Are you planning to stay in Stockholm during the Christmas market? We have created the latest guide for Stockholm to help you find a restaurant, an activity, a guided tour and best hotel close to the Stockholm Christmas Market for the Winter of 2023!
Stockholm Christmas Market is a Christmas market held every year in Stockholm, Sweden.
This year the market runs from 21st November 2023 to 23rd December 2023. The Christmas Market is located on the Gamla Stan Square.
How is the weather in Stockholm in December?
The average temperature in Stockholm in December is about 2° / -1° (low) and heavy snow is possible as well. A warm, waterproof coat or jacket and a hat for windy days is a must during the winter in Stockholm and Sweden if you plan to visit during the Christmas period!
Best Restaurants in Stockholm for the perfect Christmas Dinner
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3. Lilla Ego
Best Day Tours in Stockholm in Winter
Stockholm, the capital of Sweden, encompasses 14 islands and more than 50 bridges on an extensive Baltic Sea archipelago. The cobblestone streets and ochre-colored buildings of Gamla Stan (the old town) are home to the 13th-century Storkyrkan Cathedral, the Kungliga Slottet Royal Palace and the Nobel Museum, which focuses on the Nobel Prize. Ferries and sightseeing boats shuttle passengers between the islands.
Clarion Hotel Amaranten is located on Kungsholmen, next to Rådhuset Metro Station and 7 minutes’ walk from Stockholm City Hall and Central Station. Guests have free gym access. Free WiFi is available.
A flat-screen TV and desk and are standard at Clarion Amaranten. Wooden floors and modern furnishings are found in all rooms. Featuring a shower, the private bathroom also comes with a hairdryer.
I had a nice long soak in this bathroom, after taking some CBD capsules to take the edge off a busy day, from CBDoilireland.ie
Kitchen & Table is a restaurant concept by renowned Swedish chef Marcus Samuelsson. It combines the best of local, Scandinavian ingredients with Manhattan’s unique mix of international flavours.
Set a 3-minute walk from a metro station, this modern hotel in a concrete building is also an 11-minute walk from Stockholm City Hall and 3 km from the Swedish History Museum.
The warm rooms come with free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs. Upgraded rooms also feature city views, pull-out sofas, and tea and coffee making facilities. Family rooms add baby equipment, and suites feature whirlpool tubs, balconies and separate living rooms; 1 has a 20 sq m private terrace.
There’s a free breakfast buffet. Other amenities include a trendy bar and a stylish restaurant, plus a gym and conference center.
Clarion Hotel Amaranten is located on Kungsholmen in central Stockholm. With only 700 meters from Stockholm’s city center and 10 minutes walk to Central Station, the hotel is easily accessible and close to most attractions in Stockholm.Kungsholmen has a great variety of restaurants and has a charming nightlife, ranging from casual outdoor cafes to nightclubs. Near the hotel is also the City Hall and Town Hall, two of Stockholm’s most famous silhouettes. At the hotel, we offer a gym and sauna.
The hotel restaurant Kitchen & Table serves a combination of the best flavors of multicultural Manhattan with local ingredients from the region around one of Stockholm’s most beautiful islands – Kungsholmen.
The room was small but comfortable and provided enough space for the two of us.
The staff were super friendly and helped us with directions to the Christmasmarket. We had a lovely buffet breakfast each day but unfortunately didn’t get to visit the restaurant for dinner.
As we were visiting Stockholm primarily for the Christmasmarkets, the hotel struck a good balance between city centre location and price. Travelling as a family, with a child and grandparents in tow, we wanted a base which ensured the old town and shopping district were both within reasonable strolling distance.
The Clarion ticked this box, a pleasant stroll to the old town being 20-25 minutes. Busses and trams are also on hand should feet get a little weary!
Whilst Stockholm is undoubtedly a beautiful waterfront city with a charming medieval old town, we found the Christmasmarkets a bit disappointing. This was a real shame given they were the main reason for our visit and we’d previously enjoyed fantastic Christmasmarkets in Vienna, Prague…and Bath!
The largest of the city markets is located within Skansen Island open air folk musuem and zoo. You must pay entry to the museum and zoo to access the Christmasmarket. We didn’t mind this as we were keen to experience the historic Swedish way of life and view native animals – though we found many enclosures to be empty (animals hibernating?!). Unlike Vienna, where much effort goes in to adorning trees with Christmas lights and giant baubles, the trees about the Skansen market were bare. The huts sold traditional gifts and foods but there was very little in the way of Christmassy goods. When we asked if there was a Santa’s grotto, we were politely advised “we don’t really do Father Christmas“. This explained the almost non existence of Santa and Santa related gifts but instead lots of bearded Trolls dressed in red. A cultural learning I guess! The live traditional folk band helped lift spirits a little with kids joining in the dancing but overall we felt like we were at a Swedish craft fair than a Christmasmarket.
The old town Christmasmarket had a little more in the way of a festive atmosphere with a few more huts selling Christmas related goods, however, it was far smaller than we had expected. Within 20 minutes we’d covered off all the huts. The local medieval side streets were bustling with some interesting shops and restaurants but like Skansen, very little in the way of Christmas lighting and decorations.
The smallest of the Christmasmarkets we visited was near to the shopping district, which incidentally, is the only spot where we really encountered festive lighting. The focal point of this market was the outdoor ice rink which looked good fun.
The weather whilst we were in Stockholm was pretty bleak. As we were aware, daylight hours are at their fewest, it’s just above freezing and rainfall is above average this time of year.
Would we go back to Stockholm? Yes, but not for the Christmasmarkets and at a time when the weather is a little more cheerful. The Clarion Amaranten would definitely be on our short list of hotels to stay at too.
ocated in a narrow 17th-century building in Stockholm’s Old Town, Collector’s Lord Nelson Hotel offers maritime-style rooms with cable TV and free Wi-Fi access. The hotel has a 24 hour reception.
All rooms at Lord Nelson Hotel include a tiled bathroom with a shower and hairdryer. Each room has either Hästens or Dux beds and a work desk.
A continental breakfast is served every morning in the dining room. Guests can enjoy a glass of wine on the rooftop terrace, which provides wonderful views of the Old Town. Guests can also sit down an relax with a book in the hotel’s library.
Set downtown opposite Halifax Public Gardens, this landmark, redbrick hotel dating from 1928 is a 4-minute walk from the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site and 1.6 km from Halifax Ferry Terminal.
The refined, traditional rooms and suites all include flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi and coffeemakers. Upgraded rooms add iPod docks and free continental breakfast, and suites provide sitting areas and kitchenettes. Room service is available
There’s a classic restaurant serving traditional English pub fare, as well as a fitness room and a business centre. Valet parking is also available (surcharge).
Originally built in October 1928, the Lord Nelson Hotel is a legendary landmark in downtown Halifax located at the corner of Spring Garden Road and South Park Street across from the beautiful Public Gardens.
A wonderful spot for a little get-away. Decorated nicely for the holidays, you couldn’t help but feel the Christmas spirit. Grand piano was playing in the lobby both days. Package booked was great…free parking, breakfast buffet daily and even a shopping certificate that was good for almost every store on Spring Garden Road (of course, this wasn’t hard to spend!).
Loved that we could park and walk everywhere. And the ‘Aveda’ products in the guest bathroom were so nice.
This hotel was a nice surprise , as was Halifax , staff are charming and helpful rooms are modern and clean. The Bar and restaurant are very nice.
Hotel is situated close to many shops you can walk from hotel in shopping mall without venturing out in cold windy weather. Excellent for transport taxis or buses.
Great hotel. Fantastic staff. Old world charm.
Spectacular during Christmas season for decorations. Close to everything you might want to so. Rooms are old style with modern touches. Meals are great and staff are interactive.
. It was mid November, just after Remembrance Day, and the Christmas decorations were just going up.
I love the atmosphere and charm of The Lord Nelson, the location, and the service. It is an older hotel, so the rooms are small, the elevator is small, and there are stairs everywhere. This wasn’t an issue for me, but it is definitely something to be aware of.
Prices start 103$/night for Small Double Room. The Double Room is 120$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for couples.
This room features a maritime theme and is decorated with the owners antique collection. It includes a king size bed of 180 cm, desk, cable TV and a private bathroom with shower. A view of the cosy alleys in the Old Town is offered.
astle House Inn is located right in the heart of Stockholm’s Old Town, only a 3 minutes’ walk to the Royal Palace. Free WiFi access is available. The closest metro station is a 6-minute walk away from the hotel.
Rooms are individually decorated. Some rooms have private bathrooms and others have shared facilities. Bed linen and towels are included in your stay.
The hotel is 250 m from the picturesque Stortorget Square of the Old Town and the Nobel Museum. You can take a stroll down the cobbled streets and visit the boutiques and cafes.
Many popular restaurants and bars located nearby draw in crowds for lively evenings and nightlife.
In an enduring building on a cobblestone side street, this basic hotel is a 6-minute walk from the nearest ferry station, a 7-minute walk from Stockholm Palace and a kilometer from Stockholm Central Station.
The simple mixed-gender dorms come with bunk beds, linens and towels, as well free Wi-Fi and shared bathrooms. Private rooms add flat-screen TVs; some include en suite facilities.
Breakfast is available for a fee.
Perfect smooth and even early check-in. Room for three (individual beds, individual lights, generous number of electrical outlets) spotless and with a view to old cobblestone street.
Shared bathrooms are actually not really to share: Great concept that you have a shower, toilet and sink in one cubicle, though not in your room. But spacious and clean.
Great location in the oldest part of town – which of course is also where tourists roam.
. The bathroom door locks automatically and you need your key to enter. Each shower stall has a lock and a private sink. The harbor walk is just a half a block away and the entrance to the oldtown is a half a block in the opposite direction. The hostel is in a small alley and was very quiet. This is not a place to party – it is a place to rest and plan your outings. There are plenty of places to eat and drink in the oldtown or around the harbor.
It is a short walk from the central train station and it is a good idea to take the perimeter road to avoid the cobblestones if you have a roller bag.
We had a large room with a large bed (for my brother) and a single bed for me. The beds are comfortable and the linens are new, crisp and clean. There is a hairdryer and a desk in each room and you can get clean towels whenever you want them. The front desk also has coffee, soda and fruit. The receptionist was very polite and helpful. I think this place is owned and managed by Chinese.
Getting around town is also easy – bus #78 goes right up to the harbor and then you can take tram #10 to get out to the train station or the museums and King’s park. You can buy tickets ahead of time at the kiosks and also at the tourist office in the train station or at any of the local train (metro) stops.
Some mornings we had a breakfast picnic in the room and other days we went down to Brod & Salt on the harbor. They open early and stay open until 8pm with good wifi, coffee (and a free refill), fried eggs, breakfast sandwiches, cinnamon buns and cardamom buns, cookies, lunch sandwiches, pizza, fruit juice and yoghurt. It became our favorite hang-out spot.
If you are looking for a quiet, safe, clean hostel you can’t go wrong at the Castle House Inn.