Why visit Skansen at christmas 

Why visit Skansen at christmas 

Sometimes the real joy of Christmas can get lost in the commercial trappings that we have all become accustomed to. But sometimes I like to find simpler Christmas traditions and celebrations. So last year we took a pre Christmas break in Stockholm in the search of the true meaning and tradition of Chrismas. We sure found it at Skansen! 

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What and where is Skansen?


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Skansen is the world’s oldest living history museum. Located on he island Djurgården in Stockholm, Skansen is an open air museum exploring Scandinavian heritage. Inside the grounds you will find replica buildings and town and even a Nordic zoo which children will love. It is so nice to visit a zoo with animals from the local environment. I am not usually a big fan of zoos but I loved the fact that all of the animals here were indigenous to the area.

What is Christmas at Skansen like?


Christmas at Skansen is all about great Christmas traditions and usually runs for the whole month of December. When we went there was a thin layer of snow of the ground which helped add to the atmosphere. Around the grounds are small bonfires to warm yourself by but perhaps my favourite thing at Skansen was the traditional carol service in the church.

Skansen Christmas Market

I couldn’t believe when I read that Skansen has had a Christmas market annually since 1903. The stalls sell food but also traditional gifts. It is a great place to do some Christmas present shopping.

Is Christmas at Skansen family friendly?


When we were at Skansen our little one was still a baby, but we saw loads of family friendly activities. From craft workshops to carolling and storytelling. It is perfect for the whole family!

For more information please check out the Skansen website

Where is your favorite place to have a family friendly traditional Christmas experience 



  1. November 2, 2017 / 7:55 am

    This is brilliant! We will be in Stockholm for Christmas this year and had planned on going to Skansen!

  2. November 2, 2017 / 1:48 pm

    Wow this really does look like a wonderful Winterland and it seems a lovely place to visit with the family.

  3. November 2, 2017 / 6:49 pm

    This looks great – I was in Gothenburg recently and they also had a zoo with local animals in just free to enter in the middle of a park. I think Sweden is such a lovely place to go but especially round Christmas!


  4. November 2, 2017 / 7:01 pm

    I’ve never heard or Skansen. It looks and sounds lovely and a fabulous break from the craziness of Christmas in the UK.

  5. November 2, 2017 / 7:24 pm

    Wow, sounds like the perfect time away! I’ve never been away at Christmas but might have to consider this one year

  6. November 3, 2017 / 9:40 am

    Skansen looks amazing! I’d love to visit. Thanks for sharing, I’d never heard of it before – but it’s on my list now!

  7. November 3, 2017 / 12:54 pm

    Oh this looks wonderful. We were there in Summer and absolutely loved it #CulturedKids

  8. November 3, 2017 / 2:18 pm

    This looks lovely. We have Scandinavia at Christmas on our list of places to visit in the next five years. I hadn’t even thought of looking further south in the region. Great post!

  9. November 3, 2017 / 4:18 pm

    This sounds like a perfect idea of a Christmas trip. How nice that there was a bit of snow.

  10. November 3, 2017 / 5:20 pm

    Ohh, yes! I can see how this is an ideal place to visit during the season. The buildings look very cozy and the snow adds a wow factor. We do not have a lot of snow in Southern California, so, it will be nice to experience something different.

  11. November 3, 2017 / 5:54 pm

    What an exciting adventure. I cannot wait for Xmas as we will be in Lapland 🙂

  12. November 3, 2017 / 6:55 pm

    I love living museums, this sounds like a great learning opportunity.

  13. November 3, 2017 / 9:05 pm

    What a lovely thing to do at Christmas time! It sounds as though you made some special memories here. Thanks for linking up with #CulturedKids x

  14. November 4, 2017 / 10:16 pm

    Sounds lovely, and a perfect place to have the true meaning of Christmas, made even more special with a sprinkling of snow, which for me is the ultimate Christmas treat! #CulturedKids

  15. November 5, 2017 / 5:21 am

    Looks like a wonderful holiday plan. I’d love to have a simple, family Christmas full of tradition.

  16. November 13, 2017 / 12:13 pm

    Sounds like a great place to visit in the run up to Christmas. I’m just starting to think I’d like to my kids on a little pre-xmas excursion to somewhere less commercial than the U.K.! #culturedkids

  17. November 21, 2017 / 9:06 am

    I keep seeing outdoor museums like this recently – I think they’re really great. I visited one in Lublin Poland and loved it… #citytripping

  18. November 24, 2017 / 11:15 pm

    We didn’t make it to Skansen when we were in Stockholm last summer. I knew we’d regret it. I can imagine it has a fabulous festive vibe in winter. Thanks for linking #citytripping

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