market is free.
Saturday 7th December
The Swedish tradition of Lucia brightens the darkness with candlelight and song. This concert will feature music from a couple of youth choirs. Tickets for the concert range from 80 to 270 SEK.
Sunday 8th December
Christmas Decorations with Bea Szenfeld at Nordic Museum
Make decorations with the talented designer, Bea Szenfeld, who made the decorations for the Nordic Museum’s Christmas tree this year, inspired by the exhibit “Arctic – While the Ice is Melting.” To attend one of the three workshops with Szenfeld, you will need to pre-purchase a ticket for 90 SEK in addition to the regular museum entrance fee (140 SEK for adults, free for children).
Björk’s Cornucopia tour brings you not only a musical concert, but an art and theater performance as well. The show premiered at The Shed in New York City, with fantastic reviews. Tickets for this full-experience show range from 595 to 1125 SEK.
Monday 9th December
The St. Petersburg Festival Ballet performs the classic tale of Odette, a princess turned into a swan by an evil sorcerer. You can choose to include dinner with your ticket, to give you the full evening out experience. Tickets to the show range from 540 to 1155 SEK.
Wednesday 11th – Sunday 15th, Wednesday 18th – Sunday 21st December
Fredrik Benke Rydman has a modern take on the classic tale of Snow White. In this version, Instagram takes on the role of the mirror, and influencers the roles of the dwarves. Who will be the fairest of them all? Tickets range from 395 to 695 SEK.
Thursday 12th December
Join Jack Skellington, as he discovers Christmas Town and becomes enchanted to the point of obsession. Tim Burton’s film is a staple on the Christmas movie list, and can be enjoyed every year! The movie will be shown in English. Tickets for the movie range from 160 to 230 SEK.
Friday 13th December
At this event, you will have the chance to bid on and purchase donated art in all forms, from paintings to photographs to prints. The proceeds will go to the people of Rojava, helping with basic supplies such as food and medicine. In addition to the auction, there will be music and poetry at this fundraising event.
Enjoy this free Lucia event that gives the tradition a twist. The show will not only feature music, but an ice skating show!
Saturday 14th December
Boiler Room is an online music-broadcasting platform that has hosted shows in about 100 cities in the world. Now, they return to Stockholm after six years. The lineup for this event has not yet been announced, so stayed tuned for more information! You can buy resale tickets now.
Sunday 15th December
This is Christmas is a family-friendly show with the message of Christmas at its core, and wonderful performances! There will be dance, live orchestra, drama and acting in this year’s new show. Tickets are 165 SEK.
Monday 16th – Tuesday 17th December
See this Stockholm-born pop artist this December. Sandén gained recognition through her participation in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest and in Medolifstivalen. Earlier this year, she released her fourth album. Tickets for the show range from 390 to 874 SEK.
Tuesday 17th – Wednesday 18th December
First Aid Kit, Maja Francis, and Amanda Bergman will perform a Christmas concert, with a mix of pop, country and traditional folk songs. Get into the spirit with the classic Christmas songs and some new ones.
Friday 20th December
This swinging jazz band started in Havana, Cuba, and now has its home base in Sweden. Buena Vista Social Club and Earth Wind & Fire influence their music. After the show, the dancing will continue at Nalen with a salsa club. Tickets for the show are 250 SEK.
Out of Office’s Ugly Christmas Sweater Party at Münchenbryggeriet
It is time to dig out the homemade sweater that your Great-Aunt Linda gave you eons ago, and you wore only wore once because wow those colors clash! That sweater now has a chance to shine at this free entry event. To attend, you will need to create a profile in the free OOOAW app. It is a cash-free event.
Saturday 21st December
Swedish singer/songwriter Linnea Henriksson started to gain recognition when she participated in Idol 2010. Now, she is on tour, and will bring a little Christmas joy to Stockholm for an evening. Concert tickets range from 450 to 550 SEK.
Friday 27th – Monday 30th December
Downton Abbey with Afternoon Tea at Bio & Bistro Capitol
We have some tea to spill, and it is that your afternoon is about to become marvelous. You can watch Downton Abbey while enjoying tea, sandwiches, and freshly baked scones, just as this British show should be enjoyed! Tickets range from 160 to 230 SEK.
Saturday 28th – Sunday 29th December
Love Actually Live in Concert at Stockholm Concert Hall
The Stockholm Concert Orchestra will perform the score of Love Actually while the film in projected on a big screen. This slightly dated British romcom gets us laughing, cringing, and crying all in one film. Missing this performance may actually be “worse than the total agony of being in love”! Tickets range from 397 to 610 SEK.
Tuesday 31st December
New Year’s Eve Ball at Nordic Museum
Explore between the marble pillars, take a dance class from professional dancers Tobias Wallin and Helena Fransson, and enjoy a sustainable fireworks show to say goodbye to 2019 and hello to 2020. Tickets to the event are 140 SEK.
Ongoing in December
A Christmas Carol at Folkoperan
Charles Dickens’ classic tale follows grumpy Ebenezer Scrooge as he is visited by the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future. Will Scrooge begin to understand the warmth of Christmas? Tickets for the play, which is in English, range from 395 to 645 SEK. The play takes place Friday 6th – Sunday 8th, Thursday 12th – Sunday 15th, and Wednesday 18th – Sunday 22nd December.
Concrete panels can evoke a wide range of feelings. Recently, concrete can be quite sleek; not too long ago, concrete panels would have been regarded as ugly; and even before that, seeing concrete panels being lifted into the air was a positive sight, because it meant more housing was being built during a time of shortage. The free exhibit, Flying Panels, explores the history of concrete in architecture, and the effects it has had on culture (think toys, operas, and more).
A Christmas classic! Petter and Lotta convince their guardians to let them sleep underneath the Christmas tree, and the evening turns magical! This particular ballet is the version from 1995, choreographed by Pär Isberg.
Nordic Contemporary at Sven-Harrys Konstmuseum
This season’s exhibit at Sven-Harrys showcases the work of five different Nordic artists. Thepaintings, sculpture and films, have been selected by the Ars Fennica jury. Admission to the museum is 120 SEK.
The Hermit, The Fool and the Lovers at Galleri Andersson/Sandström
Artist Astrid Sylwan has her 6th exhibition at Galleri Andersson/Sandström, this one inspired by Tarot cards and readings. Sylwan, a graduate from Konstfack, has work in the Moderna Museet collections.
Advent Hip Hop Concerts at Babas Burgers
Every advent Sunday from 5 pm, head to Babas Burgers for a hip hop concert benefitting WarChild, a Swedish non-profit focusing on helping children of war. Enjoy burgers, great music, and contribute to a good cause!
Pas D’Art is a new restaurant in Stockholm (opened just Friday 29th November!) that is well worth a visit! The design is by Martin Brudnizki, a Swedish architect who mostly designs in London. Michael Spiridon is a Michelin star chef, so we know the menu will be incredible!
If you’re a business or organisation that would like us to add your event to next month’s calendar, please contact us at hello [@] scandinaviastandard [dot] com. Thank you!
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