Rehns Antikhandel

Known to collectors around the globe, Rehns is an extraordinary boutique that has been recognized in Wallpaper magazine and the Louis Vuitton City Guide. Their focus is selling Swedish and international art and antiques. At Rehns, you will find an eclectic mélange of antiques in a variety of styles, alongside classic pieces and items from the 20th century.

www.rehnsantikhandel.se

 

New Year’s Eve in Stockholm

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New Years Eve is a magical night no matter where in the world you are and Stockholm is no exception. The city is usually covered with glittering snow and the pitch black winter night sky makes for a perfect backdrop for fireworks. Most Stockholmers spend New Year’s either at a party or at a dinner with friends and family. At the stroke of midnight we pull on thick jackets and pants over our fancy party clothes and head outside to toast in champagne and watch the fireworks.

Many also celebrate in various restaurants and bars around town. On this evening it’s very common that restaurants have special New Year’s menus and packages instead of the usual menu and we recommend making reservations if eating out on the 31st.

 

Here are a few places with special New Year’s celebrations this year:

CLEAN 2015 New Years Party: LGBT New Year’s party. Click to read more.

SLM Stockholm – New Year’s Eve: If you want to celebrate New Year’s eve at SLM (Scandinavian Leather Men) you can do so. This night there is no dresscode requirement so you can come as you are! Click to read more.

Nalen: New Year masquerade ball, dinner and burlesque show. Click to read more.

Skansen: Traditional celebration which is broadcasted on national television. Singing, dancing and fireworks. 23:00-01:00. Click to read more.

Södra Teatern: Yes! New Year’s Party. Click to read more.

 

The official fireworks will be lit from the water next to Skeppsholmen and can be seen from all quays around the harbor and from the hills of Södermalm.

Christmas dinner cruises with Strömma

Climb aboard one of Strömmas vintage boats and enjoy classic Swedish Christmas food and drink while the wintery archipelago passes outside the window.

Strömma has a wide range of Christmas cruises of various lengths and with for example Utö Christmas market as a stop along the way. Read more and search departure times at www.stromma.se/en/Stockholm/Christmas-buffet

Celebrate Lucia – The Queen of Light

When the days are short the Queen of Light, Lucia, brightens up the dark winter with candle light and singing on December 13. The city becomes snuggly. It transforms into a fairy-tale Narnia all embedded in cotton-white snow. Even the smallest café offers a candle light experience to remember.

Alongside Midsummer, the Lucia celebrations represent one of the foremost cultural traditions in Sweden.

Where to celebrate Lucia?
Pink Lucia – Urban Deli
Skansen
Storkyrkan
S:t Jacobs church

Read more about the tradition of celebrating Lucia at http://sweden.se/traditions/lucia/

 

Royal splendour in Stockholm

©Kungliga Operan, Karolina Henke

Why not add a little royal splendour to your Stockholm visit? The best place to start exploring is the place where Stockholm itself began, its beautifully preserved Old Town of Gamla Stan. Here you’ll find Sweden’s magnificent Royal Palace, which has seen its fair share of gaiety through the years. In fact, the very first king to grow up here in the 18th century, Gustav III, enjoyed extremely close bonds with at least two of his handsome male courtiers. Later, in the 1930s, King Gustaf V became enmeshed in a gay blackmail scandal. Today, the grand 600-room palace is ceremonially protected by cute but stoic guards, and partially open for guided tours. Don’t miss Gustav III’s Museum of Antiquities, the arts-loving king’s fascinating sculpture collection. The pieces are arranged just as they were during his reign, including their rather hot male nude centerpiece, Endymion.

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Another place to explore is the Royal Opera. The Royal Opera, has been the Swedish national venue for opera and ballet since January 18, 1773. You can visit the Royal Opera as a member of the audience at one of the performances or take a guided tour. On the tour, you will have the opportunity to look backstage, visit the royal rooms, and peer down into the orchestra pit. Learn about the fascinating history of the Royal Opera and get a glimpse of what backstage life is like today.

Moxy goes Christmas

moxMoxy offers special parties throughout the year, which often pull in thousands of women of all ages and types. Moxy believes that behind every successful party is a collection of good DJs, so make sure to wear your dancing shoes.

 

Moxy goes Christmas
December 6
Le Bon Palais, Barnhusgatan 12
22:00-03:00
Read more: Moxy on Facebook

 

 

 

The first Sunday of Advent

Credits:Helena Wahlman/imagebank.sweden.se

Love love love this time a year! The whole city glitters with Christmas lights!

Today is the first Sunday of Advent and people in Sweden will light the first candle in the Advent candlestick holder. This is always a special event, eagerly awaited. Each Sunday until Christmas, a candle is lit until all four candles are alight. Why do we celebrate advent?

This is also the time when Christmas markets can be found around the city, offering Swedish Christmas candy and food, glögg (mulled wine) and a range of handicrafts and decorative arts. More on Christmas Markets>>

 

Christmas markets in Stockholm

Foto: Jeppe-Wikström

It’s getting closer. Soon we will wrap the scarf an extra turn around the neck and head to the Christmas Market, where handicrafts, homemade candles, mulled wine and caramelized almonds await us. There are many different markets to choose from; the traditional ones and some more modern.

Christmas market at Skansen
Classic Christmas market. Don’t miss the Lucia celebration on December 13.
When: November 29 -December 21.
Open: Saturday-Sunday 10:00-16:00

Christmas market in Gamla Stan
Classic Christmas market in Stockholm’s Old town.
Where: Stortorget.
When: November 22-December 23.
Open: 11:00-18:00

Christmas market at the Royal Mews
Traditional.
Where: The Royal Mews.
When: November 28-30.
Open: Friday: 10:00-19:00, Saturday: 10:00-18:00, Sunday: 10:00-17:00

Christmas market at Drottningholm
Take the ferry from Stockholm City Hall to the royal Christmas market.
When: December 6-7.
Open: 11:00-16:00

Christmas market in Hornstull
Contemporary market
Where: Hornstull Strand
When: November 29 – December 21
Open: Saturday-Sunday 11:00-17:00

Christmas market at the design schools
Creative and nontraditional.
Where: Konstfack – University College of Arts, Crafts & Design
When: November 29-30. Open: 10:00-17:00
Where: Beckmans
When: December 13-14. Open: 10:00-17:00

Don’t miss! Gingerbread house competition
Where: The Swedish Centre for Architecture and Design
When: December 3 – January 7.

2 x hotels in Södermalm

The Södermalm district is often described as young and creative with lots of personality. Here you’ll find two gayfriendly hotels situated in the area.

 

Rival Hotel
Mariatorget, +46 8-545 789 00
www.rival.se
Stockholm’s first-ever boutique property, the very popular Rival was converted into a hotel from a 1930s Art Deco cinema, by none other than ABBA’s Benny Andersson. Guests love it for its creative vibe, its great Södermalm location, and unique perks like in-room ABBA CDs.


Hilton Stockholm Slussen
Guldgränd 8, +46 8 517 353 00
www.hilton.com
This hotel is located in the heart of Stockholm, just between trendy Södermalm and medieval Old Town. If you find yourself in one of the rooms facing north you will be rewarded with a wonderful view of the gateway to Stockholm’s ridiculously beautiful archipelago. In the morning, you must try their famous breakfast and also taste their very own honey, which is produced on the hotels terrace, in the middle of the city, by 100.000 bees. In the evening you can relax in the hotels jacuzzi – after your workout in the gym.