Christmas markets in Oslo

It’s four weeks until Christmas and in Norway we can already smell the chocolate and the ginger cookies. Lights decorate the streets in every city and the kids cross out on the calendar the days until Santa Claus come.

While waiting for this magical time, you can fill your bag with presents and decorations in one of the several markets that take place in Oslo these days.

Santa Claus is coming to town!
Santa Claus is coming to town!

Here‘s a list of most important Christmas markets Oslo.Do not miss any of them!

Margaretakyrkan Christmas Market

Hammersborg Torg 8B

Free of charge

Friday 20 November 11:00-18:00

Saturday 21 November 11:00-16:00

It’s a traditional Swedish Christmas market in a Church for Swedes in Oslo. The bazaar sells traditional food, handicrafts, Swedish fabrics, home backed snacks and coffee. Profits from the bazaar go to the NGO SOS Children’s Villages, to the Swedish Church in Toronto and to an aid program for poor inmigrants.

Spikersuppa Christmas Market

Eidsvolls plass

Free of charge

Monday-Sunday 28 November to 20 December 10:00-20:00

This is Oslo’s biggest Christmas market. Located in the city centre, you can walk around the many stands that offer Christmas delicacies and crafts. And of course enjoy the decorations in the streets.

Spikersuppa ice skating and Christmas market - Photo: Visit Norway
Spikersuppa ice skating and Christmas market – Photo: Visit Norway

Sami Christmas market

Samisk Hus, Trondheimsveien 2K

Free of charge

Saturday 28 November 12:00-17:00

This is a Christmas market arranged by Oslo sameforegning, an association for the Sami people in Norway. If you want to enjoy an unusual Christmas market, it’s the place to go! You can buy handicrafts and knitwear, including ones with Sami design.

Youngstorget Christmas Market

Youngstorget

Free of charge

Monday-Sunday 28 November to 22 December 11:00-18:00

Right in the centre of Oslo, you will find this cosy Christmas markets with food, drinks, gifts, Christmas decorations and much more. Youngstorget square is full of lights and Christmas decorations this time of the year.

Youngstorget in Christmas time - Photo: www.norwegian-poutine.no
Youngstorget in Christmas time – Photo: http://www.norwegian-poutine.no

Christmas market at the Botanical Garden

Sars’ gate/Monrads gate, Tøyen

Free of charge

Saturday 28 November 11:00-16:00

Outdoor Christmas market in the Botanical Garden. It’s not just a place to enjoy in the summer, but a very charming setting for their annual Christmas market. This is a cozy market where you can find arts and crafts, presents, food and drinks… There will be traditional dancing around the Christmas tree, choir singing, horse-and-wagon trips for kids, a visit by Santa Claus. While visiting, you can enjoy waffles, hot chocolate and mulled wine.

Medieval Christmas market at the Rudolf Steiner school

Flyveien 2, Hovseter

Free of charge

Saturday 28 November 11:00-17:00

Sunday 29 November 12:00-16:00

Large and atmospheric Christmas market where you can find homemade presents and toy. There is a medieval place with carousel, archery and knight tournaments with swords and shields, a catapult…, and also music and theatre performances by the school’s students.

Christmas market at Blå

Brenneriveien 9

Free of charge

Saturday and Sunday 28 November to 20 December 12:00-17:00

Around Blå at Grünerløkka you can find a Sunday market the whole year. But Saturdays and Sundays before Christmas you can visit the special Christmas market. Here you can find knit wear, jewellery, ceramics, wool, clothes, toys, etc.

Christmas market at Bogstad Manor

Sørkedalsveien 826

Adults/Children 70/30 NOK

Sunday 29 November 11:00-16:00

Bogstad Manor is an autentic house from the late 18th century. This traditional Christmas market will feature a bonfire, the Bog-stad troll, Christmas porridge in the barn and the sale of presents and traditional foods in the square in front of the Manor. The main building is decorated for the festivites according to old traditions.

Designers’ Christmas market

Hausmannsgate 16

40 NOK

Saturday 4 December 10:00-17:00

Sunday 5 December 10:00-17:00

Christmas market where designers sell their own products: clothes, jewellery, ceramics, glass, lamps, small furniture, etc.

American Christmas Market

Fritzners gate 15

Free of charge

Saturday 4 December 11:00-16:00

Sunday 5 December 12:00-16:00

Christmas market with an American theme, handicrafts and food. Santa Claus will be there, and you can even take a picture with him!

The Annual Christmas Fair at Norsk Folkemuseum

Museumsveien 10

Children 6-15 years: 40 NOK

Adults: 120 NOK

Senior/Student: 90 NOK

Family ticket: 250 NOK

Saturday and Sunday 5 to 13 December 11:00-16:00

The Christmas Fair at the Norwegian Folk Museum is a popular tradition among both tourists and locals. It has over 100 old-fashioned stalls, Christmas decorations, cakes… The museum’s cafés are decorated and serve coffee and gingerbread cookies.

In the houses you can see how Norwegians have celebrated Christmas though the years. You can also visit Santa’s workshop and enjoy choral music and folk dancing. Sounds good, doesn’t it?

Folk Museum Christmas market - Photo: www.lifeinnorway.net
Folk Museum Christmas market – Photo: http://www.lifeinnorway.net

Christmas market at Skjerven Farm

Maridalsveien 469

50 NOK (Family ticket: 150 NOK)

Saturday 12 December 12:00-16:00

Sunday 13 December 12:00-16:00

Annual Christmas market on Skjerven Farm in Maridalen in northern Oslo with high-quality Christmas gifts.

This market offers traditional Christmas activities: sleigh rides, Christmas porridge in the barn, storytelling for children and more.

written by María de la Cruz Gutierrez

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