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New Year´s Eve

Welcome the new year with a stunning view over Stockholm as your back drop. Our New Year's celebration dates back to 1894 and is experienced at Solliden and via live broadcast on Swedish television.

Solliden Stage

The Solliden scene was built in 1938, and rebuilt in 2012-13

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Sat 31/12 11:00 PM - 12:15 AM
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New Years through history

At Skansen we have welcomed the new year since 1894. The first reading of Ring Out, Wild Bells the following year was made by Nikolaus Bergendahl, an employee at Skansen. Snow chaos prevented the celebration in 1896, but the year after we celebrated again. Artur Hazelius, Skansens founder, then appointed the 28-year-old theater student Anders de Wahl to read the poem, something he continued to do until his death in 1955.

Ring Out, Wild Bells

"Ring Out, Wild Bells" is a poem by Alfred, Lord Tennyson. Published in 1850, the year he was appointed Poet Laureate. It forms part of In Memoriam, Tennyson's elegy to Arthur Henry Hallam, his sister's fiancé who died at the age of twenty-two.

According to a story widely held in Waltham Abbey, the 'wild bells' in question were the bells of the Abbey Church, and according to local story, Tennyson was staying at High Beach in the vicinity and heard the bells being rung. In some versions of the story it was a particularly stormy night and the bells were being swung by the wind rather than deliberately.

Ring out the false, ring in the true. Ring out the grief that saps the mind, For those that here we see no more, Ring out the feud of rich and poor, Ring in redress to all mankind. Ring out a slowly dying cause, And ancient forms of party strife; Ring in the nobler modes of life, With sweeter manners, purer laws. Ring out the want, the care, the sin, The faithless coldness of the times; Ring out, ring out thy mournful rhymes, But ring the fuller minstrel in.

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