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Christmas Markets in Oslo

Christmas time in Oslo, as in most European cities, begins in early December with city decorations, lights and Christmas fairs (Julemarked).

Christmas tents and stalls are placed on bigger squares like Youngstorget but the most visited fair in Oslo is the one between the National Theater and the Parliament Building, where a mini skating ring is also set up.

The big Christmas market, Jul i Vinterland, on Skipersuppa near the Grand Hotel was opened last weekend, on 17th of November and it will remain open until 30th December.

The market is open daily from 10am to 8pm during the week and from 10am til 9pm on the weekends.


The fair offers everything from winter accessories, to all kinds of workshops for kids, ice skating, riding the Ferris wheel or a visit to Santa Claus.

The food offered ranges from savory dishes to sweet as well, so you can try different kinds of sausages (frankfurter, curry sausage, bratwurst or traditional Christmas sausage julepølse), moose burger, gnocchis or Spanish churros, Norwegian pancakes svele or Asian types of bubble waffles.

If you get cold you can always grab a glass of warm drinks such as tea, coffee, hot cocoa or gløgg (the Scandinavian version of “mulled wine”) with or without alcohol. Just make sure you drink enough water in between!