Considering how long and dark the winter is in Sweden, it is no wonder that the Swedish people really lighten up for Midsummer. The celebration is about the shortest night of the year, and in Stockholm it only gets dark for a few hours, and I don´t even mean pitch-black, just enough so that you notice that the sun is below the horizon. If you plan on going shopping or doing organised events, it is probably the worst time of the year. Midsummer is HUGE in Sweden and most people who live in Stockholm prefer to go to their country house or to the archipelago to celebrate in the nature but if you are in the city and want to celebrate in a traditional Swedish way your best option is at the open-air museum Skansen. The tradition is strongly focused around children and includes dancing around a pole covered in birch branches and flowers.
Traditionally, Midsummer is always celebrated on June 21st, the shortest night of the year, but because of the heavy celebration – that extends long into the night – it has been moved to the Friday that is closest to that night. In 2019, however, it is celebrated on June 21st, as that is on a Friday.
Skansen celebrate the event for 3 days, starting on June 21st at 10:00.
The nicest way to get there is by ferry (Djurgårdsfärjan) from Slussen or by tram from Åhléns at the Central station.