Scandinavia practically screams ‘winter wonderland’ even in the height of summer – so when the seasons turn and the nights draw in there’s no better place to get that fuzzy festive feeling than Stockholm. Over the Christmas period, the Swedish capital recalibrates as a heartwarming (and fingertips-freezing) hub of hot booze, charming markets and genteel snow sports. Wrap up and take in our top tips on how best to do northern Europe’s pre-eminent urban archipelago this winter.
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Are there any winter festivals? If you’re in Stockholm on 13 December, you’ll likely see hordes of youth, clad in white: the girls in wreaths of candles; the boys in conical hats. Worry not, you haven’t wandered into a winter version of Midsommar – this is the annual celebration of St Lucia, a central part of the local Christmas tradition. There are a few notable concerts around town, but – Covid depending, of course – the one at the city’s Storkyrkan cathedral is one of the best. Expect hallowed processions, saintly choirs and piles of saffron buns.