Walpurgis Night is celebrated on April 30 all across our long country. This holiday marks the end of winter and the spring gets a warm welcome with an enormous bonfire. At Skansen open air museum in Stockholm, the celebration starts early in the afternoon and continues all through the night. There will be spring speeches, music, games, and the traditional Walpurgis bonfire.
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If you want to find an evening when song is to be heard in every village, town or city, then be sure to be in Sweden on the 30th April. On that date, known as Valborgsmässoafton (Walpurgis Eve), huge bonfires are lit at dusk. As the fire grows in intensity, singers from local choral groups come forward to sing songs that celebrate the end of winter and herald the arrival of spring. In Stockholm there are several places where you can join the festivities and one of the most popular you’ll find at Skansen open air museum.
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Skansen, an open air museum for the entire family, is Stockholm´s largest and most popular attraction and was established as early as 1891. Here you can stroll through five centuries of Swedish history, from north to south, with a real sense of the past all around in the historical buildings and dwellings. Wildlife typical of Scandinavia, such as elk, wolves and bears, can be seen in the park, while the Skansen Aquarium features exotic snakes and primates. Lill-Skansen is a children´s zoo with goat kids, hedgehogs, small pigs, ducks and kittens. There are also annual celebrations like Valpurgis night, Midsummer and St Lucia. Combine fun with culture at this beautiful park located at the island of Djurgarden in Stockholm.
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There’s plenty of room for running around and adventure – with its broad pavements, green parks and location right on the water, Stockholm is a great place for running, jumping and discovering.
Discover the magical world of stories at Junibacken – a place just bubbling with things to do and see, adventure and mischief. In the center of it all is the story train – a journey into the storybook world of Astrid Lindgren.
Skansen is the world’s first open-air museum, founded in 1891. This cultural-history park contains 150 buildings of historical interest, including houses, farms, running workshops and special historical scenes. Wildlife typical of Scandinavia, such as elk, wolves and bears, can be seen in the park, while the Skansen Aquarium features exotic snakes and primates. Lill-Skansen (Little Skansen) is a children’s zoo with goat kids, hedgehogs, small pigs, ducks and kittens.
In Stockholm you can swim right in the center of the city and there are several beaches to choose from. Smedsuddsbadet at Kungsholmen is one of them and it is very popular among families with children. Enjoy a day at the beach in the middle of the city but far from stress and traffic.
There are plenty of sightseeing tours and excursions all year round – perfect for the whole family.
Don’t forget to purchase the Stockholm card which gives you free entrance to more than 80 museums and attractions, free public transportation and free sightseeing. You can buy a card valid for 1 – 5 days and you can purchase the card at www.visitstockholm.com or at Stockholm Tourist Center.
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Tomorrow, when winter is at its darkest, Lucia comes with her maidens and sing traditional Lucia songs. It’s magical!
If you are in Stockholm and want to see a Lucia procession - go to for example the Stockholm Cathedral or St Jacobs Church (tickets can be purchased at Stockholm Tourist Center) or to the official Lucia celebration at Skansen.