WHERE: Oslo, Norway
WHEN: From 05 November 2022 to 01 January 2023
Sparkling lights, icy slopes, trees all lit up and …. the magical atmosphere that only Christmas is able to give. Like a village of the crib, all snow-covered, Oslo manages to convey a joy and carefree, unique in its kind. For the happiness of all your senses.
Oslo is a romantic walk through the streets adorned with partying; Oslo is the spicy fragrance of pan gepato, and marzipan of which the air is impregnated; Oslo has the taste of gløgg, which warms your soul from the weather in the climate.
The first weekend of Advent marks the beginning of the festivities. For the occasion, numerous events are organized. The official start of the festivities takes place with the so-called Festival of Light. Karl Johans Gate, one of the main streets is more lively, is illuminated by sparkling lights and decorations.
Spend the Christmas period in this wonderful atmosphere. With your partner, or family. Beautiful alleys, squares and monuments are waiting to be discovered. And above all, the magic of the Oslo Christmas markets. Here are the Christmas events not to be missed.
Perhaps the most interesting and followed event. The fair takes place for only two December weekends in the beautiful Norsk Folkemuseums. It is a museum linked to Norwegian traditions and folklore, within the charming Bygdøy peninsula. Here, a typical Norwegian village is rebuilt, with over 150 historical houses in full Norwegian style, for this occasion, decorated according to the ancient Norwegian Christmas traditions.
You can wander through the over 100 stalls looking for typical Scandinavian handicrafts. All this, accompanied by performances, concerts and lots of activities for the little ones.
Open on 03, 04, 10 and 11 December 2022
11:00-16:00, Christmas market with concerts, workshops, exhibitions, stalls, traditional foods and many activities for the family.
13:00, Christmas play in Norwegian, Children’s Theater. Christmas Concert at the Norwegian Church Art Exhibit.
13:00, Christmas play in Norwegian, Children’s Theater.
15:00, Christmas in Oslo concert at the Grounds Festival.
And, again, throughout the period there are many activities: the carousel of poni for the little ones; a visit to the Trøndelag stable; the Santa Claus workshop in which the little ones can write their own letter; candle, ceramics and handicraft factory. And so much more.
The museum is accessible from 11:00 to 16:00 on Saturday and Sunday, upon purchase of the entrance ticket. Adults pay 180NOK and children from 18 to 25 years, 100NOK. Admission is FREE for under 17s.
Official website of the museum, http://norskfolkemuseum.no/en
PERIOD: from November to December
It is considered, by many, to be the most beautiful and lively of the Christmas in Oslo markets; as well as the most fascinating, thanks to the striking position along Piazza del Municipio, along the port’s bay. Suitable for everyone, adults and children, it is the traditional biggest market of the whole city.
You can stroll through beautiful and beautiful decorations, decorations and fantastic play of light that are reflected in the bay. Really an incredible sight!
Among the more than 100 exhibitors, you can buy home decorations, garlands, traditional handicrafts, drinks and the ever-present spicy and cinnamon sweets.
Photo, 2010 Vidariv
The most fashionable Christmas event in Norway, that is, the Christmas Market Designers. In addition, 100 exhibitors will be waiting for visitors in the beautiful location of Norsk design- og arkitektursenter (DOGA).
The building, home to the Norwegian Culture and Design Center in Oslo, is located right in the center of Hausmanns gate 16. For just one weekend in December (the 07 and 08) will host this famous flea market, bringing together well-known and lesser-known designers from all over Scandinavia.
Jewels, jewels, clothes, bags, pillows, fabrics, jewelery, ceramics, Norwegian handicrafts, and much more, you can find among the various stands. Many items, for the occasion, sold, mostly at bargain prices. Try to make some business.
PROGRAM: appointment for Saturday 03 and Sunday 04 December 2022, from 10:00 to 17:00. Admission is FREE.
Photo ©, Tuomo Lindfors
PERIOD: from 12 November 2022 to 01 January 2023
A market in the center, between the famous buildings Stortinget and Nationaltheatret, really beautiful and evocative. Every year attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors. Unique traditional products at bargain prices. You can walk and warm up by drinking gløgg; make purchases in the many stalls where you will be spoiled for choice. Traditional cakes and sweets; cured meat; warm wool sweaters and …. the inevitable Nisse, that is, the gnomes that you find everywhere.
The Market is particularly loved by families, for the many activities that are organized. Activities in which magic and emotion come together.
Workshops; magical fairy readings between elves and gnomes; music, choirs and Christmas carols with big and small musicians with wind instruments and clear voices like angels. Obviously, do not miss the house of Santa Claus: the right opportunity to take a picture with him.
Do not miss a romantic and suggestive walk along the Stjernehimmelen, the beautiful starry sky. Created in 2018, this stunning walkway illuminates the path that stretches from the Nationaltheater, along Stortingsgata to Eidsvoll Plass.
And what about a suggestive ice skating? Skøytebanen, is the ice rink, open every day of winter. ENTER IS FREE bringing your skates. Otherwise, you can rent them for the price of 120 crowns.
The visit, can not be said complete without a ride on the Pariserhjulet, the Ferris Wheel. It will be like being on the road to … .. the Christmas star. You will admire Oslo from above all shimmering: a truly magical spectacle. Cover yourself well: from this height you will risk getting really cold. Please note that children under 100cm must be accompanied. Ticket costs 96kr.
CALENDAR: the market is open from 12 November 2022, from 10:00 to 20:00. On Friday and Saturday, it closes at 21:00. Perfectly located in the center, between Roald Amundsens gate and Stortingsgata. For info and activities, the official website is available through this link.
Photo, 2007 Elin B
PERIOD: from 21 November to December 2022
An old iron production pole, this village, located about 50 minutes by bus from Oslo, is particularly known for its shops and shopping centers. The old foundry and the furnace have been transformed into a real commercial center, which at this time dresses up with beautiful Christmas decorations; restaurants, galleries, boutiques and craft shops, cafes shine with their own lights and decorations.
Right here, one of the biggest Christmas trees in all of Norway is set up.
You can reach Bærums Verk, from Oslo, in 50 approximately minutes by bus 143 or, alternatively, the 753.
Whether you stay in the center, or want to get away from the city for several kilometers, you can wander through numerous Christmas in Oslo markets. Youngstorget is the traditional event that takes place in the square of the same name around the fully illuminated ice rink. Open from mid-November to 22 December (times and dates to be confirmed), from 11:00 to 20:00, it welcomes about 50 stalls dedicated mostly to antiques and Scandinavian handicrafts, and to local gastronomy. Warm and welcoming atmosphere.
Stortorvet Square, in the heart of the capital, hosts the traditional Oslo Christmas markets from 05 November. Here you will find many souvenirs and Christmas gifts and a wide culinary offer. Open every day until December 23, 2022, from 11am to 8pm.
On the 26th and 27th of November, instead, an appointment with the Christmas edition of the VegetarFestival, an extraordinary event that revolves around plant-based delicacies. More info from this link.
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