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Christmas market in Bergen with Ferris wheel and Christmas lights
Christmas market in Bergen.
Photo: Bergen Reiselivslag / Robin Strand / visitBergen.com
Christmas market in Bergen with Ferris wheel and Christmas lights
Christmas market in Bergen.
Photo: Bergen Reiselivslag / Robin Strand / visitBergen.com

Here are some of Norway’s best Christmas markets

Soak up the atmosphere at one of Norway’s many Christmas markets and fairs and find tastes and gifts you won’t get anywhere else.

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  • Winter Wonderland in Spikersuppa, Oslo

    16 November–30 December
    (Closed 24 and 25 December)

  • One of the capital’s Christmas fairs lasts for well over a month by Spikersuppa on the main street Karl Johans gate, a mere stone’s throw away from the Royal Palace. Winter Wonderland combines delicious food and delicacies, high-quality craft, a Ferris wheel, and lots of additional fun for the whole family.

    During the winter season, Spikersuppa is Norway’s most popular public ice skating rink. Entrance is free, so bring your skates and practise your pirouettes.

  • The designers’ own Christmas market at DOGA

    7–8 December

  • Since the idea was conceived around a small kitchen table in 1999, the designers’ market in Oslo has become one of the most reliable sources for quality design around Christmas. Here you’ll find gifts unavailable anywhere else – at least not before well into the next year.

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  • Maihaugen’s Christmas market

    30 November–1 December

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    The museum’s traditional Christmas market features decorated houses ranging from the Middle Ages to the 1950s along with Christmas workshops, gingerbread baking, puppet shows, woodcarving, Christmas card photography, and more than 120 stalls selling a variety of local wares.

    If you want to experience the good old Christmas feeling, you can visit historic homes decorated for Christmas.

  • Norsk Folkemuseum’s annual Christmas fair

    30 November–1 December and 7–8 December

  • One of Norway’s most popular Christmas fairs is Norsk Folkemuseum’s annual Christmas fair, and understandably so. At the open-air museum in Oslo, visitors can buy Christmas gifts from more than a hundred stalls as they wander through a historical retelling of Christmases both decades and centuries past.

    The whole museum is decorated in line with various customs and eras, allowing you to experience anything from Christmas Eve in a fancy merchant’s home in 1769 to the home of a rural Norwegian family in 1959.

  • Christmas market in Røros

    5–8 December

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    And then the real magic starts. Children with rosy cheeks and locally produced artisan wares like knitted gloves, glassware, cured sausages, smoked salmon, and woodwork line the streets during what could conceivably be named the mother of all Christmas fairs.

    This is where you go for a horse-drawn sleigh ride underneath a sheepskin blanket, or to have close encounters with real reindeer. For kids, the real adventure will probably be a visit to Santa.

  • Bergen Christmas market

    28 November–22 December

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    For that optimal Christmas spirit, visit the impressive Gingerbread town – the world’s largest of its kind.

  • Christmas market in Trondheim

    6–21 December

  • At the Christmas market in Trondheim, you’ll come in close contact with farmers and craftspeople eager to tell the stories behind their wares, whether you’re showing interest in a ceramic bowl at the wooden stalls or some exotic jam in the tent that is home to the Farmer’s market.

    Five large lavvo tents will be built to serve as both café and indoor stage, featuring fireside troubadours, local food, and a theatre performance for children.

    Lastly, at the Torvscenen stage, you’ll find a constant stream of talented artists and bands putting on concerts for the benefit of the Salvation Army’s charity work.

  • Christmas market Haugesund

    28 November–8 December

  • You’ll get a happy dose of Christmas spirit when visiting the Rådhusplassen square in Haugesund. There you’ll find one of Norway’s largest Christmas fairs with thousands of visitors each year.

    From the market stalls, you can purchase homemade items such as glass, knitwear, Christmas cakes, cured meats, Christmas ornaments, and other handicrafts. Local bands and choirs contribute to a jolly good start to your Yuletide shopping.

    There is plenty of fun for kids at the fair, with the traditional Santa Claus parade as one of the highlights. Also, be sure not to miss the gingerbread town at Gamle Slakthuset, which is only a minute away from the Christmas market.

  • Pre-Christmas fun in Henningsvær

    1 November–22 December

  • Northern Norway is about much more than the midnight sun – especially as the Christmas spirit is lurking around the corner. And few places in Norway conveys the mood of this holiday like Henningsvær bathed in northern lights.

    With tall mountains and deep fjords as a picturesque frame you can buy local glass crafts and ceramic (or make your own!), dive into regional delicacies such as the Lofot caviar and paté, or borrow a kicksled for cruising the wintry streets.

    Henningsvær
    Henningsvær.
    Photo: Espen Mortensen / esmofoto.no / www.nordnorge.com/Vågan

  • Christmas market Egersund

    5–15 December

  • Every year, sellers from all over Europe set up shop in Julebyen in the small town of Egersund in Fjord Norway. With charming wooden houses as a backdrop, this is where you go to smell, taste, and hear the Christmas spirit. In Julebyen, Norwegian Christmas traditions are mixed with other European influences, to make the market as diverse as possible.

    Popular Christmas markets

    16 November– 30 December
    (Closed 24 and 25 December)

    Winter Wonderland in Spikersuppa, Oslo

    7–8 December
    The designers’ own Christmas market at DOGA, Oslo

    30 November–1 December
    Maihaugen’s Christmas market, Lillehammer

    30 November–1 December and 7–8 December
    Norsk Folkemuseum’s annual Christmas fair, Oslo

    5–8 December
    Christmas market in Røros

    28 November–22 December
    Bergen Christmas market

    6–21 December
    Christmas market in Trondheim

    28 November–8 December
    Christmas market Haugesund

    1 November–22 December
    Pre-Christmas fun in Henningsvær, Lofoten

    5–15 December
    Christmas market in Egersund

Christmas the Norwegian way

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Read up on everything Norwegians do and eat before and during the holiday season.

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