Christmas is a special time in Oslo, where there is lots of snow and ideal Christmas weather in December. The days are shorter, but the festive lights, a cup of hot gløgg and some holiday shopping, can really lift people's spirits.
Christmas in Winterland | Jul i Vinterland (November 14, 2020–January 03, 2021)
Christmas in Winterland (Jul i Vinterland) is the main Christmas market in Oslo, located on Karl Johan street, in front of the Royal Palace. The cozy wooden stalls sell handicrafts, food, and hot drinks. Shoppers can buy cured meats and warm Norwegian sweaters. Kids are entertained with gingerbread workshops, Santa's residence and handmade presents. There is also a large Ferris wheel and an ice rink that add to the festive atmosphere.
Julemarked på Youngstorget (November 16–December 22, 2019)
If the weather is not being friendly, visitors can move to an indoor Christmas market at Youngstorget (Julemarked på Youngstorget). It is held in heated traditional lavvu tents. The market features lots of Christmas decorations and handmade souvenirs.
Designers Own Christmas Market at DOGA (dates TBA)
If you are looking for a more artsy fair, head to Designers Own Christmas Market at DOGA. The Norwegian Centre for Architecture and Design (DOGA) is the place to hunt for unconventional gifts and design items from over 140 exhibitors. Here you'll find furniture, pottery, clothes, illustrations, jewellery, and art. Come and meet international and Norwegian designers spread across the three floors of DOGA.
Norsk Folkemuseum's Christmas Fair (dates TBA)
The annual Norsk Folkemuseum's Christmas Fair features over 100 Christmas stalls, pony rides, farm animals, Santa's workshops, candle factory and exhibits about Norwegian Christmas traditions.