This year, Christmas in Umeå Centrum offers a packed program with everything from Christmas cinema on Rådhustorget, Santa run and a visits by Santa himself and his reindeers. Here you will find this year's Christmas activities in Umeå City centre 2023

Activities in Umeå Centrum 2023

Recurring events


Santas mailbox

1 november – 21 december

Send wishlist to Santa Claus

In the middle of the center, Santa Claus has placed a large, magical mailbox where all children can send their wish lists to Santa. The mailbox is at Äppellunden on Rådhustorget.



chistmas gift

3 december – 17 december

Christmas gift hunt in the center

On the 1st of Advent, the Christmas gift hunt starts in Umeå Center with 10 hidden Christmas gifts in the shop windows of selected stores. Everyone who participates and finds all the Christmas presents has a chance to win a Umeå Centrum gift card with a value of SEK 2,000.

Here's how to participate:
- Walk around the city center and find all 10 Christmas presents (the Christmas presents are in shop windows after Kungsgatan and Rådhusesplanaden)
- State which stores you find Christmas presents in via this link.
- Finish by entering your email address. The winners will be contacted via email on 23 December.
- Keep your fingers crossed that you are one of those who win a Umeå Centrum gift card.


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Christmas cinema

3 december 12.00 to 16.00 pm

Christmas cinema at Rådhustorget

On the 1st of Advent, we start the celebration by showing a Christmas film on Rådhustorget. Movies shown is the childrens movie Titina and Sällskapsresan 1 (both in swedish). On site there are seats with reindeer skins an warming fires.


santa disco

9 December

Santa Disco at Rådhustorget

The second Advent weekend kicks off with a thrilling Christmas disco! Santa Claus will play music from the stage and dance with all the disco-loving children. Put on your Santa hat - now we'll fill Rådhustorget with little dancing elves. The Santa Disco starts at 13:00. 


Santa Run

9 December

Take part in Santa Run

For the seventh year, Santa Run will be held in Umeå, which means that the city center will be crawling with both small and large Santa Clauses. The race is a "Fun Run" that is walked, jogged, or run entirely without haste and stress - all dressed as Santa Clauses! The course is about 1 km for the younger participants and 4 km for adults, everyone starts at the same time. The warm-up starts at 2:15 PM and the race starts at 2:30 PM.



13 December


Lucia is a holiday celebrated in Sweden on December 13th, and it is one of the most popular holidays in the country. On Lucia, we will enjoy a magical Lucia procession that glides through the center. The train starts at 4:00 PM at Stadskyrkan (the Town Church) and goes towards the center through Utopia, MVG and Sagagallerian where they will sing atmospheric Christmas songs.


Meet Santa

16 December from 12:00 to 3:00 PM

Meet Santa Claus & Magic Peppe

On the third Advent, no less than Santa Claus himself will be at Rådhustorget to receive all the children's Christmas gift wishes for Christmas Eve. To mark the occasion, he has also invited Magic Peppe to show magic tricks and other entertaining acts.


Christmas cinema

December 23rd 12:00-16:00

Christmas movie at Rådhustorget

On the day before Christmas, it's time to relax, take the kids out and enjoy the Christmas atmosphere in the city center. Klara the Cow Celebrates Christmas (all spoken in Swedish) will be shown on a movie screen on the Town Square. There will be seats with reindeer hides next to warming fires.

Showtimes: 12:00, approx. 13:00 and approx. 14:00



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