New Year’s 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.
Will you celebrate New Year’s Eve in Stockholm? These are the locations where you want to be standing at midnight to see the city erupt with fireworks.
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Our Swedish traditions are intimately connected to the seasons and the light. Swedish Midsummer is celebrated in the summer, when sunlight never really fades. And now, when sunlight is scarce, Lucia and her maidens of light conquer the winter darkness with candles and carols.
We celebrate Lucia today, on December 13. Lucia and her maidens come before dawn, shedding light on the darkness, and Lucia wears white and a crown of candles on her head. She and her maidens sing traditional Lucia songs and serve a breakfast of glögg (sweet, mulled red wine), saffron-flavored buns and gingerbread cookies. Visitors can take part in the Lucia tradition, and the main celebration is the coronation of Sweden’s Lucia at Skansen. Lucia concerts are held in churches throughout Stockholm.
If you want to get the goosebumps we recommend the Lucia concert at Friends Arena. The concert will consist of more than 1400 singing children and youths, accompanied by a live orchestra. Please note that the concert will take place on Saturday December 15.
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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.
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.
Skansen, the open-air museum on Djurgården, holds a big, traditional market and Stockholm’s oldest neighborhood, Gamla Stan (the Old Town), is full of shops and restaurants with cheerful, festive atmospheres.
Gamla Stan also hosts a famous Christmas market at Stortorget square. This Christmas market has been a tradition since the early 1900′s and is held every weekend in December leading up to Christmas.
Around All Saints’ Day, thousands of people visit the Woodland Cemetery (Skogskyrkogården) in Stockholm. The national holiday is celebrated with candles. Lots and lots of candles. Do not miss a visit to The Woodland Cemetery if you’re in Stockholm around November 3rd.
When The Woodland Cemetery, Skogskyrkogården, was founded at the beginning of the 1900s, the aim was to create something special, something original – a cemetery blending nature and architecture into a seamless whole.
Today, The Woodland Cemetery (Skogskyrkogården) is considered one of the most important creations of modern architecture, and is even inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.
The Jazz Brunch is a true Stockholm Classic, with an immensely popular mix of live jazz music, great food and a wonderful location.
The buffet is filled with traditional brunch courses, cooked with care. The live music varies from weekend to weekend. Saturdays sees Daniel Bingert with friends on stage. On Sundays Robert Mehmet Ikiz and his record label jazz.se provide us with world class live jazz.
Price: 235 kr, including beverage, coffee or tea
Time: Sat & Sun 11 am – 4 pm
Perhaps the most characteristically Swedish tradition of all is the Midsummer celebration, celebrated on June 24, the longest day of the year when the sky never goes dark.
Most Stockholmers leave for the archipelago or the countryside during the weekend, but those who stay behind have options too.
Skansen, the world’s oldest open-air museum, holds a grand Midsummers celebration with dancing and games to Swedish folk music around the maypole, decorated with flowers and leaves. Many participants wear traditional folk costumes and wreaths of flowers in their hair. Midsummer is celebrated outdoors in similar fashion at locations throughout Sweden. A traditional midsummer meal includes herring, fresh potatoes, beer and snaps. As this is a major national holiday many places in Stockholm are closed on Midsummer Eve and -Day (June 24-25).
Celebrate midsummer with Miss Inga at Bistro Berns in central Stockholm!
The festivities starts at 11AM, with the decoration of the maypole. Your hostess, guiding you through the festivities, is the artist Miss Inga. At Bistro Berns you can enjoy the midsummer menu from noon on. Don’t miss to book your table by calling +468-566 325 15
The outdoor party goes on until 10PM and continues at Berns Terrace and nightclub with dancing and dj sets all night.
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