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New Year in Stockholm!

Christmas Tree in Stockholm

Christmas Tree in Stockholm
(Photo: Henrik Trygg – Stockholm Visitors Board)

One of the famous “nicknames” of Stockholm is “Beauty on Water” or “Venice of the North”. Amazing palaces, spread around the archipelago, bring you to the epoch of Renaissance, inspire and charm visitors from a very beginning.

As a northern country, Sweden can show you an incredibly bright, picturesque winter, with “fluffy snow” shimmering in the sun, like thousands of tiny white crystals. And especially during winter – in anticipation of the New Year and Christmas – a completely unique atmosphere surrounds you here – in Stockholm.

Photo by Henrik Trygg, Stockholms Visitors Board

Photo by Henrik Trygg, Stockholms Visitors Board

A few weeks before Christmas season (which is celebrated in Sweden on the 25th of December) Stockholm “dresses” itself in colorful winter decorations: lights and illuminations cover all the streets in the city.

These days you can see funny figures and images of Tomtenissetiny little man from Scandinavian folklore with huge white beard and big red hat. Squares are occupied with traditional Christmas markets with presents and sweets for kids.

 

A Christmas Market in Stockholm's Old Town. Flickr Copyright Michael Caven

A Christmas Market in Stockholm’s Old Town. Flickr Copyright Michael Caven

Everybody is in small rush on a street, trying to buy all gifts for friends and family.

And every 31th of December, just 5 minutes before the New Year’s midnight, Stockholm is lightened up by dozens of amazing flashes of fireworks, which allow you one more time to enjoy the view of the “Beauty on Water”.

New Year Firework - Photo: Ola Ericson imagebank.sweden.se

New Year Firework – Photo: Ola Ericson imagebank.sweden.se