Upcoming Holidays and Festivals in Sweden

  • Before planning a trip around a festival, verify the festival dates on the festival’s website or with a local tourist information office. For more information about these and other events, visit the official tourism site for Sweden.
  • This list includes major festivals in major cities, plus national holidays observed throughout Sweden. Many sights and banks close down on national holidays — keep it in mind when planning your itinerary. Note that this isn’t a complete list; holidays can strike without warning.
  • See upcoming holidays and festivals across Europe


January 1:  New Year’s Day

January 6:  Epiphany

April 3–6:  Easter weekend (Good Friday through Easter Monday)

April 30:  Walpurgis Night (bonfires, choirs)

May 1:  May Day (parades, some closures)

May 14:  Ascension Day

May 24–25:  Pentecost and Whit Monday

June 3–7:  Smaka på Stockholm (“Taste of Stockholm,” outdoor food vendors)

June 6:  National Day (parades, businesses open)

Early June:  Archipelago Boat Day (steamboat parade, Stockholm)

June 19–20:  Midsummer’s Eve and Midsummer’s Day (Midsommarafton and Midsommardagen; traditional dancing, feasts)

July 4:  Fourth of July festivities (Stockholm)

October 9–18:  Stockholm Jazz Festival

November 1:  All Saint’s Day (businesses open)

December 10:  Nobel Prize Day (businesses open, Stockholm)

December 13:  St. Lucia Day (festival of lights, parade)

December 24–25:  Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

December 26:  Boxing Day