Oslo Christmas Market Reviews
A small, but charming Christmas Market Dec 22, 2012
The Oslo Christmas Market has been moved from the City Hall Square to the little park (Spikersuppa) in the city centre, between the Parlament and the National Theatre.
On the 1st of December it was officially opened by the mayor of Oslo. In a cosy atmosphere around the illuminated ice rink there are around 40 stands with most things that belong to Christmas. From the 29th November until the 23rd of December the Christmas Market is open from 10 am until 8 pm. On weekends the Afterski bar and the Moose burger bar are open until 11pm.
A wide selection of products are for sale. Homemade meatballs, Norwegian gourmet cheeses, spare ribs, smoked salmon and a variety of other fish products, game from Sjåk, plenty of delicious curd meat as well as traditional Chrismas cakes and sweets.
You can also get a variety of Christmas gifts like Norwegian produced wool porducts, wool hats, wool gloves, wool socks, wool scarves, wool hats and beautiful wool sweaters. There are also jewlery, pottery, candles, shawls, stone craft in slates, paintings, Sami handicraft and much more. You just have to check it out for yourself!
If you just want to wander around, try some of the food and drinks! What about a moose burger, homemade sausasges with mashed potatoes or a Christmas skewer, or waffles, fresh cinnamonrolls or glazed almonds! To drink, there are beer, glühwein, Norwegians barrel matured aquavit and other warm drinks with or without alcohol.
I can recommend the Christmas Market if you are in Oslo! It is smaller than it used to be. I missed some of the traditional Christmas cakes. I overheared one of the vendors tell a friend that they paid NOK 47.000 (USD 8.400) to rent a wooden hut for the Christmas market period. Maybe no wonder why fewer stands are occupied! Anyway, bring your friends, colleagues and family to enjoy yourself in peacheful surroundings in an otherwise stressed pre Christmas time. Don't forget to try the reindeer sleigh (11am-2pm and 5 pm-8pm)!
www.julemarked.no This website has some information in English and some in German
Part of the Lovely Christmas Markets around the World travel blog
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