Winter 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.
Skjerven gård Maridalsvn. 469 0890 Oslo
Telefon: 22 23 40 29
Christmas at the Norwegian Folk Museum
09 December between 11.00 – 16.00
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.
The Designers’ Christmas Market
Saturday/Sunday 8/9 December: 10:00 – 18:00
At the Designers’ Christmas market you can meet exhibitors from home and abroad. Here you will find jewelry, artwork, clothing, furniture, lamps and much more.
DogA, Hausmannsgate 16, 0182 Oslo
Old Fashioned Christmas in Bærums Verk
From Monday to Sunday between 1 December – 16 December at 10:00-18:00
Christmas street in Bærums Verk is open every Saturday and Sunday until Christmas Eve. Christmas street is an old-fashioned Christmas market featuring a farmers market, reindeer, horse and sleigh and entertainment.
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.
Reindeer and sleigh: Saturdays and Sundays 12:00-15:00. Free rides for the children.
Bærum Girls’ Choir: Concerts on Saturdays at 13:00 and Sundays at 15:00.
Stabburskapellet: The beautiful chapel Stabburskapellet open Saturdays and Sundays 13:00-16:00.
Farmers’ Christmas Market in Birkelunden
08. December 11.00-16.00
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!