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New Year’s Eve is a magical night no matter where in the world you are and Stockholm is no exception. The city is usually covered with glittering snow and the pitch black winter night sky makes for a perfect backdrop for fireworks.

Will you celebrate New Year’s Eve in Stockholm? These are the locations where you want to be standing at midnight to see the city erupt with fireworks.

For New Year’s LBGT parties, check out QX GayMap>>



the Fireworks in Stockholm on New Year®s Eve! Here are our top tips on where to go 😉



Katja and Gunn (Club KG, Swedish Dyke Vibes) presents the big New Year’s Eve party in Stockholm!
3 Course dinner – 15 Dragqueens – dragshows – confetti – glitter – Swedish Dyke Vibes – GOD SAVE THE QUEER adn much more!
The big New Year’s Eve Pary at Debaser Medis>>

Clean New Years Eve

Clean Group presents the most glamorous party of the year – 2013 NEW YEAR’S PARTY. Celebrate the new year at Operaterrassen.


FFP New Years Eve
The New Years Eve Masquerade Ball! – Nalen Ballroom – 3 Course dinner – dinner show – then an extravagant party and show with international stars. FFP is Sweden’s most renowned Burlesque and Cabaret Club. Nalen, a vintage Jazz ballroom in the heart of Stockholm, hosts the club. The New Year Masquerade Ball at Nalen>>

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Each year the editors of Monocle selects 50 things from their travels the past year that they felt were exceptional.  This year Monocle has awarded Arlanda Express in Stockholm the second place on the list for being the best taxi to train set up. Congratulations!

To and from the airports

Arlanda Express, a partner of the Stockholm Gay & Lesbian Network, is the fastest way into town from Stockholm Arlanda Airport. It only takes 20 minutes from the airport to the Central Station in Stockholm. It’s also by far the most environmentally friendly way.

Our Swedish traditions are intimately connected to the seasons and the light. Swedish Midsummer is celebrated in the summer, when sunlight never really fades. And now, when sunlight is scarce, Lucia and her maidens of light conquer the winter darkness with candles and carols.

We celebrate Lucia today, on December 13. Lucia and her maidens come before dawn, shedding light on the darkness, and Lucia wears white and a crown of candles on her head. She and her maidens sing traditional Lucia songs and serve a breakfast of glögg (sweet, mulled red wine), saffron-flavored buns and gingerbread cookies. Visitors can take part in the Lucia tradition, and the main celebration is the coronation of Sweden’s Lucia at Skansen. Lucia concerts are held in churches throughout Stockholm.

If you want to get the goosebumps we recommend the Lucia concert at Friends Arena. The concert will consist of more than 1400 singing children and youths, accompanied by a live orchestra. Please note that the concert will take place on Saturday December 15.

More on Christmas in Stockholm>>


There’s a lot of things going on this week, all in the spirit of Pink Christmas!

Rainbow Mass, Pink Chanukah, Mixed Leather Xmas…

Download the program for Pink Christmas>>


RFSL, the Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights, is the host organization for the ILGA World 2012 Conference. The theme of the conference is “Global Rights, Global Respect”.

Visit for more information!


Photo: Whyred

Thanks to all of you who voted for Stockholm as Style Capital in NewNowNext Traveler’s Choice Awards!
Other nominees were Brooklyn, Paris, Tokyo, Instanbul and Berlin. Guess what? We won! 

Logo’s today announced the winners of its fourth annual travel awards.  The newly-named “NewNowNext Traveler’s Choice” honors the best of the most stylish, most exciting and hottest destinations and travel services of tomorrow.  Staying on the pulse of tomorrow’s trends today, several new categories were added to this year’s list including “Bossest Beach” and “Critical Event.”

Logo appointed a nominating panel of global travel experts to determine what destinations, hotels, airlines and events best emulate the “next best thing” in the travel industry.  Joining the panel this year were noted travel editors and writers from CondĂ© Nast Traveler, Condé Nast Traveller UK, Sherman’s Travel, Lonely Planet, New York magazine, Travel & Leisure, Out, The Advocate, Fodor’s, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Robb Report and Harper’s Bazaar Australia.

However, it was the fans of NewNowNext who determined which nominees deserved the title of “NewNowNext Traveler’s Choice.”  Travel enthusiasts voted for their favorites on

Voters also shared their top “NewNowNext Traveler’s Choice” categories on Facebook, which  then alerted and encouraged a voter’s friends or followers to sound-off on which nominees deserve such titles as “Sexiest Gay Bar,” “Ultimate Resort,” “Hottest Locals” and “Style Capital.”

All winners at>>

Love love love this time a year! The whole city glitters with Christmas lights!

Today is the first Sunday of Advent and people in Sweden will light the first candle in the Advent candlestick holder. This is always a special event, eagerly awaited. Each Sunday until Christmas, a candle is lit until all four candles are alight.

This is also the time when Christmas markets can be found around the city, offering Swedish Christmas candy and food, glögg (mulled wine) and a range of handicrafts and decorative arts.

Skansen, the open-air museum on DjurgĂ„rden, holds a big, traditional market and Stockholm’s oldest neighborhood, Gamla Stan (the Old Town), is full of shops and restaurants with cheerful, festive atmospheres.

Gamla Stan also hosts a famous Christmas market at Stortorget square. This Christmas market has been a tradition since the early 1900’s and is held every weekend in December leading up to Christmas.

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