After a long and dark November, proper winter is much appreciated. Visit some of Blekinge's best Christmas markets and enjoy the crisp air, bright lanterns and open fires that push away the darkness while bringing a cozy Christmasy feeling.
There is something special about attending a Christmas market. Unlike being trapped inside a store, Christmas markets are usually held outdoors, in a cool stable or on a beautifully decorated courtyard. Avoid the heat and stress in the stores and enjoy the craftsmanship and the flavors of Blekinge that fit well both as gifts or at the family's own Christmas smorgasbord. No matter how you feel about Christmas, you probably have several memories of this holiday's special dishes, flavors and scents. Visit one of our markets and stroll down Christmas memory lane.
Marvellous markets in Blekinge
Christmas market anno 1840 in Slottslängorna, Sölvesborg
During the first weekend in Advent, from November 26-28, one of the region's best Christmas markets opens its doors in the cosy castle area in Sölvesborg. Here you can enjoy classic crafts,lovely "fika" and sweets, entertainment and the pleasant atmosphere in the large cultural houses from 1840, next to Sölvesborg Castle and the castle ruin from the 12th century where Danes and Swedes long fought for the power of this region .
Opening hours: Friday 3 pm to 7 pm, Saturday 11 am to 5 pm and Sunday 11 am to 4 pm. Admission SEK 30 for adults, free for children under twelve (in an adult company). More information www.solvesborg.se
Christmas at Ljungsled's nursery garden, Mörrum
As a taste of the upcoming Christmas, Frida Sjöholm and her colleagues at Ljungsleds nursery garden in Mörrum invites you to four days of holiday inspiration. Here you can enjoy the wintry garden, buy plants, presents, ornaments and eat well. You can also shop for Made in Blekinge-delicacies while waiting for Santa (yes the plan is that he will pop by by) and listen to live music.
Opening hours: November 18-21. Thursday between 4 pm and 8 pm, Friday, Saturday and Sunday between 10 am and 4 pm.
Christmas at Eriksberg
Few things are as beautiful as a white Christmas at Eriksberg, where the courtyard is decorated with Christmas lights and lanterns and where you can enjoy the famous Christmas buffet in the restaurant Visenten before you buy the farm's own meat in the barn and experience fantastic flavors and crafts from Blekinge. This weekendthere is no entrance-fee and you can drive your car all the way up to the courtyard of Eriksberg. If there aren't enough parking space, you need to park at the entrance and walk up to the patio. And parking down by the estate gates is not at all a bad idea since you get to experience Outdoor Eriksberg – a boutique, café and exhibition space designed by renowned Swedish architect Thomas Sandell.
Opening hours: Saturday and Sunday, December 11–12 between 10 am and 4 pm. More information: www.eriksberg.se
Christmas at Riksdagsmannagården, Åryd.
Visit the beautiful Riksdagsmannagården in Törneryd just north of Åryd and enjoy the Christmas atmosphere in the old stable at the old Riksdagsmannagården. Across the road - at the new Riksdagsmannagården - you can buy freshly smoked meat, juices, jams and gift boxes both for yourself and gifts. Apart from game meat, you can also purchase meat from popular pigs, barbecue sausages and the farm's own salami. Also, you can chop your own spruce, buy spruce or pre-chopped spruce if you can't cut yourself.
Opening hours: Thursday – Sunday between December 2–19. Thursday and Friday 1 pm to 4 pm, Saturday and Sunday 10 am to 4 pm. More information: www.riksdagsmannagarden.se
Brunnsparkens Christmas Market in Ronneby Brunnspark
Take the opportunity and enjoy Brunnsparken's beautiful architecture framed by a classic Christmas atmosphere with tasty delicacies and locally produced crafts in the historic Brunnshallarna. Buy, bread, fish and cider from Blekinge and let the first cup of mulled wine of the season warm your throat when darkness sets. Do not miss out on a visit to the nearby Brunnsparksbutiken where Tina Holmslykke runs a cozy shop with a fantastic range of organic, healthy food. And having a "fika" at Mandeltårtan café across the Ronneby River is always a good idea.
Opening hours: Saturday and Sunday, November 27–28 from 11 am to 6 pm. More information: www.brunnsparksbutiken.se
Karlskrona Christmas Market
The city centre of Karlskrona invites you to a Christmas market during what we in Sweden call "Second Advent". On Saturday and Sunday, streets, squares and malls are decorated with spruce twigs and Christmas lights, and Christmas carols and live music can be heard everywhere. Experience a torchlight procession, Lucia-singers spreading light and joy, and a whole range of yuletide activities. There are also genuine crafts and gifts to bring back home. Take time to really enjoy the World Heritage City of Karlskrona and combine classic Christmas shopping with cozy coffee-breaks and the wonderful warmth from a live fire. Do not miss the exhibitors at Bergqvistska gården where you can, among other things, see an old fashioned blacksmith in action.
Opening hours: Saturday and Sunday December 4–5 at 10 am to 4 pm (Saturday) and 11 am to 4 pm (Sunday). More information: www.karlskronajulmarknad.se