More Than a Christmas Shopping: Julemarked

Photo : Ane Charlotte Spilde.

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These
markets were a common tradition in Norway even before Christmas became a
holiday. Many farms today sell their goods such as organic jams, home-knitted
sweaters, home-made soap and herbs at these markets. Artists, both professional
and amateur also use these opportunities to exhibit and sell their pieces of
art. Often you can purchase paintings, glass art, pottery and jewelry in
addition to specially designed clothes. The most exotic part of every market is
the blending smell of mulled wine, Christmas pudding, gingerbread cookies and
holiday donuts.

With all
they have to offer, Christmas markets are a unique place to experience a
pleasant and even old-fashioned Norwegian Christmas spirit, while finding unique
and original Christmas gifts.

In the Oslo
region alone, more and more Christmas markets have popped up recently. On
Youngsstorget, there has been a huge Christmas market throughout December; this
market has been Oslo’s largest. The National Museum of Bygdøy also organizes
child-friendly Christmas markets on weekends in December, with Santa Claus
workshops and market stalls.

Among all
traditional markets, Designers’ Christmas market in Grünerløkka provides a
different experience on Saturdays and Sundays in December.

Christmas at the Skjerven Farm

Christmas
market at Skjerven farm has something for the whole family, with many
activities for children including sheep shearing, the Christmas story and
home-made cakes for sale.

You can
also find a range of patchwork, crafts, Nordmark Honey from the farm, Christmas
decorations of the highest class, porcelain, wood carvings, pottery, and
knitting products.

Christmas at the Norwegian Folk Museum

The
Christmas Fair at the Norwegian Museum of Cultural History is a popular
tradition among both tourists and locals.

The
Christmas market has over 100 old-fashioned stalls where you can purchase
homemade crafts, Christmas decorations, cakes and other treats. The museum
cafés are decorated for the holidays and serve coffee, gingerbread cookies and
other Norwegian Christmas specialties.

In the
decorated houses you can see how Norwegians have celebrated Christmas through
the years. You can also visit Santa’s workshop and enjoy choral music and folk
dancing.

Old-fashioned Christmas at Bærums Verk

Get into
the Christmas spirit and enjoy the beautiful surroundings and small shops in
old houses from the 17th century at Bærums Verk.

Christmas
market: Old-fashioned Christmas market with lots of food and arts & crafts.
Open Saturdays (10:00-18:00) and Sundays (12:00-18:00).

Farmers’
Market: Sundays 12:00-18:00.

Horse &
carriage: Free horse and carriage rides Saturdays and Sundays 13:00-15:00.

Bærum
Girls’ Choir: Concerts on Saturdays at 13:00 and Sundays at 15:00.

Stabburskapellet:
The beautiful chapel Stabburskapellet is open Saturdays and Sundays,
13:00-16:00.

01-22          Sunday           12:00-18:00    Bærums Verk, Handelsstedet

07-21          Saturday         10:00-18:00    Bærums Verk, Handelsstedet

 

Photo: Aktiv Oslo

Farmers’ Christmas market (Bondens Marked)

The
Farmer’s Market is the place to buy food directly from the farm or
manufacturer. Here you can find great Christmas foods, and unique gifts for
family and friends.

07-21/12          Saturday         10:00-17:00    Valkyrie
plass

14/12         Saturday         11:00-17:00    Birkelunden

21/12/2013-21/12/2013          Saturday         10:00-17:00    Valkyrie
plass

Christmas market at Blå

Saturdays
and Sundays before Christmas you can visit the Christmas market around
“Blå” at Grünerløkka. Here you can find knit wear, jewellery,
ceramics, glass, wool, clothes, toys, paintings, bags etc.

The rest of
the year there is a Sunday market in the same place.

30/11-22/12         Saturday, Sunday       12:00-17:00    Blå

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