Listening to Christmas songs, drinking eggnog and cozying up by the fire tends to do the trick to get into the Christmas spirit. But what about letting Christmas markets, shopping and relaxation in the magical Nordic countries become a part of the Christmas joy? We have gathered our top tips to destinations and activities in the Nordics in order for you to organize the perfect Christmas trip!
Best Nordic Christmas markets
Nothing says Christmas more than the Christmas markets in the north with their quaint wooden houses, craft shops and mulled wine to warm you up. Stroll through these cozy markets and perhaps find a truly unique and personal gift.
Being the oldest capital in Norway, Trondheim is full of history and charming streets. For a couple of weeks in December the main square - just 10 minutes from the Radisson Blu Royal Garden Hotel, Trondheim - hosts the yearly yuletide Christmas market. Enjoy local food, quality crafts and the beautiful blue hour, where the decorated stalls and thousands of small lights come together to create a fairytale-like blue glow.
In the charming city of Malmö, you’ll find a festive Christmas market just a 10-minute walk from Radisson Blu Hotel, Malmö. Starting late November till late December, this Christmas market offers a memorable experience triggering all the senses and tugs at your heartstrings. A visit here is fun for the whole family.
The cold north is destined to put you into the spirit with its Christmas-lit streets and store decorations to warm your heart. True to form, the great capitals in the Nordics are happy and ready to receive holiday shoppers. There’s no place like Oslo when it comes to Christmas shopping, with its wide variety of quality shops with generous opening hours throughout December. A brisk 10-minute walk from Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Oslo, you’ll find Karl Johans Street filled with quaint cafes and excellent shops to help you get your Christmas shopping done in one go.
Likewise, Stockholm is full of shopping streets to fit all your shopping heart’s desires. Spend an entire day in the many high street stores of the city favorite Drottninggatan, just a 10-minute walk from Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel, Stockholm. For a more high end shopping experience just 8 minutes from Radisson Blu Strand Hotel, Stockholm, Biblioteksgatan literally rolls out the red carpet for shoppers during December.
A Christmas get-away
Sometimes it helps to get away in order to get into the Christmas spirit. Between the holiday planning, stressing out about choosing that perfect gift and getting the food right, it’s easy to lose that Christmas feeling. Why not take some time to decompress and reset?
Treat yourself to a little pre-Christmas relaxation and go on a spa trip to rejuvenate mind and body before the holiday festivities. Take a dip in the indoor pool and then unwind in the wonderful sauna or Jacuzzi at the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Stavanger.
Not into spas? How about a ski break? Feel the wind on your face as you swish down the mountain, and leave your stress behind. Trysil is the largest ski destination in Norway and offers alpine skiing, as well as dog sledding to help you clear your mind of Christmas clutter. Finish the day on the slopes with a warm cup of coffee or a hearty meal at the Radisson Blu Resort, Trysil.