I found the Christmas decorations in Stockholm and Helsinki absolutely charming. Christmas felt more magical and less commercial. Real Christmas trees rather than artifical ones was one huge factor. Decorations were tasteful and not gaudy like it can be in Singapore. Mostly white or warm yellow lights were used on the trees. Candles were lit and made the city so pretty.
Though I am sure a lot was spent on lighting at the upscale department stores like NK in Stockholm and Stockman’s in Helsinki, especially for the huge pieces. I guess the winter setting helps with the real Christmas feeling and I can imagine how amazing it will be once it snows. And the very unique thing about Christmas in Sweden especially were the trolls and Tomte – Father Christmas.
Here are some shots of my early Christmas experience in Stockholm.
And here are some from Helsinki, Finland.