There’s no shortage of Christmas markets in Scandinavia at this time of year. But have you ever been to one at a copper mine that doubles as a Unesco World Heritage Site? We didn’t think so.
Falu Mine in Dalarna is the place to thank for the red paint that decorates all those Swedish countryside cottages and it provides an impressive backdrop for an old-fashioned Christmas market.
You’ll find the usual choirs singing Christmas carols, but there’s also mulled wine to sip, sweet treats to taste and traditional handicrafts to purchase. This market’s location offers some other exciting activities too. If you join one of the ‘Mining Santas’ for a Christmas-themed tour of Falu mine (must be pre-booked), you can descend into the depths, look down from Sweden’s highest bridge and hear spooky stories of cave-ins and dead bodies.
The market is open from 10am–5pm. Parking at the mine costs 20 SEK but it’s free at the ‘Tisken’, ‘Culture’ and ‘Nybro’ car parks in town.
See also: Where Swedish cottages get their colour