If you ever visit Stockholm on one of the weekends in December I would totally recommend that you visit Skansen for the Christmas market. I’ve been wanting to go there again for ages but haven’t gotten around to it until this past weekend.
Skansen is our open air museum and zoo and it’s a beautiful spot to visit any time of the year but it’s particularly nice during the Christmas season. I do advise you to be there early when they open at 10 AM because by lunchtime the place is packed.
Skansen is quite a big attraction and you can easily spend a whole day there but Sanna and I skipped the zoo part and turned our attention to the market and the town block. The town block is where there are genuine salvaged houses that have been moved to Skansen from different parts of Sweden and they form like a little town quarter with cobbled streets between them. You can go inside and there are re-enactors who play the parts of the people either living in the houses or working in them.
It was pretty cold and windy the day we went, –5 C, so it was wonderful to enter the houses where it was nice and warm with real fires in the fireplaces. Where possible things are authentic at Skansen so the smell of the fires in the work shops, the aromas of the spices in the pharmacy, the baked goods in the bakery, the tarred string in the hardware store etc were so cozy and inviting and so Christmassy. I wish this were smellavision so you could experience the houses we visited like we did.
My favorite store in te town quarter is the grocery store as you can imagine. The white exterior with green accents, the simple but Christmassy window display, the white tiles. Love it.
The little post office with living quarters attached really got me into Christmas mode. More on Skansen and the Christmas market itself in a couple of days!