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Tradition and ”hygge” at Norwegian Christmas markets

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Christmas time, mistletoe and wine! Before long, Christmas will be knocking at the door, and we want you to have plenty of reasons to really enjoy the festive season. So, we’d like to tell you about 15 wonderful Christmas markets in Norway where you’re certain to find some “hygge”.

Christmas Market in Drammen

Photo: Drammen Museum

Eastern Norway

Christmas in Bærums Verk

One of the country’s most charming Christmas streets will be ready to receive visitors on 23 November. In Bærums Verk, just outside Oslo, you can truly get in the mood for Christmas as you watch Christmas tree lights being turned on as choirs fill the village with beautiful hymns! You can also enjoy horse and carriage rides, dog sledding, plays and Christmas porridge. The tiny house and handmade sweets and gifts are a delight for people of all ages. The market stalls are open every weekend until 22 December.

When: 23 November - 22 December Where: Bærums Verk, Bærum

Find out more about Christmas at Bærums Verk here. (In Norwegian.)

Christmas at Norsk Folkemuseum

Norsk Folkemuseum Experience a traditional Christmas with memories of bygone days, and see how people prepared Norwegian Christmas pork ribs back in the 1920s. Photograph: Haakon Harris / Norsk Folkemuseum

The Christmas market is just part of what awaits you here at Norsk Folkemuseum, the Norwegian Museum of Cultural History, in the run-up to Christmas. This large and very beautiful museum has more than 100 stalls. Children can even make their own Christmas presents in the Santa’s workshop! Try traditional Norwegian “Hardanger Lefse”, a sweet and soft flat bread that is fried on an iron griddle. Join us on a journey back in time to numerous cities in Norway. You can also admire various cabins, smallholdings and apartments that have been decorated for Christmas just as they were in the time period they represent!

When: 30 November-1 December and 7-8 December
Where: Bygdøy, Oslo

Find out more about what awaits you at Norsk Folkemuseum.

Christmas in Winterland (Jul i Vinterland)

Jul i Vinterland The Ferris wheel in the shape of a Christmas star lights up Spikersuppa. Photograph: Jul i Vinterland

Right in the centre of Oslo, Spikersuppa is transformed into a wonderful winter wonderland! Come here to buy seasonal food and handmade gifts from the stalls. You might even like to try a ride on the Ferris wheel for stunning views of the city! Other attractions include a skating rink, Christmas workshop and gingerbread decoration!

When: 16 November to 30 December
Where: Spikersuppa by Karl Johan, Oslo

Read more about Christmas in Winterland.

Maihaugen’s Christmas market

Every year, during the first weekend of advent, there is a Christmas market in wonderfully traditional Maihaugen. With more than 120 stalls featuring lots of artisan crafts and handmade items, you’re sure to find some special Christmas gifts. In addition to plenty of activities for children and adults, many houses have also been transformed to depict how they would have looked way back. Come and see how people decorated their homes at Christmas time throughout the ages from the Middle Ages right up to the 1950s!

When: Weekend of 30 November-1 December Where: Maihaugen, Lillehammer

Find out more about Maihaugen’s Christmas market.

Christmas market at Fredriksten Fortress

Fredriksten festning Photograph: Visit Halden

The local tourist office organises a stunning Christmas market at the historic fortress in Halden. So, go ahead and combine a visit to the fortress with some warming gløgg (mulled wine), smultringer (doughnuts) and Christmas shopping!

When: 22, 23 and 24 November
Where: Fredriksten Fortress, Halden

Find out more about what’s on. (In Norwegian.)

Christmas market at Drammens Museum

Drammen Museum Locally produced and handmade produce is always a winner! Photograph: Drammens Museum

On 2 December, you can visit a traditional Christmas market at the Drammens Museum of Art and Cultural History. Come here to purchase a great variety of local produce such as honey, jam, knitwear, handicrafts and baked goods. You can also dance around the Christmas tree, try horse and carriage rides, marvel at the Christmas bonfire and get creative in the Christmas workshop!

When: Sunday 1 December
Where: Drammens Museum, Drammen

Find out more here. (In Norwegian.)

Christmas market in Geilo

Christmas markets aren’t just found in cities! You’ll even find some in the mountains. In Geilo, there is a small and charming Christmas market (think “hygge”) in the centre of town that runs between the middle of November until Christmas. Come and browse the stalls full of locally produced food, handmade gifts and a wonderful bonfire!

When: 22 November - 23 December
Where: Vesleslåttvegen, Geilo

Check the dates and find out more about the Christmas market in Geilo. (In Norwegian.)

Western Norway

Bergen Christmas Market

Bergen Julemarked Will you be among the visitors? Photograph: Bergen Julemarked

The city between the Seven Mountains is preparing for the Bergen Christmas Market. You’ll have plenty of opportunity to make the most of it as it will be open almost all throughout December! Come to Festplassen to enjoy a nice hot drink as you mingle around the many stalls. You can find everything from clothes and design to Christmas decorations, festive food and drinks here. And if you’re in Bergen between 16 November and 31 December, you really must make sure to visit the world’s largest gingerbread town! It’s quite an experience.

When: 28 November - 22 December
Where: Festplassen, Bergen

Find out more about Bergen Christmas Market. (In Norwegian.)

Christmas Joy in Stavanger

The festive season in Stavanger truly commences december 1st. It’s when the Christmas market appears and the Christmas tree lights are turned on at Domkirkeplassen. It’s when the Christmas Market in Old Stavanger starts and the Aftenblad Gingerbread Town opens. Then you also have the Christmas Market at Sølvbergtorget the following two weekends of Advent. And there are plenty of other Christmas activities going on in the city too!

When: 1 - 21 December Where: Central Stavanger

Find out more about Julefryd (Christmas Joy). (In Norwegian.)

Bypatrioten’s Christmas market in Ålesund

Indoors, inside the Korsatunellen, right in the middle of Ålesund sentrum, the Sunnmøre region’s largest Christmas markets awaits you! On the second weekend of Advent, the place is filled with handicrafts, local food and entertainment for both young and old.

When: 14 - 15 December
Where: Korsatunellen, central Ålesund

Follow the link to find out more. (In Norwegian.)

Trøndelag (central Norway)

Christmas market in Trondheim

The Christmas market in Trondheim welcomes visitors on no fewer than sixteen days! In addition to pottery, knitwear and jewellery, you can also buy Christmas trees here and plenty of edible Christmas goodies from the farmers market. The atmosphere here is wonderfully festive with various concerts and plays for guests to enjoy on two stages.

When: 6-21 December
Where: Torvet, Trondheim

Find out about the Christmas market in Trondheim.

Christmas market in Røros

During the second weekend in December, the shopping streets in central Røros are filled with festive cheer as the Christmas market stalls open for business! Come here to enjoy wonderful Christmas food and mulled wine, as well as a great selection of handmade crafts. With plenty of Christmas elves (julenisser), singing, music and magical horse and carriage rides, and sledding too, you’re certain to have a great time!

When: 5-8 December
Where: Bergmannsgata and Sangerhuset, Røros

Find out more about the Christmas market in Røros. (In Norwegian.)

So, how about a nice pre-Christmas getaway and the chance to buy some great Christmas presents too?

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