Oslo, the capital of Norway, is obviously the most attractive Norwegian city and one of the most visited cities in the entire Scandinavia. It attracts thousands of tourists every year by its combination of old traditions and modernity that makes Oslo so unique and unsurpassed. Since Norway in general is a winter country, it is not surprising that Christmas time is a very special period in Oslo with the atmosphere of magic and wonders. In this article we will tell, what to do and where to go in the Norwegian capital, if you appear to be here during Christmas holiday.
Where to eat in Oslo?
This unique restaurant that is located right in the heart of Nordmarka approximately 40 minutes by public transport from the city center, is known for its old traditions that have been maintained by its owners for a couple of centuries already. Only there you can try traditional Norwegian cuisine that dates back to the 1800s and enjoy a magnificent view of the Oslo fjord.
If you find yourself tired and hungry in the city center of Oslo, then the best place to go will be definitely the restaurant of traditional Norwegian cuisine – Lorry’s. It is located near the King’s Castle and is considered to be one of the best places in Olso for Christmas dinner. During this magic and very special time of the year, the restaurant can boast of some special meals that you will hardly find somewhere else, such as ribbe, lutefisk and a Norwegian famous apple pie.
This restaurant is fairly considered to be one of the oldest in the Norway’s capital that attracts guests by its old building of the 18the century, wood panelling, candlelight, draped curtains and, of course, delicious food. Here you can try fresh seafood and reindeer prepared according to age-old recipes.
Since Oslo is one of the most expensive cities in the world, prices in restaurant are quite high, especially in Christmas: an average price for dinner or lunch is between $25 and $55 per person.
Where should you drink?
Oslo can boast not only of many restaurants, but also of numerous places to drink: bars, pubs, and wine bars, some of which are presented below
Wine lovers usually choose this bar because of its rich variety of wines all over the world. Cosy, warm and hospitable Dr. Kneipp’s is the best place to spend some time in a relaxing atmosphere with a glass of wine before heading to Christmas dinner in one of the restaurants described above.
If you would like to try real Norwegian beer and to spend great time with your family or friends, the bar Tilt is the right place to be. Only there you can play arcade games, shuffleboard, or flipper by holding a glass of one of 19 sorts of beer offered here.
Feeling cold in Oslo and want to feel true Italian hospitality? Then you should go to one of the most famous Italian wine bars in the city located right in the heart of Oslo. Enoteca Svanen is more than just a bar – it is like a small piece of Italy, where you can warm your soul and stomach with fine Italian wine and delicious appetizers.
In average one pint of beer in Oslo breweries will cost $10, while the glass of wine costs between $10 and $16.
Christmas market in Oslo
Once December comes, many Christmas markets appear in Oslo and the city is filled with the smell of traditional ginger cookies and chocolate. The main and the biggest Christmas market in Oslo is open annually on the Eidsvoll square in the city center. There you can enjoy Christmas music and walk around numerous stands that offer Norwegian Christmas crafts and delicacies. Another Christmas fair that fascinates visitors with its magnificent Christmas setting is organized every year in the Botanical garden. It is definitely the best place for trying mulled wine, sweet waffles and chocolate. Moreover, only here you can see the traditional Christmas dancing around the Christmas tree and even meet the real Santa!
Where to go and what to in Oslo on Christmas?
Winter and especially Christmas in Oslo is magic time with many opportunities for fun and entertainment. If you would like to make your Christmas holidays in the Norway’s capital more varied, here are some suggestions of places where you can go.
Oslo Winter Park
Oslo is the place of winter fun and outdoor activities. For those, who want to enjoy winter holidays to the full, we recommend to go to the Oslo Winter Park – the largest ski resort of the capital that you can easily get by public transport for less than 30 minutes from the city center. It is equipped with 18 slopes for skiing and snowboarding both for professionals and beginners.
Christmas shops in Oslo are the true paradise for every shopaholic. A great variety of shops and shopping malls are located in the main shopping street – Karl Johans gate, where you can find all types of Christmas decorations and gifts. Even if you are not going to buy anything, it is still a great pleasure immerse yourself in a busy Christmas atmosphere and do some window-shopping.
Christmas church concerts
Those who would like to get some aesthetic pleasure and hear traditional holiday music, can attend one of the numerous concerts held annually in Oslo’s churches. The main venue is Oslo Cathedral, where it is possible to hear wonderful singing of the Oslo Cathedral Choir.