Christmas time, mistletoe and wine! Before long, Christmas will be knocking at the door, and we want you to have plenty of reason 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”. Visit your nearest one or plan a short getaway to escape the stresses of this busy season! It’s time to get festive!

Eastern Norway

Christmas in Bærums Verk

When: 25 November to 23 December
Where: Bærums Verk, Bærum

Værtshuset at Bærums Verk
Christmas cheer is guaranteed in the dining room of Værtshuset. Photograph: Bærums Verk

One of the country’s most charming Christmas streets will be ready to receive visitors on 25 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 17 December.

Find out more about Christmas at Bærums Verk here.

Christmas at Norsk Folkemuseum

When: 2-3 and 9-10 December
Where: Bygdøy, Oslo

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!

Find out more about what awaits you at Norsk Folkemuseum.

Christmas in Winterland (Jul i Vinterland)

When: 18 November to 30 December
Where: Spikersuppa by Karl Johan, Oslo

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 47 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!

Read more about Christmas in Winterland.

Maihaugen’s Christmas market

When: Weekend of 2-3 December
Where: Maihaugen, Lillehammer

Maihaugen
You’re certain to get into the festive spirit at Maihaugen’s Christmas market. Photograph: Audbjørn Rønning / Maihaugen

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!

Find out more about Maihaugen’s Christmas market.

Christmas market at Fredriksten Fortress

When: Weekend of 24-26 November
Where: Fredriksten Fortress, Halden

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!

Find out more about what’s on.

Jul i Gamlebyen

When: 2-3, 9-10 and 16-17 December
Where: Gamlebyen, Fredrikstad

Christmas in Gamlebyen, Fredrikstad
Sweet treats are a must in the run-up to Christmas! Photograph: Trine Sirnes / Visit Fredrikstad & Hvaler

There are also plenty of charming seasonal events to be enjoyed in Fredrikstad. Jul i Gamlebyen (Christmas in Gamlebyen) actually incorporates several Christmas markets, as well Christmas concerts and activities such as glassblowing.

Find out more information about Jul i Gamlebyen.

Christmas market at Drammen Museum

When: Sunday 3 December
Where: Drammen Museum, Drammen

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

On 3 December, you can visit a traditional Christmas market at the Drammen 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!

Find out more here.

Christmas market in Geilo

When: Three weekends between 17 November and 23 December
Where: Vesleslåttvegen 13, 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!

Check the dates and find out more about the Christmas market in Geilo.

Western Norway

Bergen Christmas Market

When: 7-23 December
Where: Festplassen, Bergen

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

The city between the Seven Mountains is preparing for the Bergen Christmas Market – for the first time! 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 18 November and 31 December, you really must make sure to visit the world’s largest gingerbread town! It’s quite an experience.

Find out more about Bergen Christmas Market.

Christmas Joy in Stavanger

When: Every weekend in December
Where: Central Stavanger

Museum Stavanger
Tasty traditional burnt almonds – a favourite at Christmas time! Photograph: Oddbjørn Erland Aarstad/Museum Stavanger

The festive season in Stavanger truly commences around the first weekend of Advent. 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!

Find out more about Julefryd (Christmas Joy).

Bypatrioten’s Christmas market in Ålesund

When: 9-10 December
Where: Korsatunellen, central Ålesund

Bypatrioten’s Christmas market
Delicious gifts at Bypatrioten’s Christmas market. Photograph: Bypatrioten AS

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.

Follow the link to out more.

Christmas market in Haugesund

When: 23-26 November, 2-3 and 9-10 December
Where: Rådhusplassen, Haugesund

Did you know that one of Norway’s largest Christmas markets is located in Haugesund? Several thousand visitors come to enjoy it every year to delight in the delicious sweet treats and handmade crafts! Children can look forward to both Alex Tivoli, pony rides and musical performances.

Find out more here.

Southern Norway

Christmas market in Kristiansand

When: Sunday 3 December
Where: Friluftsmuseet in Kongsgård, Kristiansand

The Christmas market in the open-air museum in Kongsgård is one of the very largest in Southern Norway, and also one of the most popular! In addition to the many stalls selling gift items, there are also plenty of activities here including horse and carriage rides, storytime and the chance to meet Santa! You can also treat yourself to a nice coffee and svele cake – or how about a delicious sausage straight from the grill?

Find out more here.

Trøndelag (central Norway)

Christmas market in Trondheim

When: 8-20 December
Where: Torvet, Trondheim

Christmas market in Trondheim
December evenings are truly magical here at Torvet in Trondheim. Photograph: Foto: Øyvind Blomstereng

The Christmas market in Trondheim welcomes visitors on no fewer than thirteen 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.

Find out about the Christmas market in Trondheim.

Christmas market in Røros

When: 7-10 December
Where: Bergmannsgata and Sangerhuset, Røros

Christmas shopping in Røros
Do some Christmas shopping as you wander around among the colourful wooden houses and white snow in Røros. Photograph: Thomas Rasmus Skaug / Visitnorway.com

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!

Find out more about the Christmas market in Røros.

 

So, how about a nice pre-Christmas getaway and the chance to buy some great Christmas presents too? View all our hotels in Norway here.