Perfect Christmas city break in Stockholm 

Perfect Christmas city break in Stockholm 

Last year as we headed back to Europe for baby’s first Christmas, we were determined to find the most Christmassy of city breaks to get us in the festive spirit. After looking around we decided that our perfect Christmas city break was Stockholm. With such high expectations it would be hard for a place to live up to my hype but it did. Here’s why

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You can have traditional Christmas Skansen

Skansen is Stockholm’s own outdoor living history museum. It’s fabulous at anytime

Of year but especially christmas. At Christmas time there are traditional Christmas markets, fires all around the grounds and traditional carol services in their recreated church. If you want to get in touch with a traditional Christmas on your city break then Stockholm is the place for your  Christmas city break.

Christmas markets that aren’t too busy

I love Christmas markets but I hate places that are too busy. If you want a city break where the Christmas markets aren’t too busy then Stockholm is the perfect place.

Also Stockholm is an easy place to get around either on foot or via subway which is a destination in itself because of its amazing art!

Lucia festival – own tradition

The festival of Lucia on 13th December is a big deal in Stockholm. With no regard for health or safety, a girl parades with a headdress of lit candles dressed as Lucia. A pageant of St Lucia is a must if visiting Stockholm during December.

Chance to see snow

Living in the Middle East I was determined that my little one would experience a white Christmas. If you want a white Christmas city break the odds are in your favour in Stockholm.

Cold weather comfort food

And in that snowy weather you need proper comfort food. Sweden’s national fish of meatballs will provide you with this. Warning though – you’ll never be able to go to ikea again.


Fika to beat the weather

And on top of comfort food you are going to need lots of warming coffee breaks. With the Swedish tradition of fika (coffee breaks) you will fit right in with the locals.

Where is your favourite place to have a Christmas city break? 

49 Comments

  1. November 6, 2017 / 8:10 am

    It certainly looks cold there but it looks like you had an amazing time. Looks like a great place to visit at this time of year

  2. November 6, 2017 / 9:08 am

    Ah that last photo is just the cutest! I have yet to visit any European cities around Christmas time other than the UK. I’d love to visit Amsterdam I think as you can easily catch the ferry from Newcastle where I live x

  3. November 6, 2017 / 9:13 am

    I’ve been looking for a good destination to visit during christmas season for such a long time now. I loooove christmas markets but my boyfriend hates crowded places more than anything so I’ve had a pretty hard time so far. lol. Stockholm looks perfect for us though so I’ll definitely look into that, thank you for the hint! #MondayEscapes

  4. November 6, 2017 / 9:59 am

    I love Stockholm, but would have to recommend Copenhagen, too! Scandinavia does Christmas well. Looks like you had a wonderful time.

  5. November 6, 2017 / 10:16 am

    This sounds like a perfect Christmassy break! I love that it’s not too busy and there is a chance of snow!

  6. November 6, 2017 / 11:13 am

    This looks like the perfect white Christmas! One of my closest mum friends here is Swedish and I love hearing about the way they spend Christmas there. Hopefully we’ll be able to experience it too 🙂

  7. November 6, 2017 / 1:32 pm

    All I can say is….Christmas with snow…amazing! How much more Christmassy can you get?

  8. November 6, 2017 / 2:05 pm

    I’ve never been to Stockholm before and what a wonderful time of year to visit. Christmas markets, snow, what more do you want!

  9. November 6, 2017 / 2:16 pm

    We visited Stockholm for the first time in the Summer (and I fell in love with Skansen!) I would love to see it in the winter! 🙂 #mondayescapes

  10. November 7, 2017 / 2:38 am

    I’d never heard of Skansen or the Festival of Lucia before. I’d especially love to see more pics of the latter. The balancing candles thing sounds crazy lol. And your little kiddo is adorable! <3

  11. November 7, 2017 / 6:31 am

    I have never been before but it looks and sounds lovely!

  12. November 7, 2017 / 9:11 am

    Never been there before but looks so Christmassy!!! And snow at Christmas is unheard of now isn’t it ! Would love a white Christmas – on actual Christmas Day lol x

  13. November 7, 2017 / 10:43 am

    Oh this looks absolutely lovely (and I love that tiny-polarbear look your little one has going on). I would always worry that Stockholm would get too dark in winter!
    #CityTripping

  14. November 7, 2017 / 11:29 am

    I love everything about Christmas and it looks really Christmas-y here 🙂 Lovely pictures.

  15. November 7, 2017 / 2:10 pm

    I am LOVING all these recommendations for Christmas markets. It just makes deciding which to visit first harder, that’s all! #mondayescapes

  16. November 7, 2017 / 11:33 pm

    Oh Stockholm is lovely although I have not been during the Christmas season! I went when I was a bridesmaid for my aunty’s friend and we had a lot of fun! x

  17. November 8, 2017 / 10:24 am

    Anywhere with snow would make my kids year as we never get it where we live. It looks like a fabulous break

  18. November 9, 2017 / 11:17 am

    Oh I would love to visit Stockholm over Christmas, looks like such an amazing city and magical place for families – feeling inspired

    Laura x

  19. November 9, 2017 / 5:31 pm

    Stockholm looks amazing. I’ve never been and would love to go. It certainly seems to have that ‘Christmassy’ feel. Great idea. Thanks for sharing.

  20. November 10, 2017 / 12:05 pm

    Truly lovely – made me feel festive just looking at those photos! And yes to the snow, especially when you’re growing u pin the middle east!

  21. November 10, 2017 / 2:49 pm

    We had a great time in Stockholm. I can definitely see the appeal of visiting in winter…as long as you wrap up warm! Your daughter looks super cozy in her snow suit! Thanks for linking #citytripping

    • December 1, 2017 / 10:46 pm

      The Lucia festival sounds an interesting one! Getting snow and a bit of cold is the only way to get Christmassy #fearlessfamtrav

  22. November 10, 2017 / 3:47 pm

    Your baby’s little white suit is so cute. Also, I want those meatballs. Sweden does seem like it would be a great place to visit in winter. How much daylight is there right now? #MondayEscapes

  23. November 15, 2017 / 10:48 am

    I love Stockholm, such a vibrant and unique city. I haven’t been at Christmas but I clearly need to! I think my fav festive visit so far has to be NYC, the atmosphere is just amazing. Thanks for linking up to #MondayEscapes again;) It’s always great to read about your family’s travels

  24. November 18, 2017 / 7:52 am

    I recently discovered that Sweden is one of the most coffeed up nations. Fika sounds great to me as part of a Christmas break, and I too, like to avoid the crowds and experience a bit of carol singing in a traditional setting. Sounds perfect!

  25. December 1, 2017 / 10:32 am

    I’ve only been to Stockholm in summer but I reckon it would be a magical place at Christmas. I’d like to go to Copenhagen during the festive season too. #fearlessfamtrav

  26. December 1, 2017 / 11:02 am

    Looks like a lovely place to spend Christmastime. We love open-air museums, so cool and kid-friendly. #fearlessfamtrav

  27. December 1, 2017 / 11:28 am

    Personally, I don’t see the appeal of a white Christmas, but I can see why others do. I’m much happier if I can wear shorts and flipflops on Christmas day. This trip sounds like fun though, if it has to be cold, then there might as well be snow! #fearlessfamtrav

  28. December 1, 2017 / 2:37 pm

    I loved Sockholm when we visited. We were there in summer, it is nice to see what it is like in December. your trip sounds fun. And I agree once you had really good meatballs, the IKEA ones don’t cut it anymore. #fearlessfamtrav

  29. December 1, 2017 / 4:14 pm

    Oh my gosh, that baby suit is the cuddliest thing I’ve ever seen! I need to get me one haha. Looks like a lovely trip 🙂

  30. December 1, 2017 / 10:25 pm

    Ohh it sounds so lovely! I really love travelling around Christmas but it’s hard to know where to go – I’ve never been to Stockholm so it’s definitely one on the list! x

  31. December 2, 2017 / 2:48 am

    I’ve never been to Stockholm but can see how it would be perfect for Christmastime. Though the story of the girl wearing the lit-up headdress kind of freaks me out! #fearlessfamtrav

  32. December 2, 2017 / 3:25 am

    Your pictures of your little one in her bunting reminds me of winters with my own kids bundled up from head to toe with only their faces showing. Adorable. #fearlesfamtrav

  33. December 2, 2017 / 4:53 am

    What a great idea to visit Stockholm for the Christmas markets!
    #fearlessfamtrav

  34. December 2, 2017 / 6:04 am

    I have a friend that lives in Sweden, I’ve known him for 30 years and one of the first things he educated me on (we went to school together) was FIKA! I get the biggest kick out of FIKA, I think we need a lot more breaks to just sit and talk over coffee! This is a great post and looks like it was a great trip!

  35. December 2, 2017 / 9:46 pm

    This looks like a perfect Christmassy break. Love going places at Christmas time as everything looks so beautiful #fearlessfamtrav

  36. December 3, 2017 / 9:50 am

    I so miss Northern Hemisphere Christmases! We have done winter holidays in Venice and Prague and both were beautiful. I have never been to Sweden (can’t wait to go!), but I think the fika tradition would agree with me! #fearlessfamtrav

  37. December 3, 2017 / 5:57 pm

    I like that – ‘wiht no regard for health and safety!’ Lol! I hope she’s not wearing any hairspray!
    I can’t believe you found a relativelt quiet Christmas Market too, sounds perfect! #FearlessFamTrav

  38. December 3, 2017 / 6:26 pm

    I so enjoyed this sweet post and it made me want to be in Sweden for Christmas someday, so thank you for that! I totally agree that Christmas markets + too many people = absolutely no fun! I was just in Prague yesterday for my annual trek to the Old Town Square Christmas market and hooboy, I could not enjoy a minute of it, sadly.

  39. December 4, 2017 / 5:53 pm

    This looks lovely, im very jealous!

  40. December 5, 2017 / 6:03 pm

    You’ve sold it to me Leona! Especially the snow and the fika. Can’t think of anything more festive than that!

  41. December 5, 2017 / 9:03 pm

    What a perfect place to go for Christmas. I love Christmas markets too and coffee and places to explore without too many crowds so will definitely be adding Stockholm to my list #fearlessfamtravel

  42. December 6, 2017 / 1:47 am

    Being from Canada, we usually get to experience a white Christmas, so we usually stick around home. This does sound like a lovely place to visit at Christmas time though! The European Christmas Markets are something I’d like to experience so maybe we’ll have to travel at Christmas time someday… #fearlessfamtrav

  43. December 7, 2017 / 11:48 pm

    Aww looks like a lush season to visit in. #fearlessfamtrav

  44. December 11, 2017 / 11:55 pm

    So Darcee desperately want to explore a christmas market but the idea of the massive crowds in Germany or Austria bum me out. So Stockholm might be the perfect balance for both of us! The festival sounds awesome to me and all that food that is right up my alley while darcee can take the traditional coffee breaks and shop the markets!

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