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Two smiling children next to the stalls at Røros Christmas Market in Trøndelag, Norway
Three smiling children at Røros Christmas Market in Trøndelag, Norway
Røros Christmas Market.
Photo: Fredrik Bye
Røros Christmas Market.
Photo: Fredrik Bye

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.

Christmas is approaching at the speed of stampeding reindeer hooves across a brilliant night sky. This means that the traditional Norwegian Christmas fairs are returning for another season of unique Christmas gifts, exciting artisan foods, and cosily lit winter streets.

Find the best places to go to celebrate Christmas in Norway.

In the weeks leading up to Christmas Eve, plenty of fairs pop up all around the country. Here’s a selection of eleven wonderful Christmas markets that will surely get you into the Christmas spirit.

  • Winter Wonderland in Spikersuppa, Oslo

    13 November–2 January
    (Closed 24 December)

    Spikersuppa, one of the capital’s Christmas fairs, lasts for well over a month. It takes place by the Spikersuppa skating rink on Oslo's main high street, Karl Johans gate, a mere stone’s throw from the Royal Palace. This year, the market will once again be held as normal, with all hands on deck to deliver a magical Christmas. The market features delightful food stalls, a romantic ice skating rink, and brand new family attractions including a new Ferris wheel!

  • Christmas market in Bergen

    12 November–22 December

    This year's Christmas market comes in a special edition and has been moved from its usual spot on Festplassen to Torgallmenningen. Although the new location means it will not feature its traditional Ferris wheel and horse carousel this year, there will be a large Christmas tree and a unique holiday atmosphere. Many of the most popular stalls from previous seasons will also be awaiting your visit. 

    Bryggen, Bergen
    Bryggen, Bergen.
    Photo: Bergen Tourist Board / Christer R​ømestads
  • Christmas market in Trondheim

    1–19 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.

    Large lavvo tents 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 in Trondheim
    Christmas market in Trondheim.
    Photo: Øyvind Blomstereng
  • Christmas market in Røros

    1–12 December

    If you’re looking to get into the holiday spirit, there are few places on this earth more suitable than Røros, the town that inspired Disney’s megahit “Frozen”. With its old wooden houses, a multitude of crafts shops, and cosy cafes, Røros is the kind of place where it’s hard not to feel a touch of Christmas the first day the snow settles in the streets.

    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 actual reindeer. For kids, the real adventure will probably be a visit to Santa.

    Two children sitting next to Santa Claus at Røros Christmas Market in Trøndelag, Norway
    Røros Christmas Market.
    Photo: Fredrik Bye
  • Jul i Viken, Christmas market in Lillestrøm

    26 November–19 December

    One of this year’s major new Christmas markets is Jul i Viken, which will be held at both Norges Varemesse and in the centre of Lillestrøm. Jul i Viken offers lots of fun for the whole family, with over 30 planned activities.

    How about taking Christmas dinner to new heights this year? With Dinner in the Sky, you can enjoy Christmas lunch or dinner while soaring 50 metres above the ground!

    You’ll find traditional Christmas market activities including a ferris wheel, indoor amusement park, food and arts and crafts stalls and a porridge party. In addition, you can take an alpaca walk or sleigh ride, meet Santa Claus, or take part in building the futuristic gingerbread town! Don’t miss the grand opening November 26-28, where you can see a spectacular 3D light show projected onto the buildings at Lillestrøm Torv!

  • Christmas market in Kristiansand

    27 November–22 December

    From the end of November until December 22nd, there’s a large Christmas market at the public square in Kristiansand. The market is inspired by Christmas markets found in other European cities and consists of several charming stalls filled with everything from handicrafts to tasty Christmas treats.

    Right next to the market you can test your skating skills at the big ice skating rink called “Kompis”.

    Christmas treats at the Christmas market Kristiansand in Southern Norway
    Kristiansand Christmas market.
    Photo: Elisabeth Høibo / Visit Kristiansand
  • Christmas at Bærums Verk

    27 November–22 December

    Experience a good, old-fashioned pre-Christmas celebration at Bærums Verk, with Christmas trees, horse and cart, Christmas music and performances.

    Here, you can listen to Christmas stories at Verket 1814 and admire crafts in the old workers’ houses. Join a historical walk or a sculpture park tour and let the little ones take part in fun Christmas workshops. The last four Sundays before Christmas Eve, you can buy locally-sourced treats – for yourself or to put under the Christmas tree – at the Farmer’s Market.

  • Norsk Folkemuseum’s annual Christmas fair

    4–12 December (only on weekends)

    One of Norway’s most popular Christmas markets 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.

    People shopping at Norsk Folkemuseum's Christmas fair in Oslo
    Norsk Folkemuseum, Oslo.
    Photo: Oddbjørn Farkvam / Visitnorway.com
  • Christmas market at Hadeland Glassverk

    30 October–19 December

    At Hadeland Glassverk, you can easily combine Christmas gift shopping and pre-Christmas cosiness. Here, you’ll find ten shops, five restaurants, an art gallery, and Norway’s largest indoor Christmas market.

    Blow your own Christmas ball, say hi to big and small elves, and join a sleigh ride through the Christmas-decorated glassworks village. This year the market also has an indoor ice rink in Gallery 2.

  • Pre-Christmas adventure in Henningsvær

    29 October–19 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 convey 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 harbour at sunset in winter, Lofoten, Northern Norway
    Winter in Henningsvær.
    Photo: Espen Mortensen / esmofoto.no / www.nordnorge.com/Vågan
  • Christmas market in Egersund

    2–12 December

    Surrounded by small, traditional wooden houses and a cosy atmosphere, there is nothing quite like the scents, sights, tastes, and sounds of the Christmas town to get you into the holiday spirit. The tradition of hosting the Christmas town dates back to 2004. This year, Santa Claus will be there to welcome you back!

Christmas markets 2021

29 October–19 December
Pre-Christmas adventure in Henningsvær

30 October–19 December
Christmas market at Hadeland Glassverk, Jevnaker

12 November–22 December
Christmas market in Bergen

13 November–2 January
(Closed 24 December)

Winter Wonderland in Spikersuppa, Oslo

26 November–19 December
Christmas market "Jul i Viken", Lillestrøm and Norges Varemesse

27 November–22 December
Christmas market in Kristiansand

27 November–22 December
Christmas at Bærums Verk

1–19 December
Christmas market in Trondheim

1–12 December
Christmas market in Røros

2–12 December (Thursdays through Sundays)
Christmas market in Egersund

4–12 December (weekends only)
Norsk Folkemuseum's annual Christmas fair, Oslo

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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