Christmas Market in Gamla Stan (old town)
I recently posted a list of Christmas Markets in Stockholm this coming season, but I thought I would write a special post about the market in Gamla Stan (old town) which recently opened for the season. Especially as this is the main, and most popular, Christmas market in Stockholm! I stopped by early on Monday when they had just, in order to avoid any crowds, to pick up some necessities.
While this isn't any "official" Stockholm Christmas Market... its central location, generous opening hours and historic atmosphere has made it the city's most well known market. In fact, you will often find this market on lists of Scandinavia or Europe's best Christmas markets. The market, in its current form, has been around since 1915... however, there have been Christmas markets on some typr, on and off, here since the 1300's.
This is also the only Christmas Market that is open daily throughout the season: Nov 20th to Dec 23rd, daily from 11am to 6pm. This makes it very convenient to visit. Other markets, while very nice, are just open on weekends or just a certain weekend. It is just a 15 minute walk from the Hotel Rival, otherwise the closest subway station is Gamla Stan (red and green lines).
The market has around 40 different vendors and they sell a wide variety of fun, Swedish holiday items... everything from ornaments, holiday decorations, candles, local handicraft to traditional delicacies like sausages, marmalades, bread, candy and even glögg (mulled wine). Besides the ornaments, I like just walking around the stalls to get into the holiday spirit. Especially if we have some snow!