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Stockholm Gamla Stan Christmas Market Review
“Stockholm in the winter? Are you insane?”
This was the standard reaction I received when I announced the addition of Stockholm to my Christmas market itinerary.
Ok, I sort of understood the reaction. While the allure of the midnight sun draws visitors to Sweden in the summer, I hadn’t heard many visitors mention the limited daylight and the mid-afternoon moon as a reason to visit Sweden in the winter. But I wasn’t going to let something as silly as sunshine stop me from seeing what I’d heard would be a Scandinavian wonderland and a visit to the famous Stockholm Gamla Stan Christmas Market. (Also check out our post on my second favorite Swedish Christmas market in the city center at Kungstradgården.
Stockholm, 2:00 p.m.
After an early afternoon arrival in Stockholm, my travel mate Linds and I dropped our bags off at the hotel and sprinted out the door, determined to beat the clock and reach the Gamla Stan Christmas market before dark.
We hadn’t really researched when nightfall would hit and estimated between 4 and 5 pm. We were wrong.
My Review of Stockholm’s Gamla Stan Christmas Market
My first impression of the Gamla Stan Christmas market– had I stepped into some kind of fantastic fairytale? Not the kind with scary witches and burning stoves, but the kind with dancing woodland creatures and wish-granting fairies. Yes, it was really that magical.
After that it was time for some Glögg, the Swedish version of mulled wine.
The only hot food option was a lone hot dog vendor. We were in the mood for something heartier so we decided to grab dinner in town instead.
Post-Christmas Market, we Headed Back out to the Streets of Gamla Stan.
The cold and dark doesn’t stop the Swedes from going about business as usual.
I could have wandered these ancient cobblestone lanes forever, but the frigid nordic air had started to catch up with us. Lesson learned– the next day I wore two pairs of my “thermal” socks.
We stopped to admire the Christmas trees for sale before hopping onto Stockholm’s easy-to-navigate metro. Loaded with bags full of Swedish Christmas market goodies, we set off to find a warm dinner.
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What to Get: Gorgeous Swedish glass, ceramic and felted wool ornaments, reindeer jerky and woolens
Where to Get it: Stockhom’s Gamla Stan Christmas Market. In Stortorget, the main square in Gamla Stan, Stockholm, Sweden
What to know: Hours: Daily, 11 am to 6 pm every day between November 23rd and December 23rd
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