New Year's holiday in Stockholm

New Year's holiday in Stockholm

If you asked me what the smell of New Year is, I would definitely say – the smell of a freshly baked Lussekatt, traditional Swedish saffron bread. The winter holiday atmosphere in Stockholm is building up to its hottest point, so here are some tips on what to do in the Scandinavian capital around the New Year.

Meet winter holiday mood in Gamla Stan 

Let's start with the classics. The best point to catch some inspiration is Stockholm’s Old Town – Gamla stan.  In Stortorget, the oldest public square of the city, you will find the traditional Christmas market – have a classic Swedish Julmust drink or mulled wine, called “glögg” here, buy candies, roasted almonds and souvenirs or try your chance in the special lottery. Visit the Grilska Huset – a traditional bakery working as a social enterprise to help unemployed people to get back on track. If you want to explore the beautiful Old Town more, take a walking tour designed especially for winter holiday fans.


Have a lot of fun in Skansen 

Situated in the middle of Stockholm, Skansen is the first open air museum and zoo in Sweden and just an amazing place to visit – be it New Year's time or any other time of the year!  Founded in 1891 by the Swedish folklorist Artur Hazelius, it is a real time machine. You can meet a seamstress in her small 19th century apartment waiting for her husband, or an old granny in front of the fire telling stories about scary trolls from the forest. Skansen is a real wonderland, and their winter market is truly exceptional – taste a traditional Nordic kolbulle or stock up on unique presents from the choice of Swedish traditional products and goods by local farmers and craftsmen. While you are in this magical place, explore what Swedes put on their Christmas tables back in the day, how they decorated their houses or learn some beautiful old Swedish Christmas melodies. Skansen open air museum is a real paradise for the whole family. It is open 365 days in the year and quite a popular place for Santa Lucia, Christmas and New Year celebrations. 

Have a drink in RIVAL 

Are you a fan of ABBA? Who isn’t? If you're looking to spend a nice evening in Stockholm, you just have to go for a cocktail at the Rival hotel! It is owned by Benny Andersson, the pianist and songwriter of the famous four. Decorated in Art Deco style, the Rival has a very positive atmosphere and nice service. Head there on a weekend for a leisurely brunch, or become a real Dancing Queen at the New Year's Eve celebration! 

Photo taken by @marialarkmanart and @wasima.


Tired of traditional shopping malls and looking for special gifts for your friends of family? SoFo is the place to be for you! Located in the eastern part of Södermalm, the most hipsterish of Stockholm’s neighborhoods, SoFo is a combination of more than 140 different shops in one zone. You'll find local and international designer shops, creative cafes, bookstores, skin care boutiques and many other things. If you're not in the mood for shoping, just take a walk around and enjoy what the great Swedish sense of style. 

Photo taken by @grandpastore.

Take an iceskating tour in Kungliga Trädgården 

After all those walking tours, eating and shopping, finish your Stockholm trip with some traditional ice skating in Kungliga Trädgården. You can rent skates here and go gliding next to the Stockholm castle, enjoying twinkling garlands of light and holiday music on the rink. Does not it sound like a fairy tale? 

Written specially for airBalticBlog by Timurs Tomsons

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