Festivities and exciting events are plentiful this month in Stockholm. Whether you are shopping for gifts, listening to live music, or contributing to charity, there’s a way for you to enjoy the season. And with all this glee just strewn about, we barely miss the sun (just kidding, come back sun!)! Bundle up and continue to explore this lovely city as it is blanketed in glistening snow.
Here are the best events happening in Stockholm this December:
Saturday 1st December
Sustainable Wreath Workshop
Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, this is a lovely way to bring some greenery into your life. Leaf & Stem is holding a wreath-making workshop at ETC Bokcafe in Södermalm. You’ll make your wreath while sipping coffee and snacking on vegan treats. Perfect Saturday afternoon!
Glossybox Pop Up Shop at The Lobby
Whether you’re in need of some new beauty products yourself or know someone who would like a treat, we have found the perfect pop up shop for you! You’ll be able to purchase the Limited Edition Christmas Box with nine products, and choose an additional fie products to include in the box, for 339 SEK. This is a first come, first served event, so get there early!
Stockholm by Camera at Downtown Camper by Scandic
Meet at Scandic Downtown Camper and then set out for an hour to capture photos based on a surprise theme! You can explore on your own or stick with a mentor. Afterward, you’ll have the opportunity to print your photos. Don’t have a camera? No problem! They have five cameras available to use, just email in advance to reserve one.
Tipsy Tea at At Six
Bring the party to the tea party! For 395 SEK per person, At Six offers a gin-infused pot of tea along with some tasty goodies. This brings a whole new level of relaxation to tea drinking. This delicious event will also take place on the 8th and 15th of the month.
Saturday 1st – Sunday 2nd December
Konstfacks Christmas Market
This is one Christmas market you do not want to miss. The items are made by students of Konstfacks, the University of Arts, Crafts and Design. Admission is 10 SEK. This is a popular market every year, so arrive early to avoid the queue!
Långholmen’s Christmas Market
In addition to the Christmas Market itself, there will be other free activities, such as a tour of Långholmen’s setting (book in advance), and a visit to the Prison Museum.
Vikings, the True Story at Vikingsliv
This exhibit and guided tour coincides with the premiere of season 5B of HBO Nordic series Vikings. Learn about the real people behind some of the characters. Tours are provided in both English and Swedish; for adults, they are 159 SEK. The tours will also be held on the 15th, 16th, and 28th of the month.
Sunday 2nd December
Christmas Concert at Franska Reformerta Kyrkan
Start December by enjoying a concert of Christmas carols and songs. Tickets are 160 SEK, 100 SEK for students and children ages 12-17, 10 SEK for children 11 years and younger.
Pink Programming at Foo Café
This Sunday, women have the opportunity to code together. No experience with computer coding? They’ll help you get started! All you need to do for this event is bring your laptop and register before the event. Everything is free of charge, including lunch, coffee, and snacks.
Monday 3rd December
Jacob Banks at Berns
Jacob Banks is on tour with his first full-length album, Village. We are in awe of his unique and enchanting voice. Tickets to this show are 390 SEK.
Thursday 6th December
Mountains on Stage at Biograf Skandia
This film event brings the mountains to the city. Four films will be shown, relating to skiing, mountaineering, climbing and paragliding. Tickets to the film festival are 190 SEK.
Saturday 8th – Sunday 9th December
Christmas Market at Drottningholm
Wander the castle grounds and find gifts at this Christmas market. There will also be performances at the theater during these two days. This event is great for families.
Dog Show at Stockholmsmässan
It’s too late to enter to show your dog, but it’s not too late to see these doggos shine! Learn about different breeds, watch competitions, and shop for all the beloved dogs in your life. Prices vary as it is possible to buy a ticket for one day, or for the weekend.
Sunday 9th December
Stockholm Santa Run/Walk
The Santa Run is a charity event, the proceeds of which will go to Operation Smile, Aktivisfonden, and the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation. It is a three kilometer run (or walk, jog, whatever you like!) and it’s all in good fun. Last year, there were over 1400 Santas. Prices vary depending on age and how far in advance you purchase your ticket.
Monday 10th December
Ms. Lauryn Hill at Hovet
The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill turns 20 this year (yes, you ARE old. So are we). In celebration, Lauryn Hill is going on a world tour, with a stop in Stockholm! Tickets range from 710 to 810 SEK.
Tuesday 11th – Thursday 13th December
Lucia at Stockholm Cathedral
Bring light into the northern winter darkness with the Lucia tradition, as performed by Adolf Fredrik’s classes from Stockholm Music Academy. Tickets range from 80 to 270 SEK.
Saturday 15th December
Tove Styrke at Berns
One of Sweden’s most acclaimed singers is coming home for a few shows in the Nordic region. Tove Styrke first gained popularity when she was a contestant on Swedish Idol, finishing third place. Tickets to the concert are 355 SEK.
Wednesday 19th December
Christmas Queens at Göte Lejon
The winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race, Bob The Drag Queen, is hosting this holiday show, and you know it’s going to be outrageously good! Tickets range from 560 to 1460 SEK.
Monday 24th December
Christmas Eve at Skansen
Visit Skansen for a discounted price on Monday. Tickets for adults are 80 SEK. You’ll have an opportunity to buy gifts, watch various animal feedings, and go for a pony ride.
Wednesday 26th – Thursday 27th December
Nightmare Before Christmas and Quiz at Bio & Bistro Capitol Stockholm
The king of Halloween Town, Jack Skellington, discovers Christmas Town. He plans to take control of Christmas, but his plans go awry. This is a Christmas classic! Come and enjoy the film (in English) with others this year. They’re also holding the film and quiz on the 16th of December.
Monday 31st December
Let Them Eat Cake at Nalen
Fräulein Frauke and John-Paul Bichard and Nalen pair up for an evening of burlesque, circus drag, and cabaret musicians for this New Year’s Eve. In addition to all the fun, you can purchase dinner as well! Dress up, and you may win the Best Dressed Competition. Tickets to the masquerade ball are 400 SEK; the dinner package (includes meal, drinks, wardrobe, and the ball) are 1630 SEK.
Rooftop New Year’s Eve Party at Clarion Hotel Sign
If there’s ever a time to brave the cold weather for a good view, it’s to welcome in the New Year! Enjoy dinner at the restaurant Kitchen & Table, then head up to the 12th floor for a spectacular view of the city. Tickets to the dinner are 695 SEK, and 250 SEK to the rooftop bar. Tickets are limited.
Ongoing in December
Witnesses at Kulturhuset Stadsteatern
Mikael Jansson has photographed survivors of the Holocaust, who are now living in Sweden, in stunning black and white format. Entrance is free, and their stories are incredibly important. This exhibit is only open until Sunday 16th December.
Inflated Fiction at Fotografiska
Arvida Byström, an Instagram star from Sweden, is taking over Fotografiska’s Black Box and making it pink. Through this exhibit, Byström explores femininity, gender norms, and identity. Tickets to Fotografiska are 155 SEK.
Christmas Market in Gamla Stan
Visit the old quarter of Stockholm, grab a warm cup of glögg, and browse the stalls! This Christmas market is open every day until 23rd December.
Traditional Christmas Buffet at Artipelag
You’ll find both classic and modern dishes at this Christmas buffet. You can add the treat of a performance! The scrumptious feast is available until the 21st December, and costs 695 or 795 SEK, depending on the time.
Gingerbread House 2018 at ArkDes
This event is always so fun, and it’s free! Check out the gingerbread houses constructed by all age groups and skill levels. This year’s theme is luxury. We can’t wait to see the designs! Pair a trip to this exhibit with a trip to Moderna Museet, in the same building (and also free!).
Christmas Market on the Marzipan Boat
If you have a sweet tooth, this is the place for you. The boat is filled with the most delectable treats, toffees, chocolates, marzipan, jams, and more!
A Christmas Carol at Folkoperan
Three ghosts, a lesson learned, and a classic tale: whether it’s your first time or a tradition, come enjoy A Christmas Carol performed in English! Tickets range from 395 to 645 SEK.
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