It’s a fantastic week to be in Stockholm this week. All the usual city action but with the added excitement of the Nobel Prize Banquet and Lucia concerts. Join in the celebrations where you can.
The Nobel Banquet is an event many would give a fortune to attend. Alas, only 1,300 guests can be seated at the Blue Hall of the City Hall of Stockholm where the Banquet has been held since 1934. For everyone who wasn’t invited, you can watch the action on a live webcast.
When: Wednesday 10 December
Where: Oslo, Norway and Stockholm City Hall
The tradition continues – Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” is again at the Maxim Theatre in Stockholm. The story of the stingy Ebenezer Scrooge is one of Dickens’s most popular stories and set in Stockholm every Christmas for much of the 80s and 90s. A couple of years ago brought the tradition back to life and now it’s clear that “A Christmas Carol” will be back again this year. The show is set up in a genuine English musical theater version with British actor and singer in the roles and several child actors.
When: starts Wednesday 10th December
Cost: 330-485 SEK
A Christmas show with roots in soul music. Classic songs will be mixed with Stephen Simmonds repertoire. Stephen Simmonds is Sweden’s king of soul and plays in the same league as John Legend, Marvin Gaye or Bruno Mars. During the show, Stephen Simmonds and his band will take the guests on a one hour journey of soul and R&B that gets the entire opera house rocking.
When: Thursday 11 December
Cost: 295 SEK
An improv comedy show about finding yourself in Sweden. The show focuses on the experience of living in Sweden as a foreigner. The actors portray Swedes, foreigners and our cultural differences in an entertaining way that the audience can identify with, laugh at and hopefully learn from. The audience drives the show with their suggestions. All shows are performed in English.
When: Friday 12 December
Where: Boulevardteatern, Gotgatan 73
Cost: 100-200 SEK
Frederick Benke Rydan is back with a new dance performance at Dance House after the great success of “Swan Lake”. The “Stop. Play. Rewind. – The Monopoly Game” creates one of the nation’s most acclaimed choreographers a visually effective show with a mix of street dance and modern dance with specially written music by the likes of Johan Liljedahl, Kleerup, Mando Diao and Vendela Palmgren. – See more at: http://www.blixten.se/stopplayrewind#sthash.CXcqLNjA.dpuf
When: until 11 January 2015
Where: House of Dance (Main Stage)
Cost: 405 – 485 SEK
Are there any limits to what can be built of gingerbread? ArkDes gingerbread house exhibit is since 1990 a cherished tradition in which themes such as gazebos, metropolises, dangerous relationships and homelessness has created great interest.
When: until 7 January
Where: Arkitektur and Design museum
Cost: 80 SEK, free up to 19 years
Experience an enchanting walk through Stockholm’s Old Town. Under lantern light, you will hear about the history of Stockholm, see the sights of interest, and get to know about Swedish Christmas traditions and culinary delights. You will learn about what the Vikings were celebrating at this time of the year, why a straw goat is a typical Christmas symbol, and why Protestant Swedes celebrate an Italian saint on 13th December.
When: Friday 12 and Saturday 13 December
Where: Gamla Stan
Cost: 195 SEK
Soon it’s time for the big dog party! More than 300 breeds of dogs – a total of over 8000 dogs – are in place at the fair this year.
When: Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 December, 9:00 to 18:00
Cost: Adults 130 SEK (presale), 150 SEK (at venue), Child/Pensioner 110 SEK (presale), 150 SEK (at venue)
Want to experience a Christmas buffet beyond the ordinary? Then Stockholm 1912’s Christmas buffet is something for you. During the meal, Circus Cirkör will show off their seductive circus arts and the indie-rock duo Irya’s Playground will play some tasty tunes to make sure that this will be an extraordinary experience!
When: Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th December
Cost: 545 SEK
Lucia is a major Swedish tradition and feast day celebrated every year on December 13:th. If you are in Sweden around this time, make sure to experience this beautiful and unique Nordic celebration. Lucia is celebrated according to tradition at Skansen.This year’s celebrations Skansen will take place on 13th and 14th December, with daily Lucia concerts.
When: Dec 13 11:00 – Dec 14 18:00
Where: Skansen, Djurgårdsslätten 49-51
Hillsong Church Stockholm welcomes you and your family to a concert where the Christmas miracle at the center. Prepare yourself for a breathtaking, dazzling and overwhelming show with phenomenal singers and musicians – This Is Christmas!
When: Sunday 14 December
Cost: 109 SEK
Jimmy Nelson engineers reality. Humbly, yet grand, he shows the beauty and diversity that exists in the world. He has traveled thousands of miles for portraying indigenous people on five continents.
When: now until 1 February 2015
Cost: 120 SEK or 90 SEK for children and pensioners
Did you know that there are 85 museums in Stockholm? Most of their websites have an English version. Here are a few to get you started…
1. Prins Eugens Waldemarsudde / Prince Eugen’s Waldemarsudde
2. Riksidrottsmuseet / Swedish Sports Museum
3. Siaröfortet / Siarö Fortress
4. Sigtuna Museum / Sigtuna Museum
5. Sjohistoriska Museet / National Maritime Museum
Have a super weekend!