The celebration of “Lillajul” is a reminder in the Christmas spirit of the coming celebrations in December. A cherished element, especially among families with children, is a small version of a christmas tree. If the children are lucky there may also be one or two little elves knocking on the door and throwing in small Christmas presents – or they may find them under the tree. In the evening friends and family gather for dinner, often with foods with a taste of Christmas. It is also popular to book a table at a restaurant’s grand Christmas buffet.
A visit to the yearly Christmas market in Jan Karlsgården in Sund is also a tradition. The Christmas market at the open-air museum is the oldest market event in Åland and attracts visitors and market sellers from all over Åland. There are sales of local handicrafts, home-baked bread, jams, drinks, candles and a lot more. You can even leave your wishing list to Santa Claus in the main house of the old farmyard.
Bring your family and friends and jump start your Christmas Holidays by celebrating Lillajul in Åland. Stay conveniently in a hotel, B&B or in a winter insulated cottage. Book your journey, accommodation and activities via our online booking or contact travel organisers for ready-made travel packages and further information.