Christmas in Scandinavia: TOP Winter Events and Places to Visit

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Christmas season is coming closer! Nexter recommends you to spend an authentic Scandinavian Christmas in Denmark, or Norway. Why these ones? Nordic countries are full of Christmas magic for the whole family.

Nexter found something winter-special for you.

1. Denmark

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The Danish Christmas, so-called “Jul” begins on December 1 and lasts until the end of December. The main holiday of the festive season is Juleaften – Christmas Eve – falls on on December 24.

Tivoli Gardens Christmas Market, Copenhagen

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Enjoy the unique Christmas atmosphere in the world-wide famous amusement park – Tivoli Gardens Christmas Market and its music show, 60 stalls, festive decorations, marvelous lights, delicious sweets and national dishes.

Ticket: adults – 99.00 DKK ($15);

Schedule: November 18th – December 31st.

Højbro Plads Christmas market

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Visit sparkling and hygge Christmas center with its  80,000 lights, decorations, stalls, Santa’s reindeers and sleigh. Take a photo with Santa Claus for free every Tuesday to Sunday, 1-5 pm.

Ticket: free admission.

Schedule: November 17th – December 23rd.

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Christmas Eve is celebrated traditionally on December 24. The festive season, named like Danish Christmas – “Jul”, begins in December and lasts until St. Knut’s Day on January 13.

One of the main holidays – The Lucia Day – falls on December 13.

Northern light in Abisko – Swedish Lapland

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Spend a magical evening in the Swedish Lapland – Abisko. Drive for an hour from Kiruna to Abisko and have a chance to observe one of the most fascinating phenomena in the world – the northern lights.

Abisko has a bunch of comfortable hotels and motels, where you can stay for a night, so don’t be worry to get lost in the woods and snow mountains in the middle of the night.

Reindeer Sledding

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Drive for about an hour from Abisko to the village of Sami and have an opportunity to try a  short ride on a sled behind a reindeer and feed those marvelous animals.

Don’t hesitate to order a ride as this type of entertainment is quite popular and the number of space is limited.

Schedule: December 1st – March 31st.

Gothenburg, ’s Christmas city

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Gothenburg fest begins on the 30th of November at 5 pm: more than 100 Hvitfeldtskas music students take part in a torch procession from Gustav Adolfs Torg to Götaplatsen.

The celebration includes a fire show, a choir concert, and light artwork. On 31 December the citizens of Gothenburg celebrate New Year’s Eve.

Schedule: November 30th – January 7th.

Fifteen Santa Clauses

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Unfortunately, Santa Winter Games in Gällivare is not taking place this year due to the city development, however, fifteen Santa Clauses will be present in Winter Wonderland Weekend, from the 24th  of November to the 3rd of December.

3. Norway

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25 and 26 of December and 1 of January are public holidays, and most shops and attractions are closed. This year 24 and 31 of December fall on Sunday, thus, the shops and most attractions will be closed too.

Nevertheless, you have plenty of time to visit the most marvelous and charming Christmas markets and concerts during the week:

Christmas market in Spikersuppa

You can Spikersuppa Christmas market right in the middle of Oslo with its beautiful ice rink and attractions: Christmas-themed entertainments and a Ferris wheel.

The beautifully decorated stalls sell main Christmas dishes and handmade crafts. Children will be glad to know that this year there’s also a Christmas workshops for kids.

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Oslo Philharmonic’s Christmas Concert

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Celebrate a musical Christmas with your kids at the symphony concert – Oslo Philharmonic. They are preparing two musical concerts with outstanding singers and a choir. The OSTs from Polar Express, Home Alone, and Jul i Svingen will be played.

Duration: 50 minutes

Ticket: adult – 200 NOK ($24) and child – 100 NOK ($12)

Bergen Julemarked

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So-called “market between the seven mountains” offers you a unique Christmas experience and a wide range of must-have Christmas presents.

You will an opportunity to taste local food and drinks, buy some Christmas decorations for your homeplace. Bergen Christmas Market is open in Festplassen square 7-23 of December 2017.

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Schedule: daily 10.00-20.00 local time.

Price: free of charge.

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