Halmstad Christmas Market: Fun on the Farm

Halmstad Christmas Market: Fun on the Farm

Christmas markets in Europe are renowned worldwide. During two weekends in November and December, visitors to Wapnö Gård just outside of Halmstad in the Halland region can see why Sweden is no exception.

Your castle awaits

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All photography by Jonas Lind

Much more than a farm, Wapnö Gård is a castle, a hotel, and a conference center. But during those special two weekends in autumn, it becomes a place full of the magic and wonder of Christmas.

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Self-billed as Sweden’s largest and most enjoyable Christmas fair, there are exciting and fun activities for children.

These include riding on Icelandic horses, experiencing the feeling of sitting in a tractor, looking at cows and their calves, witnessing the milking carousel, and singing songs with Wapnö Gård’s own Santa choir.

Families can even arrive at the farm on Wapnö’s own double-decker London bus from Norra Station Halmstad.

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Stall, stalls, and more stalls

This year, 136 sellers are on hand with locally produced food, handmade crafts, jewelry, beauty products, candles, garments, scarves, hats, mittens, rugs, and so much more. You can watch some of the artisans create magic right in front of your eyes.

The farm buildings house the stalls in a cozy and inviting environment while others line the paths around the grounds.

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Buy Swedish as much as possible

There is ample opportunity to sample cheese, olives, lamb, bread, oils, jams, drinks, and other delicacies, with 99.9% of them produced in Sweden. 

In addition to the Swedish vendors from Gotland, and others from way up north, the Wapnö Gård Christmas market has its own boutique filled with products made from the farm.

Check out their tomato marmalade and Wapnö Gård’s own Christmas soft drink and beer.

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Treat someone or treat yourself

If you’re not out to purchase an unusual gift for a friend or loved one, treat yourself to something to eat. 

Everything served on the farm was made from ingredients produced locally on the farm. Enjoy coffee and cake or a full traditional Swedish Christmas meal. 

Lamb sausages tingle the senses served fresh from the grill. Try a vendor’s reindeer kabob if you’re feeling adventurous. 

There is Christmas porridge on offer and vendors selling sill. You can purchase just about everything you need for your Swedish Christmas table from the special mustard to the candles.

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When the sun sets

If you stay until dark, you’ll be greeted by over 1,000 lights around the farm illuminating your way from building to building and outdoor stall to stall. 

And if the sound of Christmas carols played over a loudspeaker doesn’t get you in a festive mood, the sight of children laughing and playing certainly will. 

Bring your little ones for a fun and sensory-filled day. Children under 12 are admitted free, and adults pay 100 kr. 

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If you can make it this year the remaining dates and hours are November 29th – December 1st. 

The day opens at 11 am on Friday and ends at 7 pm; 10 am to 7 pm on Saturday, and 10 am – 5 pm on Sunday.

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There are year-round activities at Wapnö Gård.

Visit their website for more information https://www.wapno.se/matboendeevenemangmaessor/

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Author: Adrianne George Lind

Adrianne George runs Stockholm Expat where she blogs about Stockholm through the eyes of an outsider who see things with fresh eyes. Adrianne embraces expat life and is mindfully introspective and grateful at the same time. She is the founder of JobsinStockholm.com and expat groups on Facebook and Linkedin, and is the blogger behind the multi-award winning Black Women in Europe.

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