Please note: Many of the events below are in-person. Please make sure to follow the country’s current COVID-19 guidelines (find them here), as they may change between the time this calendar is published and when an event takes place. Always maintain social distance, wash your hands, and wear a mask when possible.
Can you believe that it is already December? 2020 has been a wild year so far and Stockholm is going to finish it out with style. There are outdoor art installations to visit, online shows to enjoy, and plenty of ways to make this holiday season special.
Here’s everything happening in Stockholm this December:
Tuesday 1st – Sunday 20th December
Konstfack’s Christmas Market
We are so glad to let you know that Konstfack’s Christmas Market, filled with work from art students, is still on this year! Due to the pandemic, they have altered the process; you can book a time online ahead of time, or do drop-in queue tickets. Admission is 20 SEK, cash is not accepted. Do some Christmas shopping, while supporting the art students of Konstfack.
Tuesday 1st – Sunday 13th December
Lights on Långängen, Lidingö
Take an evening stroll, and experience the illuminated art of 13 artists. You can keep a safe distance, and have the added benefit of being outside with these art installations.
Tuesday 1st December
Livestream: Shared Loneliness
This concert will be special, as 107 composers have collaborated to express their shared loneliness during this pandemic. Each composer contributed 10 to 15 seconds that are then woven together into one piece. Tune in for free.
Online Opening: Ida Idaida and Fathia Mohidin
Ida Idaida and Fathia Mohidin are the recipients of this year’s Maria Bonnier Dahlin Foundation grant, an award to encourage and support the work of young artists.
Thursday 3rd, Thursday 10th and Thursday 17th December
Sofa Tours with Moderna Museet
Moderna Museet will stream a tour on their Facebook page that you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home. The guides will be able to answer questions you may have about the artwork. Each Thursday will be a tour of a different exhibit. Some of the tours will be in English, others in Swedish.
Thursday 3rd – Sunday 6th December
GuruShots Exhibit at Galleri Kontrast
This exhibit, which will have an opening via Facebook Live on Thursday 3rd December, will showcase black and white photography, as well as photographs on the theme “Our Amazing Planet.” Due to the pandemic, the number of guests permitted in the gallery at one time is ten people.
Thursday 3rd December
Late Night Concert from Cirkus
This edition of the Late Night Concert series will feature Miss Li, Myra Granberg and Newkid. This concert series is arranged by Live Nation and TV4, and can be viewed on TV4 Play and C More. Newkid is featured on the “It’s Hits Scene,” highlighting artists who are making it big on Spotify currently. Newkid is a Swedish-Filipino rapper who released his third studio album this year.
Friday 4th December
Power Walks: Air, Online
Due to the pandemic and government restrictions, this event series will now be online. This walk will be in association with the Local Art Projects initiative, a conference by the Swedish Arts Council. Twelve art installations have been created, including one on Djurgården where this online walk will be hosted. All-day, anyone can tune in on Facebook, Youtube, or their website as several city guides direct tours and talk about sustainable urban development.
Artist Takeover: Studio Visits Online
Artist Kajsa Dahlberg will give an exclusive tour of her art studio when she live streams from Moderna Museet’s Facebook account. You will have an opportunity o ask questions during this event as well. Although Moderna Museet is currently closed due to the pandemic, we are happy to be able to participate in the museum’s digital events.
Saturday 5th – Sunday 13th December
About 15 light installations will decorate some of the most famous squares and facades in Stockholm, drawing inspiration from the work of previous Nobel Laureates. Check out the website for a map of all the installations, and for a peek at what each one looks like. We can’t wait to see the swing installation!
Sunday 6th and Saturday 12th December
Panier’s Picnic Experience on Djurgården
Panier, which is French for basket, will prepare a picnic lunch, made with local in-season ingredients, and packed into a practical backpack. Enjoy a day about town, pick up your lunch in Djurgården, and then return the backpack with everything, including litter. This is a great way to have a meal out without going into a restaurant during COVID. The price is 100 SEK for children, and 250 SEK for adults.
Tuesday 8th December
Nobel Prize Concert Online
Igor Levit, a world-renowned pianist, will perform for this year’s Nobel Prize Concert, which will be available globally for the first time, streamed online. You will be able to view the concert though YouTube, the Nobel Prize website, or a live stream on SVT Play.
United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals Online Panel Discussion with KTH Biblioteket
In this online event, Elisabeth Ekener and Pernilla Hagbert will discuss the pros and cons of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals. The event is free to join.
Wednesday 9th December
The Challenge of Learning Online Event
The Challenge of Learning and The Future of Education is an online event from the Nobel Week Dialogue. The speakers will include eight Nobel Laureates, who will focus on how learning and education can help us to create a better future. Register online for free.
Late Night Concert from Cirkus
The Late Night Concert series features Agnes, winner of Idol; Madi Banja, Swedish R&B/rap artist originally from Gambia; and Swedish singer Sandro Cavazza, who is also a member of the pop group Estraden. Enjoy the concert on TV4 Play or C More.
Thursday 10th December
Light Demonstration Online
In this online event, environmental defenders will be honored by lighting candles. Join, to celebrate those who work to keep our world safe, by sharing photos, and listening to representatives speak about the threats to environmental defenders currently.
Sunday 13th December
Lucia with the Swedish Radio Choir
Celebrate Saint Lucia this year by tuning into the Swedish Radio Choir, led by conductor Folke Alin. The typical Lucia procession will be followed by some Swedish choir classics. The concert will be broadcast for free on Berwaldhallen Play and Swedish Radio P2.
Saturday 19th December
Stockholm Winter Tour at Strömkajen
This boat tour will take you along the city shores, out to Fjäderholmarna. Enjoy the sights of the city from a different perspective, with a guide providing information about what you are seeing. The best views are from the deck, so dress warmly! There are blankets to borrow if you get chilly, as well as soups and Fika items for purchase. The tour is 279 SEK, and is in English and Swedish.
Sunday 20th December
Rosenhill Market at Reimersholme Hotel
Rosenhill out on Ekerö is closed for the season, but on this day you have the chance to purchase vegetables, fresh sourdough bread, honey, apple juice and more at the Reimersholme Hotel.
Sunday 27th December
Night Swim at Selma City Spa
Enjoy a rooftop swim, along with sauna and a charcuterie buffet with Selma City Spa. The cost for the evening is 650 SEK, which includes the towel and slippers you are loaned. Book soon, as these night swim events tend to sell out!
Thursday 31st December
Soul Train New Year Online
This year, Soul Train’s New Year’s Eve event will be hosted online, due to the pandemic. For 100 SEK, you can participate as we say goodbye to 2020, and hope for a more positive 2021. There will be music, interviews, memories shared, and competitions. Everyone is encouraged to stay smart and safe in how they participate in New Year’s Eve.
Ongoing in December
Asian-style Christmas Buffet at East
Book your Christmas dinner today at East, where you can enjoy Thai beef sashimi, spicy ribs, Korean pancakes, and more. There are vegetarian and vegan alternatives. The price for the buffet is 595 SEK during weekday days, and 695 SEK on weekends and evenings. If you have a larger party, East encourages you to still come dine, and they will seat your group with no more than 8 people per table.
Winter Kayaking with Sauna
Being on the water in the summer is refreshing; being on the water in the winter is peaceful, so why not keep up with your kayaking this winter? With this tour, you will spend 3 hours kayaking near Vaxholm. The tour includes kayaking equipment, a dry suit, a Fika, and warm drinks, all for 1,200 SEK per person. If you are interested in a sauna after the tour, it is an additional 200 SEK.
Nordiska Kompaniet’s Christmas Windows
Since 1915, NK has created magical Christmas window displays. We know a lot has had to change in 2020, but this tradition remains the same! Look at the scenes created, with the theme “A Sustainable Winter Saga,” using old bags, newspapers, plastics, and more.
SHIFT | CACTI on Operan Play
The Royal Opera has created Operan Play to keep people engaged with music and dance during the pandemic. Through Operan Play, you can view two of choreographer Alexander Ekman’s creations. SHIFT was born out of the pandemic, as Ekman tried to think of ways for the audience to continue to enjoy ballet. This work has no beginning or end. CACTI, an older work by Ekman, is about how we view art.
The Vasa Museum Online
The Vasa Museum is temporarily closed due to the pandemic. However, the museum has organized some online experiences, including films about the Vasa, an audio guide of the museum’s exhibits, and a timeline, from the inception of the ship until present day. The Vasa ship is one of the best-preserved 17th century ships, even after spending over 3 centuries under the sea.
Seafood Christmas Buffet at Stockholm Fisk
Oysters, lobster, fish, oh my! This Christmas buffet will have all of the seafood you could desire, plus a dessert and cheese selection. You can enjoy the buffet until Christmas Eve, and once more on New Year’s Eve. Prices are 1095 SEK and 1195 SEK, depending on the day you attend. If you are hesitant to eat out at a restaurant, but still want to participate in a Christmas dinner, no worries! As long as you order at least 4 days in advance, you can do a takeaway buffet from Stockholm Fisk for 995 SEK.
The Thinking Hand at Online from the Royal Palace
This year’s annual drawing competition The Thinking Hand will be displayed online due to the pandemic. The competition is for young artists in a variety of medias, including illustration, fashion, and architecture. Ten participants are nominated to have their work displayed in this exhibit. This year, Felix Vasquez Aguilera, Kristin Karlsson, and Tomas Lundgren were the winners of the scholarship, each awarded 100,000 SEK.
Wine at The Spirit Museum
Until recently, many did not believe that Sweden’s cold climate could produce grapes for wine. However, some decided to try it anyway. In this exhibit, you will learn about Swedish wine, those who strove to make this happen, and the wine habits of Swedes over the decades. Entrance to the museum is 120 SEK.
Live Advent Calendar Online from Gamla Stan
Every evening, a window will open, giving way to a 15-minute performance, either a speech or a song that is connected to Christmas and Gamla Stan. This year, the event will be streamed online to avoid crowding.
Winter Places in Stockholm
We think this exhibit of outdoor socializing places is so cute and creative! Fine seven different spots in the city that are designed with furniture, lights, and plants. Stockholm Art will be creating installation at the Odenplan and the Akalla Torg locations.
Digital City Museum of Stockholm
The City Museum of Stockholm hosts the history of Stockholm, from the 1500s when it was a small harbor town, to the present day, as it has become a booming metropolitan paradise. Due to the pandemic, the museum is temporarily closed, but they have added thousands of photographs online. You can see historic photographs from Stockholm, and increase your appreciation of our beautiful city.
Christmas Exhibition at Galleri Sebastian Schildt
Every year, the Galleri Sebastian Schildt hosts a Christmas exhibition, filled with art you can gift to your loved ones while supporting artists. This year is no different, although the gallery is careful to follow the government restrictions, only allowing eight people in at a time. If there is a specific time you would like to go, you can call ahead to book a private visit. The selection includes jewelry, light-bearing objects, sculptures, and more. This exhibit is open until Wednesday 23rd December.
You are now able to explore the art in the metro stations using the SL ArtGuide app, an audio guide that is available in Swedish and English. There will not be guided tours for the time being, due to the pandemic.
Lindy Christmas Calendar Online
Lindy Christmas has decided to create an online Christmas calendar, to spread some joy during this more challenging year as we all try to be mindful of our social interactions. Each day, on their Instagram and Facebook pages, a new door will be opened to reveal music, swing dancing and singing. This year, the calendar will be donation-based, with the recommended price of 300 SEK.
Christmas Signage at Konsthantverkarna
Fashion designer and paper artist Bea Szenfeld has transformed the gallery with her work. Check out her creation, as well as jewelry, glasses, gloves and more at the gallery for purchase.
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