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Swedish Winter Traditions and Lights

Stockholm, Sweden

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Experience hosted by Ryan

60 mins
Up to 7 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

Let me take you on a walk through the inner city of Stockholm and Old Town. You will admire the unique 3:30p.m darkness brightened up by the beautiful Christmas lights that decorate 40-plus streets and parks. This is a perfect opportunity to capture some stunning pictures of a typical Scandinvaian city winter night. Whether you are a professional photographer or just want to show your friends and family back home how magical a winter night can be, a walk around Stockholm at night is what you need!

You will discover some of the winter traditions that Swedish people look forward to all year. For myself, as an expat living in Sweden (coming up to my 9th winter), I will give you an inside look into how a modern Swedish family embraces winter traditions that are centuries old.

I will tell you all about how the Swedes celebrate Christmas today and compare how the same tradition was celebrated in times gone by. We can share how your culture celebrates the winter period as well.

This is a light-hearted look at the festive period, along the way I will share my local knowledge and great restaurants and pubs to warm up in afterwards. The route we take is similar to my Modern History experience but the stories are different.
Other things to note
This is a winter experience - it runs in all weather. Majority of the experience is outdoors but we have many indoor options if the weather is too extreme. Dress warmly.
Let me take you on a walk through the inner city of Stockholm and Old Town. You will admire the unique 3:30p.m darkness brightened up by the beautiful Christmas lights that decorate 40-plus streets and parks. This is a perfect opportunity to capture some stunning pictures of a typical Scandinvaian city winter night. Whether you are a professional photographer or just want to show your friends and family back home how magical a winter night can be…

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Sun, Dec 6
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
$21 per person
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Mon, Dec 7
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
$21 per person
$21 per person
Tue, Dec 8
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
$21 per person
$21 per person

Meet your host, Ryan

Host on Airbnb since 2018
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As a guide for over a decade I have lived and breathed Northern European history; as a father in Sweden I have lived and breathed the modern Swedish social system; as a lover of food and drink I have lived and breathed Swedish culture and traditions. Welcome to Stockholm - in winter!

My Airbnb experiences are designed to be informative; light-hearted; entertaining but most importantly encourage comfortable interaction.

With my knowledge of history + storytelling, along with my personal experiences of growing up in Australia, to raising a family in Sweden - it is a unique spin on history and culture that guide books can not give.

I want to hear about Christmas / Winter traditions from your childhood. Travelling is the people you meet. I love meeting new people hopefully I can meet you on one of my experiences.

Duration: 60 - 75 min
As a guide for over a decade I have lived and breathed Northern European history; as a father in Sweden I have lived and breathed the modern Swedish social system; as a lover of food and drink I have lived and breathed Swedish culture and traditions. Welcome to Stockholm - in winter!

My Airbnb experiences are designed to be informative; light-hearted; entertaining but most importantly encourage comfortable interaction.

With my knowledge of history + storytelling, along with…
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Where you'll be

Beginning at the geographical center of Stockholm, we walk through vibrant inner city Stockholm. See how beautiful Stockholm can be, even in the dark winter.
We check out my favourite roof top view. Walk past a "modern" city square with kickback to the art-deco period of the 1920s, check the most vibrant entertainment neighboorhood, visit the best park in winter, finishing in the Old Town Xmas market

Welcome to Stockholm Winter Wonderland

Rated 4.96 out of 5 from 57 reviews.

Saskia
November 2020
I had a great tour with Ryan! He's a really good story teller and knows many interesting things about the city and Swedish traditions. He's also really open to questions and adjusting the tour to your needs. I would definitely recommend it :)
I had a great tour with Ryan! He's a really good story teller and knows many interesting things about the city and Swedish traditions. He's also really open to questions and adjust…
Gabriella
November 2020
Christmas Lights Tour was very fascinating and Ryan gave me some great explanation about Nordic Christmasmas tradition (and food, history, and also the story behind the Stockholm syndrome). I highly recommend it!!!
David
January 2020
One of the best storytellers on Airbnb. I hope Ryan will not get tired telling those stories, I personally loved them :) Lights of night Christmas Stockholm are pretty as well.
Samantha
January 2020
We very much enjoyed our tour with Ryan. He is a wonderful storyteller and excellent at connecting the culture and traditions in a way personal to his guests. His tour was a highlight of our few days in the city. His communication was very impressive - better than any of the many tours that we've taken. We will absolutely look for another tour with him the next time we visit.
We very much enjoyed our tour with Ryan. He is a wonderful storyteller and excellent at connecting the culture and traditions in a way personal to his guests. His tour was a highli…
Reynaldo
January 2020
Ryan is an amazing guide. He is funny, knowledgeable and friendly. He is well structured and has a good balance between sharing his knowledge and letting the group interact. We learned a lot about Swedish Christmas traditions and made friends along the way. We highly recommend Ryan.
Ryan is an amazing guide. He is funny, knowledgeable and friendly. He is well structured and has a good balance between sharing his knowledge and letting the group interact. We lea…
Szymon
December 2019
A great and engaging tour guide. I enjoyed speaking with Ryan about local customs and life in Sweden as an Australian. The small group size also made for an enjoyable experience. I definitely recommend Ryan and this tour.

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Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 7 guests of all ages can attend.

What to bring

Warm weatherproof clothing

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