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Tradition and “hygge” at Norwegian Christmas markets
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!
Christmas in Bærums Verk
When: 25 November to 23 December
Where: Bærums Verk, Bærum
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.
Christmas at Norsk Folkemuseum
When: 2-3 and 9-10 December
Where: Bygdøy, Oslo
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!
Christmas in Winterland (Jul i Vinterland)
When: 18 November to 30 December
Where: Spikersuppa by Karl Johan, Oslo
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!
Maihaugen’s Christmas market
When: Weekend of 2-3 December
Where: Maihaugen, Lillehammer
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!
Christmas market at Fredriksten Fortress
When: Weekend of 24-26 November
Where: Fredriksten Fortress, 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!
Jul i Gamlebyen
When: 2-3, 9-10 and 16-17 December
Where: Gamlebyen, Fredrikstad
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.
Christmas market at Drammen Museum
When: Sunday 3 December
Where: Drammen Museum, Drammen
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!
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!
Bergen Christmas Market
When: 7-23 December
Where: Festplassen, Bergen
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.
Christmas Joy in Stavanger
When: Every weekend in December
Where: Central 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!
Bypatrioten’s Christmas market in Ålesund
When: 9-10 December
Where: Korsatunellen, central 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.
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.
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?
Trøndelag (central Norway)
Christmas market in Trondheim
When: 8-20 December
Where: Torvet, Trondheim
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.
Christmas market in Røros
When: 7-10 December
Where: Bergmannsgata and Sangerhuset, 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!
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.