The last month of the year is approaching, and so is Christmas - do you feel the Christmas spirit? We have listed things to do in Stockholm on your own, with family or with friends. Our tips will help you get into the Christmas mood and boost you who are already in the true Christmas spirit. Many of the tips on the list are Christmas-inspired - enjoy a light festival, go to a Christmas concert, go on winter sightseeing by boat, see the creative Christmas display or eat Christmas lunch on a boat in the archipelago. What suits you? At the end of this post you’ll find a map with all our tips!
Take the opportunity to stroll along the streets of Stockholm and experience the light festival Nobel Week Lights during the Nobel Week. All installations that light up Stockholm in the December darkness are inspired by Nobel Prize-winning efforts and people. Here are some examples - at the City Museum's facade you can see thousands of floating question marks, Västerbron is illuminated with green light to honour Marie Curie's studies on radioactivity and at the Riksdag there is an installation called "Making women visible" which symbolizes the important role women have played in advances made in politics, economics, literature and more. More installations are found at the City Hall, Stadsgården Cruise Ship Terminal, Dramaten, Soltorget and the Brunkeberg Tunnel, among others.
When: 4 to 12 December - see current program on the Nobel Week Light website.
Go to a Christmas concert to get into the holiday spirit. After all, Christmas is a holiday strongly connected to music. At Berwaldhallen you can enjoy traditional and atmospheric Christmas music from both the classical and popular culture repertoire. The Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra together with the Radio Choir and conductor Olof Boman offers magical evenings filled to the brim with music.
When: 15th, 16th, and 17th December - book your tickets on the Berwaldhallen website.
The archipelago in the winter is something very special. To be able to watch the ship quietly break through the ice on a cold winter day is a fantastic experience. With M/S Angantyr you can go on the Stockholm Winter Tour which is a sightseeing tour that takes you along the Stockholm docks and further out into the archipelago to round Fjäderholmarna. On board, the ship's guide tells interesting stories about the places that are passed by. You can also enjoy a simple lunch of a warming soup or coffee and snacks from the boat's cafeteria. Choose between sitting inside or out on deck where there are reindeer skins to sit on and soft blankets to wrap yourself in.
When: 20 December to 27 March - pre-order ticket to Stockholm Winter Tour to guarantee your spot.
A must every year is to walk past NK's store front and enjoy the beautiful display. It's just as exciting every year for all ages to be captivated by their fantastic fantasy world filled with magical Christmas stories. The Christmas world is playful and imaginative with lights and music. It's easy to get stuck for a long time admiring all the little details - a joyful moment that creates a Christmas atmosphere for the whole family. Take the opportunity to buy your Christmas presents inside the department store or at the mall “Gallerian” across the street!
When: From 21 November
Bring your family, friends or colleagues and enjoy a Christmas lunch on board a ship. The atmosphere at a Christmas buffet during lunchtime is often calmer and quieter than the evening cruises. Christmas cruises on board an archipelago boat is extra beautiful because you get the chance to experience the archipelago in daylight. The Christmas spirit is at its best when you get to see the ship dock at dusk. Enjoy a traditional Christmas smorgasbord with classic and modern Christmas food served in elegant salons on board M/S Waxholm III, S/S Stockholm or M/S Gustafsberg VII.
When: 27 November to 23 December - pre-order ticket to a Christmas Lunch Cruise to guarantee your spot.
Photo: Clément Morin