2020 is coming to an end and we are looking forward to welcome a new year, hopefully a more positive one than the year we are leaving behind! This year has tested us in many different ways and we are all longing for life to resume to normality and spending time with friends and family that we have missed. We are not there quite yet and we should all do what we can to prevent the virus from spreading. With that in mind we have listed our best tips that you can do in Stockholm in January 2021 – on your own, with family or a friend.
Take a walk on your own or with someone and visit some of the beautiful Winter Places in the city. The Winter Places are pedestrian streets and squares in Stockholm that have been beautifully decorated with greenery and lights and seating has been put out so that you can enjoy a picnic or a hot drink and socialize with friends or family outside. This year's Winter Places in Stockholm can be found at Akalla Torg, Bredängstorget, Drottninggatan, Malteholmstorget in Hässelby, Nockeby Torg, Odenplan, and Östberga Torg. Available until 31st of January 2021.
Start the new year by treating yourself and someone you care for to a brunch cruise through the beautiful Stockholm archipelago. Onboard classic archipelago ship M/S Östanå I you will enjoy a luxurious brunch served as sharings directly to your table. The dishes are presented with great finesse and made using local and seasonal produce – you will not be disappointed! The cherry on top is the stunning views over the wintery archipelago. This popular brunch cruise can be booked Saturdays and Sundays all year around.
Stay in the Christmas spirit and enjoy a walk-through Stockholm and watch the beautiful Christmas lights. Over 40 of the city’s streets have been lit up by thousands of lights. They are decorated with traditional Swedish ornaments with a modern touch – you can see moose, pinecones, deer, firtrees, reindeer, angels and a giant mistletoe. Great activity for the entire family! Many hotels and tourist offices have maps that show which streets and places are decorated. You can also download a digital map. Some of the places where the decorations will be kept up until 13th of January 2021 is Biblioteksgatan, Brunkebergstorg, Kungsgatan, Nybroplan and Sergels torg. A complete list can be found on the website stockholmsjul.se.
The Royal Castles are currently closed due to the current pandemic, but some of the exhibitions have been made digital so that you can still enjoy them.
Textile artist Märta Måss-Fjetterström
The carpet exhibition by textile artist Märta Måås-Fjetterströms has been incredibly popular and is also available to enjoy digitally. You can take a virtual tour through the exhibition and zoom in on the work to read more about them. You can also see the magnificent Royal Hall in 360° view.
The Lilian Look in 360°
Do you want to see clothes fit for a princess? Then the virtual exhibition ”The Lilian Look” from 2015 perfect for you. Here you can see several outfits worn by Princess Lilian at different representations and family gatherings. You can rotate the view, zoom and enlarge all pieces to get a closer look at the detailing and click on all signs to read more about them.
Have you ever experienced the archipelago during the winter? A cold and crispy winter’s day makes for an almost magical experience when you cruise through the archipelago. If you book the Archipelago Tour with Guide you do not only get to enjoy the scenic views, but you’ll also get to learn interesting facts, history and stories told by the boat’s own guide. The cruise is with classic archipelago ship M/S Östanå I and the tour is guided in both Swedish and English. There is also a cafeteria onboard serving snacks and drinks.
Sightseeing tour Under the bridges of Stockholm is the perfect way of experiencing Stockholm in a new way. Seeing the city from the water offers a unique perspective and you will discover buildings and views that you have probably never seen before. The tour takes you under twelve different bridges and you will also get to experience going through the locks between Saltsjön and Lake Mälaren. The guiding is available in 11 different languages and there is drinks, fika and snacks available to purchase onboard.