This year the Winter Solstice (longest night of the year) falls on December 22nd, but already this weekend (Dec 17 & 18) you can celebrate at Skansen. Skansen is the best place to take part in Swedish holiday traditions and this weekend is the last weekend to visit their popular Christmas Market (Sat & Sun 10am to 4pm). Besides the market there are a couple of other events going on to celebrate the Winter Solstice: between 12 and 4pm they will be doing ice carving and sculptures at the Solliden stage area followed by the "Fire and Ice" show at 4pm... a magical show with fire, ice, music, food & drink. The fact that the nights will be getting shorter is surely a reason to celebrate!
Photo: Marie Andersson, Skansen
The easiest way to get to Skansen from the Rival Hotel is by the Djurgården boat ferry. The boats leave every 10-15 minutes from Slussen and the trip takes just 8 minutes.