The winter darkness has taken hold, but the Swedes have strung lights and warmed glögg. So steal yourself away from the cozy blankets and fireside (we know, it’s hard) to enjoy the cheer of December events! Even for the most hibernation-prone among us, there will be something fun to do, we promise.
Here’s what’s happening in Stockholm this December:
Friday 1st – Saturday 2nd December
ARK and Konstfack have paired up to bring us drawings and screen prints at great prices. You know that blank spot on the wall you’ve been trying to fill? Looks like we found your fix.
Friday 1st – Sunday 3rd December
arab film festival at zita folkets bio
Hosted by the Malmö Arab Film Festival, this weekend of events focuses on Arab film in the western world. Along with film screenings all weekend, there will be a seminar about violence against women in Arab film on Saturday. Some events are free, but all require a festival pass.
Saturday 2nd – Sunday 3rd December
konstfacks julmarknad at konstfack
There are plenty of Christmas markets in Stockholm area, including the Drottningholms Slot and Schysst Jul markets, but the Konstfacks market is one you don’t want to miss! Find one-of-a-kind pieces of art created by the students of Konstfack. Be sure to bring cash for the 20 kr entrance fee.
Friday 1st, Friday 8th, & Friday 15th December
Lost in Translation at Boulevard Teatern
Need a laugh on one of these dark nights? Head to the Boulevard Teatern for a comedy show (in English) about life in Sweden as a foreigner and laugh at yourself a little!
Sunday 3rd – Monday 4th December
The Fleet Foxes are making a stop in Stockholm on their world tour of their third album, Crack-Up. Soothing, yet edgy – perfect for the winter!
Monday 4th – Wednesday 6th December
Don’t let the darkness get you down! Treat yourself to this three-day program: learn techniques to manage daily stress and maintain happiness.
Tuesday 5th December
Remember Start-Up People of Sweden (SUP46)? They’re back with their ninth FemTech event! Listen to a panel of inspiring women in the tech world, and hear a few pitch their ideas.
Friday 8th December
art from the heart at wip: sthlm
Come to the opening of the exhibition “Art From the Heart,” where female and non-binary black artists have an opportunity to share their stories through their artwork.
Nobelberget Christmas Market at nobelberget marknad
Nobelberget brings us another night of fun. Vintage and flea markets, art, food trucks, drinks, live music…what more could you want?
Saturday 9th December
Take a break from holiday stress to re-center with Rebecca O’Brien, a Certified Stress Management & Relaxation Therapist. Relaxation exercises and an informative talk about stress are held in English.
Sunday 10th December
Stockholm Santa Run in Kungsträdgården
Proceeds of this 3 km fun run go to Aktivisfonden, Barncancerfonden and Läkare Utan Gränser. All are welcome, so join the Christmas spirit of giving with this charity run!
Shop for artwork by female designers and enjoy brunch at Calexico at the Feminist Market.
Wednesday 13th December
marc e bassy at obaren
Marc E. Bassy, the American R&B singer, was a member of 2AM Club before making it on his own. See him at the intimate Obaren for free – it’s “So Simple,” you can’t miss it!
Wednesday 13th – Thursday 14th December
Celebrate Lucia, the bearer of light, and watch the Neptun Synchronized Swimming Club’s procession with a twist! Be aware of the location and date you choose, as they vary.
Friday 15th – Sunday 17th December
FeminEast Festival at Södra Teatern
The FeminEast Festival highlights female artists from the Middle East. Concerts range from the jazz group Golnar & Mahan, to rap from Linda Pira.
Sunday 17th December
Night Swim at Selma
Selma City Spa is opening for a special evening of relaxation. The ticket covers entrance to the spa, rooftop pool, sauna, tea and snacks. We’re already starting to feel more relaxed…
Wednesday 20th & Wednesday 27th December
Venture outdoors with Green Trails, and snowshoe through a winter wonderland. You may even spot some wildlife!
Wednesday 20th December
Sleeping Beauty ballet at Cirkus
Moscow State Ballet and Orchestra perform the classic story of Princess Aurora. An enchanting evening at the ballet? We’re in!
A documentary about the musician Frank Zappa. His talent was surely complimented by his mustache.
Thursday 21st December
Winter Wonder World: Queer Edition at Bångska Våningen
Cinema Queer is here for a mini-festival! Watch some short films in a magical winter wonderland on the shortest day of the year.
Sunday 31st December
new year’s eve ball at nalen
Dinner, a show, and a…masquerade ball? Finally, a chance to experience the magic of masquerades, like in the movies!
new year’s eve at skansen
Watch the fireworks over the city, and listen to a recital of Lord Tennyson’s “Ring Out Wild Bells” poem at midnight this New Year’s Eve. Get a group together for a discounted price!
Ongoing in December
Loving Vincent at Kulturhuset Stadsteatern
Fan of Vincent Van Gogh? Head to Kulturhuset by Tuesday 5th December to watch this film for 120 kr. It’s the first fully oil-animated film and is in English.
stockholm christmas village in kungsträdgården
From Friday 1st to Saturday 23rd December, Kungsträdgården is hosting a Christmas party with free entry. Enjoy music, shop at Beyond Retro for an ugly Christmas sweater, and test out your pirouettes on the ice rink!
Fashion in Five Acts at kulturhuset stadsteatern
Graduate students of Borås Textilhögskola showcase their work at this free exhibit.
Gingerbread Houses at arkDes
Admire the architectural integrity of gingerbread houses – and leave hungry for some pepparkakor. Open the entire month of December.
Book a tour (available in English) for this interactive exhibition. A visually impaired guide, as well as your own senses, will lead you through the dark. This exhibit may open your eyes in a completely new way.
Fearless & Fabulous at Fotografiska
Chen Man’s first solo museum exhibit outside of China is coming to Stockholm on the 9th of December until the 4th of March. Chen Man is a highly sought after fashion and portrait photographer whose work defies categorization. This is an exhibit you don’t want to miss.
Don’t forget: all the 2017 Holidays & Flag Days are here.
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