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Christmas in Åre

During December, Åre is transformed into a dreamy Christmas village. Thousands of Christmas lights twinkle in the snow-covered trees and the stately Christmas tree adorns our village square. Shops and restaurants are beautifully decorated and you can enjoy a typical Swedish “Julbord”, the Christmas version of smörgåsbord with loads of local dishes on a buffet table. Stroll around the village, peek into Santa’s cosy Christmas cottage and enjoy the joyful atmosphere that prevails.

Christmas atmosphere and music

Get in proper Christmas spirit with some live singing. Few things can make the right Holiday atmosphere settle in as listening to the traditional songs we love to hear this time of year. Come and celebrate Christmas at Åre Square together with our local choir. The bonfires are lit, Santa Claus comes to visit and perhaps you find a few of those last minute gifts on the wish list in one of the shops in the village.

CANCELLED: On Christmas Eve, December 24 at 11.30 you can enjoy classical Swedish Christmas carols by the choir Voices of Jämtland. They come to welcome Christmas with traditional songs by the Christmas tree at Åre square.

Meet Santa at Åre Square – CANCELLED

NOTE: Due to new pandemic restrictions we are forced to cancel the planned Christmas activities at Åre Square to avoid crowding around Santa Claus and the choir. 

We wish everyone a joyful, white Christmas with lots of skiing, good food and Christmas presents.

Santa comes to Åre to meet all the children and hear about their wishes. And when he is not here, he has his mail box on the small Christmas cottage in Åre Square where wish lists can be dropped of, or perhaps a home made drawing as a Christmas gift for Santa Claus himself? Meet Santa at:

CANCELLED: December 23 at 15.00-18.00

CANCELLED: December 24 at 11.00-13.00

Christmas Gift Tips

Finding gifts for loved ones is easy in Åre:

  • Here are small personal shops with carefully selected assortment mixed showrooms for many ski clothing brands and some large chains – here are our best gadget tips.
  • For those who seem to have everything, experiences are a hot tip, because you can never get too much of it. Here we suggest active packages.
  • At Åre’s second hand shops, you can find Christmas presents for the whole family – sustainable for both the environment and your wallet.

Swedish Julbord

(Christmas Dinner Smörgåsbord-style)

Åre’s restaurants set up their Christmas Dinner tables in long lines. Handmade sausages, home-cooked mulled wine, traditional Christmas flavours, new dishes and a plethora of local delicacies. Remember to book in time – the seats are usually in short supply! Here is the guide to Swedish Christmas dinner in Åre.

Christmas in the church

The Åre Congregation welcomes to Christmas celebration in the large and spacious church in Duved. Due to the small size of the old church in Åre the Christmas ceremonies here have been cancelled this year to avoid crowding. Here you find the full Christmas program for Åre Congregation.

Last updated 22 December 2021

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