Christmas Market in Malmö: Nordic Magic at Its Best!

Mercado de Natal de Mälmo, na Suécia.
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2024-02-07

Are you looking for information about the Christmas Market in Malmö, Sweden? I’ve gathered a set of tips and suggestions that I believe are essential for planning your trip.

So, what can you expect from this Scandinavian Christmas market? I must say, I enjoyed it quite a bit!

The wooden stalls in alpine style lend a sophisticated atmosphere, while the lights provide that characteristic Christmas magic of such events.

Moreover, the market’s exhibitors change every weekend, meaning there’s always something new to see.

Interestingly, I found the Christmas market in Malmö to be more authentic in the sense that I didn’t see anyone dressed as Santa Claus, ready to take photos with tourists.

If this is what you’re looking for, then keep reading!

Immerse in Holiday Magic: Malmö Christmas Market 2023

Mercado de Natal de Mälmo à noite.
Malmö Christmas Market at Night.

The Malmö Christmas Market focuses on local and regional products, making the available crafts distinct from other Christmas markets. Additionally, some producers at the 23 available stalls will rotate, meaning it’s not always the same ones at the markets.

If you want to know where to find the most beautiful Christmas lights in Malmö, take note that they are in Lilla Torg Square.

In terms of food, be sure to try the traditional gingerbread, as well as the Lucia bread, which has the aroma of saffron and some raisins, as well as an ‘S’ shape. Lucia Bread, or Lucia Cats, is the traditional Christmas sweet in Sweden and is dedicated to Saint Lucy.

Pair these sweet delights with steaming coffee or glögg, Swedish mulled wine with spices.

Dates: November 23 to December 17, 2023.

Opening hours: Thursday to Sunday between 11:00 AM and 6:00 PM.

Location: Gustav Adolfs torg 8C, 211 39 Malmö, Sweden.

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What to Do in Malmö at Christmas

Mercado de Natal de Mälmo, na Suécia.
Christmas Market in Malmö, Sweden.

Seeing the Lights and Visiting the Christmas Market

During the Christmas season, it’s common for people to take advantage of the markets for Christmas shopping and to enjoy the twinkling Christmas lights.

And don’t think the Swedes stay home because of the cold. In fact, they have a very positive attitude toward low winter temperatures. It’s often said that there are no cold days, only clothes that don’t keep you warm enough.

Moreover, as mentioned earlier, since there are new producers every weekend at the markets, there’s always something new to see, even if you’ve visited the market before.

Try the Saffron Buns of Saint Lucia

St. Lucia Saffron Buns.
St. Lucia Saffron Buns.

Saint Lucia Buns, also known as Lussekatter, St. Lucia Saffron Buns, Lucia Cats, or Lucia buns, are small saffron-flavored pastries traditional during the Christmas season in Sweden.

The yellowish color of these buns symbolizes the light of Christianity reigning over the darkness of the world.

So, to understand the story, December 13th is the day of Saint Lucia, the martyr Lucia of Syracuse, who, according to legend, brought food to Christians hiding in the Roman catacombs, illuminating her way with a crown of candles on her head.

You’ve probably seen images depicting this moment, right? Saint Lucia’s Day is celebrated on December 13th with events in various cities worldwide, such as Copenhagen and Barcelona.

Christmas Gift Shopping

Compras de Natal em Mälmo.
Christmas Shopping in Malmö.

The Christmas Market in Malmö is excellent for Christmas shopping! And what to buy at this Swedish market?

Well, there’s plenty to choose from in terms of gift shopping, such as handmade crafts and decorations.

I really enjoyed the Christmas decorations available at the markets, from Santa figurines to wreaths to hang on the front door.

Another thing to consider, especially if you’ve visited the Christmas markets in Copenhagen, is that the prices are much friendlier in Malmö than in Denmark.

So, take the opportunity to browse the market stalls, as well as the shops on Malmö’s most famous pedestrian street: Södergatan.

Cozy Retreats: Hotels in Proximity to Malmö’s Christmas Market

Elite Hotel Esplanade, no centro de Mälmo.
Elite Hotel Esplanade, in the center of Malmö.

It’s not difficult to find affordable hotels near the Malmö Christmas Market, meaning right in the city center.

I recommend checking out the Elite Hotel Esplanade (4 stars), which not only boasts a central location but also includes breakfast.

However, if you prefer to explore other hotel options in Malmö, please refer to the following map.

Accomodation in Malmö, Sweden.

Everything You Need to Know About the Christmas Market in Malmö, Sweden

Praças e jardins de Mälmo, no Natal.
Squares and Gardens in Malmö During Christmas.

How to Get to Malmö Christmas Market?

Estação central de Mälmo - Centralstation.
Malmö Central Station – Centralstation.

The Malmö Christmas Market is located in Gustav Adolfs torg square, approximately a 10-minute walk from Central Station (Centralstation).

Where to see the Christmas lights in Malmö?

Luzes de Natal em Mälmo.
Christmas Lights in Malmö.

The main areas with Christmas lights in Malmö are concentrated in the historic center, so you don’t have to walk far to see the lights and decorations.

For me, the most beautiful square at Christmas is Lilla Torg Square, right next to Malmö’s main square where the City Hall – Stortorget is located, also adorned with Christmas motifs.

Additionally, the pedestrian street Södergatan, which runs from Stortorget to Gustav Adolf torg Square, where the Christmas market is located, also has very beautiful decorations and lights.

Are the Christmas Markets in Malmö safe?

Decorações de Natal na praça do Mercado de Natal.
Christmas Decorations in Gustav Adolf torg Square (where the Christmas Market is located).

Yes, the Christmas markets in Malmö are safe, as I saw policing everywhere, as well as security cameras capturing images.

People are friendly and ready to give directions if needed, and at no time did I feel unsafe walking in the streets.

Moreover, as it gets dark early, there are many people in the city doing their shopping, so even at night, I didn’t feel unsafe.

How is the weather in Malmö, Sweden, during Christmas?

Mercado de Natal em Mälmo à noite.
Christmas Market in Malmö at Night.

Winter in Malmö is cold, very cold. In December, expect temperatures to hover around 0°C when the sun sets.

The days are short, with sunset occurring before 4 pm, which means it gets dark (and cold) quite early.

Moreover, even though I experienced some sunny days, it’s typical for Malmö to have rain in December, so I recommend being prepared for the rain.

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