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Authentic Swedish Christmas at Stockholm Arlanda

Stockholm Arlanda Airport is offering international visitors an authentic Swedish Christmas this year with everything it entails.

Santa Claus, a Christmas tree and classic food will be on offer to passengers using the gateway, and visitors can also get a crash course in authentic celebrations, while Santa also will be on hand to talk about Swedish Christmas traditions.

People will also have an opportunity to taste seasonal food from a lovely little Christmas smörgåsbord, while Christmas celebrations will start up this week at the airport and will be aimed primarily at international visitors, and travellers will also be able to learn about how the Swedes celebrate festivities.

In Sweden, children dress up as gingerbread figures, and the Swedish Santa comes by with Christmas gifts on December 24, rather than December 25.

But he cannot come too early – almost all Swedes watch Donald Duck on TV at 3pm, and it is only after the show that Santa comes knocking on the door and hands out all the presents.

And Swedes also sing – “Björnen sover” or “The bear is sleeping” - which is one of the popular songs sung at Christmas.

Kjell Åke Westin, airport director Stockholm Arlanda, says: “Christmas celebrations at our airport are a good way to present Sweden and Swedish culture.

“We know that many foreign travellers appreciate what is Swedish, and what could be a better example of this than a classic Swedish Christmas? We hope our Christmas celebrations will be appreciated and part of their overall travel experience.”

The Christmas celebrations will take place in Terminal 5, while Santa will arrive in Stockholm from his home far up in northern Sweden, where he also has his workshop.

Foreign visitors will have the opportunity to taste traditional Christmas food and get a leaflet in which they can read about why and how we celebrate Christmas in Sweden.

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