Christmas at Skansen is a whole month of events and celebrations - from the opening up of the first Christmas market until the fireworks at New Year´s Eve.
There has been a traditional Christmas market at Skansen every Christmas since 1903. The market is crowded with stalls selling traditional sausages, cheeses, handicrafts, spices and essences, Christmas decorations, embroidery, leather goods, Skansen's own handmade mustard, glass, bread and cakes, hand-knitted mittens, sugared almonds, tallows, honey, marzipan, crisp bread, smoked turkey, jams and marmalades, candy, children's books and masses of other irresistible items! There will be craft demonstrations and live music in the buildings where the tables also are set for Christmas dinner. Young and old can participate in the dancing games around the Christmas tree and make their own Christmas decorations.
Christmas in the houses and farmsteads
In several of the Skansen houses and farmsteads, christmas and coffee tables stand waiting and christmas trees have been decorated, illustrating the Yuletide customs of days gone by. Several of the traditional courses on the christmas table are still a part of present-day celebrations.
Dance around the Christmas tree
For the children, too, there are all sorts of things to do. Join the ring-dance round the Christmas tree and learn more about Swedish games and songs and dances.
Midwinter solstice celebration
Fire and ice is the theme for the vinter solstice festival that takes place on the last weekend before Christmas. There will be ice sculptors and fire artists working on the Solliden square, an ice bar, charcoal grills fuming, sami dance performance and music composed for the occasion.