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From picturesque Christmas markets to idyllic winter performances – our guide provides you with the best tips for a memorable stay. Explore local winter delicacies, enjoy concerts, and theater performances. Sit back and plan your winter getaway with our carefully selected tips on accommodation, shopping, and unique winter experiences in and around Ystad.

Embrace the Winter Vibes

Discover a frosty world of experiences

Christmas Market at Högestad Gods

Explore the charming Christmas market at Högestad Gods, an estate located between Ystad and Tomelilla. Experience one of the cozy Christmas markets in southeastern Skåne with enticing and unique exhibitors. Immerse yourself in the atmosphere with a concert in the picturesque church, and let the children participate in exciting activities. A winter experience full of Christmas joy and local charm awaits you!

18th to 19th November

The Opening of Christmas in Ystad

Immerse yourself in the local Christmas spirit in Ystad and join the opening ceremony on the main square Stortorget! Experience the magic as the beautifully decorated Christmas tree, adorned by schoolchildren, lights up. Listen to the opening speech, enjoy musical entertainment, and theatrical performances. Inaugurate the Christmas season and share the joy with the entire community of Ystad!

28th November

Celtic Christmas

The Swedish folk-rock band West of Eden invites you to a Celtic Christmas celebration at Ystad Theater! Let yourself be captivated by Irish and English folk music in an enchanting atmosphere. Christmas Carols, lively tunes, medieval hymns, and modern classics like "Fairytale Of New York" are woven together to create a fantastic and atmospheric Christmas concert. Celebrate Christmas in a unique way with West of Eden and let the music create a memorable Celtic Christmas experience!

1st December

A Christmas Tale with the Santa Family

Join us on an adventure at Per Helsa's Gård as the Santa Family pays a visit! They share the hectic preparations for the grand Christmas gift distribution, creating a lively performance filled with humor, joy, and love. The event is designed especially for children aged 5-9, but, of course, all children, regardless of age, are warmly welcome to participate. Bring the whole family and experience an unforgettable day with the Santa Family at Per Helsa's farm!

2nd-3rd December, 9th-10th December, 16th-17th December, and 23rd December

Christmas Concerts at S:ta Maria Church

Discover the magic of Christmas at S:ta Maria Church as it fills with delightful Christmas music during several memorable concerts in December. Enjoy performances by Da Capokören, Änglakören, and United Gospel Choir, among others. Explore the eventful calendar for details. Warmly welcome to the enchanting Christmas atmosphere of S:ta Maria Church!

2nd December

Christmas Market in Ystad

Celebrate the first advent among cobblestones and timber-framed houses! We kick off the most wonderful time of the year by filling streets and squares with a festive Christmas market, enticing scents, and flavors reminiscent of the deliciousness of a Christmas buffet. Experience the enchantment of the first advent weekend in Ystad, where tradition meets festive holiday cheer!

3rd December

Children's Lucia

Join us and immerse yourself in the magic created by the children in the Lucia procession, marching from Österportstorget to the vibrant Stortorget. Enjoy the charming sight as the children spread Christmas joy along the way, filling the air with their festive songs in the swedish tradition Lucia. Sing along and let the melodies create a warm feeling amidst the winter-chilled air.

All children are warmly welcome to participate in the parade and share the joy that the Lucia procession brings.

9th December

Lucia at S:ta Maria Church

Let Lucia bring light to the winter darkness! Enjoy the atmospheric music performed by the Rejoice choir, accompanied by Maria Nilsson on the piano and Henrik Lundström on the bass. Bring friends and family and let the classic swedish tradition Lucia in Mariakyrkan be a shining highlight of your Christmas. Revel in a moment filled with light and musical delight!

13th December

Kåseberga Christmas Market

Discover charming Christmas vibes at the picturesque Christmas market in Kåseberga harbor, where local crafts and exquisite treats from nearby shops, smokehouses, and restaurants bring warmth to the winter.

Take the opportunity to embark on a short journey up the hill and behold the historic monument Ales Stenar adorned in winter attire. Capture the moment with family and friends as you combine the Christmas market experience with the scenic beauty surrounding Kåseberga.

16th December

Charity Concert - Julefrid

Experience the warmth of musical camaraderie during the annual charity concert "Julefrid" at Ystad Theater, presented by Grevlunda Manskör! Prepare for an unforgettable evening with fantastic artists such as Boel Adler, Frida Green, Evelina Åkesson, Johan Wikström, Anders Hane, and Urban Wangel.

The proceeds from ticket sales go entirely to Doctors Without Borders. Don't miss the opportunity to be part of this heartwarming tradition and contribute to a good cause during your winter journey to Ystad!

29th December

Discover more events

Add a touch of gold to your winter experience in Ystad and explore our event calendar for more activities. Whether you're looking for local cuisine, traditional events, or unique experiences, our event calendar will guide you through a winter full of memories and joy. Join us as we create warm moments and community in the heart of Ystad. Look forward to a winter of festivities and discover what the season has to offer in our beautiful city!

A palette of winter activities that warms the soul
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