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Where to find genuine Christmas cheer

As the December darkness descends, the whole of Norway comes to life. People are preparing for Christmas everywhere, but in the meantime, they carry on with sleigh rides, bathing, partying and having fun.

Røros

Røros dates back to 1646, a couple of years after copper ore was discovered in the area. The Norwegian Directorate for Cultural Heritage began conservation work as early as 1922 and the spectacular mix of continental and local heritage buildings led to Røros being listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site (www.verdensarvenroros.no) in 1980. The commercial and culture fair, Rørosmartnan, is widely known, but the run up to Christmas is also a good time to visit Røros. A cozy Christmas market is namely organized here every year. It's an opportunity to take a horse-drawn sleigh ride, make decorations, take in a concert and plenty more. If you like exacting winter activities, you can go on a sled dog ride with your own team of huskies (roroshusky.no). Bring warm and outdoor clothing as the record low temperature in Røros was an incredible minus 50 degrees. But that's all part of the charm, according to the locals.

Julemarked Røros

6 – 9 December 2018

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Hør god musikk og kjøp gavene på julemarkedet i Trondheim. Foto: Øyvind Blomstereng

Trondheim Christmas Market

Here you can gorge yourself on Christmas products and culture events. This year, there will be 75 exhibitors and over 100 events at the Trondheim Christmas Market. See a concert, take a horse-drawn sleigh ride and sample some of the regional specialties, cheeses, cakes and candies and delicious drinks. And if you're looking for Christmas presents, there's a big choice of wonderful high quality handmade arts and crafts work to buy.

Trondheim Christmas Market

Torvet, Trondheim

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7 – 19 December 2018. Open Monday to Saturday from 11.30am to 7.30 pm and Sundays from 1pm to 7pm.

Bærums verk

Iron was discovered in Bærum in the 17th Century and King Christian IV had an ironworks built here. Over the following two centuries, production here ranged from nails to canons, and the industry was an important engine for growth in the area. The old buildings are still in place today, but the output is very different. Many small galleries and workshops produce beautiful practical products, while Kunstværket Galleri exhibits sculpture and other works of art by 60 famous Norwegian artists. You can also learn more about the history of ironworking here at Ovnsmuseet.But there's an even greater buzz at Bærums verk at this time of year when the nostalgic Christmas Market opens. There are different activities arranged each day for both children and adults between the small buildings. This year, excerpts from the musical “Annie” will be played along with other theater. You can also try your hand at glassblowing. Maybe you can make your own Christmas tree bauble? And why not ward off the outdoor cold by stepping inside to order something sweet and hot. There’s also a local farmers’ market here.

Bærums verk

Verksgata 15, Bærums verk

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From 24 November to 23 December 2018.

Den vesle byen Drøbak ved Oslo-fjorden er verdt et besøk sommer som vinter.

Nissebyen Drøbak

A Santa's elf helper sits on the steps. Another sticks a nosy head out of a cabin. Santa's elves are doing their daily chores all around, cooking porridge, making Christmas presents or simply trying to trick people. Tregaarden’s Julehus in Drøbak, 35km south of Oslo, looks exactly like Father Christmas’s workshop. Owner Eva Johansen started julehuset in 1988 and sells her own Christmas decorations and has really put Drøbak on the world map. Tourists come here from all round the world. It's not just at Tregaarden's Julehus where you can get a really good Christmas feeling. The old buildings in Drøbak have been decorated in seasonal tidings and the scent of hot chocolate and sweet Christmas cakes and pastries from charming cafés fills the air. Father Christmas has his own post office and any letters you post from there will be postmarked “Julenissen 1440 Drøbak”. Pretty cool, don't you think?

Tregaarden’s Julehus

Havnebakken 6, Drøbak

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Julebyen Egersund

Egersund goes all out at Christmas time. The whole town is turned into a lively market where singing, music and Christmas shopping go hand in hand. You can enjoy candy and mulled wine at the many stalls or see a concert. And naturally, you can do some Christmas shopping here. In fact, many of the products on sale will have been made by eager children in Egersund. This year, additional trains will run from Stavanger to Egersund.

Egersund

The Christmas Market is open from 6 – 16 December 2018.

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Det gamle glassverket på Hadeland ikke langt fra Oslo byr på teater og julebord i førjulstiden. Foto: Heidi Widerøe

Hadelands glassverk

The people at Hadeland have been experts in glass making ever since 1765. The oldest still existing industrial enterprise in Norway was established at the Mo estate in Jevnaker. While they originally produced practical products such as vials and kitchenware, Hadeland is now famous for its beautiful glass art. The glassworks is very traditionalist, but also produces bold contemporary designs, from time to time. Which is why it's a good place to go Christmas shopping. We recommend allowing a whole day here, as there is a great deal to see and do: You can create your own glass, sample beer, view exhibitions in the glass museum and you can also catch a production of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. And if you're hungry you can enjoy traditional Christmas food.

Hadeland glassverk

Glassverksveien 9, Jevnaker

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Hvert år er det julemarked på Norsk folkemuseum på Bygdøy i Oslo. Foto: CH - Visit Norway

Norsk folkemuseum, Oslo

At Bygdøy folkemuseum, you’ll find a wonderful old-fashioned Christmas atmosphere on two weekends in December. Local children's choirs sing classic Christmas carols and wonderful folk songs, you can buy are toffee apples, while the market women have everything you could wish for in Christmas decorations.

Norsk folkemuseum

Museumsveien 10, Oslo

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Weekends 1 – 2 December and 8 – 9 December 2018

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