Christmas at Skansen is more than a month of events and celebrations - from the opening up of the first Christmas market until the fireworks at New Year´s Eve.
This year the first market is held on the 24 or November, and the market weekends are November the 24 – 25th, and December the 1 – 2st , 8 – 9th and 15 – 16th with opening hours from 10 am to 4 pm.
The celebrations begin on the first of Advent when the traditional Christmas market opens with its market square filled with food, treats and decorations. The bonfires are lit and the Christmas dinner tables are set. All the historical houses and farmsteads are decorated and in the Town Quarter you can meet skilled craftsmen. There will be craft demonstrations and live music in the buildings where the tables also are set for Christmas dinner. Young and old can participate in the dancing games around the Christmas tree at the Bollnäs Square and make their own Christmas decorations in the Christmas workshop.
The first Christmas market at Skansen was organized as early as 1903 and has since been an unbroken tradition. Even today, you can feel the atmosphere from the early years and for many, Skansen’s Christmas market is the official start of Christmas.
On the market there will be crowded with stalls selling traditional sausages, cheeses, handicrafts, spices and essences, Christmas decorations, embroidery, leather goods, Skansen's own handmade mustard, glass, bread and cakes, hand-knitted mittens, sugared almonds, tallows, honey, marzipan, crisp bread, smoked turkey, jams and marmalades, candy, children's books and masses of other irresistible items!
In the Skansen museum shop you can also find traditional Swedish handicraft and world class design for sale.
In several of the Skansen houses and farmsteads, christmas and coffee tables stand waiting and christmas trees have been decorated, illustrating the Yuletide customs of days gone by. Several of the traditional courses on the christmas table are still a part of present-day celebrations.
In Delsbogården, Oktorpsgården, the Farm Labourer’s Cottage and in Ekshäradsgården, you can see how rich and poor set their Christmas dinner tables.
In Väla school you can see historically decorated Christmas trees and on Christmas weekends, you can listen to Folk music in front of the fireplace in Delsbogården, Moragården and Älvrosgården.
Skansen celebrates Christmas until' January 6th when old and youg dances the little froggies around the Christmas tree, the Trols Yule is performed for a wideeyed audience in the Temperance Hall and Steven walks with his retinue, singing and joking, for the last time this winter.