Easter in Stockholm
Publish date: 1 April 2021
Flying witches, loads of candy, and spring celebrations – that's what characterizes the Swedish version of Easter ("påsk").
Sweden is a secular country, so the Easter holiday is more about celebrating the first long, holiday weekend of spring, rather than any religious traditions. Many Stockholmers simply enjoy the extra days off from work and use them to spend time with their friends and families.
Children traditionally dress up as (cute) witches, and go "trick or treating" around the neighborhood. Legend has it Easter was the time when the witches flew off on broomsticks to dance with the devil on the island of Blåkulla.
This year's Easter celebration will be different. Some attractions are still closed, and restaurants and bars are closed after 20.30 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. But that doesn't mean that you'll have a boring Easter holiday – far from it!
Just like Christmas and Midsummer, Easter Eve is the holiday's major feast day. That is the day to enjoy traditional food, which is also the same as on Christmas and Midsummer: Pickled herring, potatoes, salmon, meatballs, and "Jansson's frestelse" (a creamy mix of potatoes, onions, and anchovies). Just add lots of eggs and loads of candy.
Restaurants in Stockholm are currently closed after 20.30, due to COVID-19 restrictions, and bars are only allowed to serve seated guests. Some are offering special holiday meal kits and take-away dinners. Here are some suggestions:
- Ulla Winbladh on Djurgårdenoffers a take-away Easter buffé to be picked up April 1-2.
- Lux Dag för Dag on Lilla Essingen will prepare Easter takeaway dinners to be picked up April 2-3.
- At Stockholm matmarknad, you can order a full Easter menu, or pick and choose your own little buffé. They offer both home deliveries or pick-ups at their Stureplan location April 1-3.
- The fish and seafood deliMelanders offer an Easter DIY-meal-kit for two, to be picked up at any of their boutiques starting on April 1.
- At Spritmuseum you can order a three-course Easter dinner-kit, full of classic holiday flavors. Has to be booked before April 1.
- Enskede Värdshus has prepared a meal-kit for two, to be picked up April 1.
- Matsällskapet offers either a take-away dinner menu or a buffé-box full of Easter delicacies. Available both for pick up and home delivery.
Museums and attractions
Since Easter is a school holiday, many families take the opportunity to visit Stockholm's museums and attractions. Normally many have special Easter-themed activities. This year is different though. Some museums are opening up again, after being closed down due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but in a limited capacity. Visits have to be booked in advance and they allow only a limited number of simultaneous visitors. Visit their web pages for more info.
Indoor museums that are open during the 2021 Easter holidays:
- Bonniers Konsthall
- The Butterfly House Haga Ocean
- Moderna Museet
- Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities
- Nordiska Museet
- Prince Eugen's Waldemarsudde
- Spritmuseum & The Absolut Art Collection
- Stockholm Cathedral
- The National Museum of Science and Technology
- The Thiel Gallery
Skansen is a beloved attraction for families celebrating easter in Stockholm. The outdoor museum is opening up again after having been closed for some time. Seeing as it covers an area the size of Old Town, it's a perfect attraction if you want to avoid large crowds. Other museums and attractions with large outdoor areas are Artipelag, Bergius Botanic Garden, and The Woodland Cemetary.
Speaking of the outdoors, there are lots of beautiful hiking trails in the Stockholm area. The three longest are Roslangsleden, Upplandsleden and Sörmlandsleden. Tyresta Nationalpark and Lida Friluftsområde in southern Stockholm are great places to get closer to Swedish nature.
Celebrate easter from home
If you're not able to or would rather avoid public places right now, there are more ways than ever to enjoy Stockholm's cultural scene from the comfort of your home. Some museums have published guided tours in video form on their webpages and offer digital versions of their exhibits, artists put record concerts and publish on social media and The Royal Opera and Dramaten have recorded several shows, available on their webpages. Check out our guide on how to Explore Stockholm's museums online and Online shows & concerts for more tips.