HAPPY HOLIDAYS and we hope you are having a wonderful winter season! Here's our newest vlog of the 5 Christmas markets we went to + 1 light festival in less than 6 minutes! We thought it'd be fun to go to as many festive activities we could find this winter. In Sweden in the winter it starts getting dark around 3pm and plus it being very cold it's easy to never want to go outside so finding fun stuff like this to do really lifts our spirits and brightens the dark days with the Christmas spirit!
We kicked off the fun when we went to a ljustfest/light festival at Runnviken which is a beautiful old mansion and Bed & Breakfast/Spa with the most beautiful grounds and overlooking a lake. It was just perfectly spooky for Lindsay' fall lookbook but we can only imagine how beautiful it would be in summer.
There was a craft fair inside of this adorable old greenhouse and we thought it looked absolutely enchanting illuminated with fairy lights!
There was also a small greenhouse with fairy lights, a little table with a candle, and benches with fur blankets, so cozy!
The first Christmas markets we attended was at Öster-Malma Slott
We can never get tired of exploring these kinds of old mansions and it was sure festive there with people bustling around, a fire pit going, and the smell of roasted almonds (a Christmas market must!) and glögg!
We thought this moose was very cool and unique!
And what is a Christmas fair without Swedish Christmas candy?!
We loved how they had booths set up inside the old castle gate houses
They also had things to buy in the old red cafe
What a beautiful location overlooking a lake
We actually went here at the end of summer and it is absolutely gorgeous here when everything is green
Öster-Malma also is a hunt school hence the rows and rows of antlers and hunting displays all over the mansion
This door was so beautiful, we wonder where it leads?
When exploring old mansions, never forget to LOOK UP!
The highlight of this markets was the delicous fika we had inside the mansion at a cozy table for 2 with a white chocolate brownie, saffron cake, and glögg.
We couldn't help but take advantage of the beautiful backdrop for a few Christmas-y photos.
The next thing we attended was a "julmys" (which basically means "Christmas cozy") in Old Oxelösunds Skärgårdsmuseet (archipelago museum) which is this charming old building by the sea.
Oxelösund is known for his beautiful archipelago and the old buildings sure add the it's charm.
It wasn't really a market but a few tables set up with Christmas crafts, a "loppis" (flea market) inside, with a fire going, and gingerbread & glögg!
Red mushrooms are often used as a part of Swedish Christmas decorations
A lighthouse glowing
On our way home from Oxelösund we saw that the local candle shop in an old red Swedish building was open so we popped in and couldn't believe how cute it was set up for the holidays.
Christmas market 3 was Nyköpings Julmarknad and we only took one photo because it wasn't very extensive but it was fun and we got some roasted almonds.
The 4th Christmas market we went to (and our favorite) was at Tullgarns Slott (yes another old beautiful mansion!) and we went with our friends Jessica & Thomas.
When we asked someone to take that photo of us the said that they had just heard the kind of Sweden was in the mansion, wow!
We went to the orangery first to hear the Christmas choir perform.
Their voices filled the room with beauty and we loved how they were dressed, sure added to that old fashioned Christmas feeling.
This Christmas tree was so beautiful
Then we headed into an old horse stable where the Christmas market was held! It was so cozy and we thought it was such a smart and cute idea how the booths were in old horse stalls and some were even set up so that people could sit and eat their fika from the cafe.
There were rows and rows of Christmas candy and Swedish Christmas crafts.
Isn't this window beautiful?
This julbock display was very impressive!
The last Christmas fair we went to was on an old farm called Lasätter Gård.
We thought the market in an old barn was so charming and this Christmas tree inside was something out of an old fashioned Christmas dream.
We had fika inside the teepee that had a fire pit going inside and it was a really fun atmosphere inside, if not a bit cold though! They had delicious waffles with their signature "fläder" (elderberry) syrup.
"Tomtensverkstad" (Santa's workshop)
Lasätter Gård was such a cute old farm with charming traditional red Swedish houses.
How cute and rustic are these old pails with poinsettias?
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