Christmas shopping in Oslo: Opening hours

Christmas shopping in Oslo 2016

This page will be updated with 2017 opening hours closer to December, as soon as this information is available. You can expect the hours to be similar to last year's, but do note that this year Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve are Sundays which means shops will be closed. 

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Are you looking for a gift for your nephew? A new outfit for New Year's? A foodie gift for the Christmas party hosts? A shopping spree in Oslo will do the trick! 

Julehandel på Karl Johan
Julehandel på Karl Johan
Photo: VisitOSLO/Tord Baklund

Oslo welcomes you with Christmas-lit streets and a great selection of quality shops with generous opening hours.

Opening hours before Christmas

Extended hours on evenings and Saturdays: 
Stores and shopping centres generally extend their opening hours the last Saturdays before Christmas. The shopping centres around Karl Johans gate and at Aker Brygge stay open until 7 pm, while Oslo City Shopping closes at 9 pm.

Jul i Mathallen
Jul i Mathallen
Photo: VisitOSLO/Susanne A. Finnes

Most places offer extra late evening shopping the last days before Christmas. Steen & Strøm and Eger stay open until 9 pm the last weekdays up until 22 December, as does the Mathallen Food Hall. At Oslo City Shopping you can shop until midnight on weekdays 15–22 December. 

Sunday shopping 4, 11 and 18 December: 
Most shops are open on the last three Sundays before Christmas, that is 4, 11 and 18 December. Most shops in the city centre, Aker Brygge and Majorstuen shopping districts will be open 2–6 pm. Oslo City Shopping is open until 8 pm on those three Sundays.

Note: Small, independent shops in Grünerløkka and other neighbourhoods outside the city centre will also extend their hours in December, but they generally close earlier than the shopping centres. 

Opening hours during Christmas and New Year's 

The shops have shorter hours on Christmas Eve and New year's Eve, and are closed on public holidays. On weekdays between Christmas and New Year's, i.e. 27–30 December, most shops have regular opening hours. 

♦ Christmas Eve 24 Dec. 

  Allowed to stay open until 4 pm, but many shops close earlier 

♦ New Year's Eve 31 Dec.

  Free opening hours, but many shops close at 4 pm or earlier

♦ Public holidays 25-26 Dec., 1 Jan


♦ 27-30 Dec.

  Free opening hours 

See also


The period before Christmas is the highlight of the year for the shops, and they all offer that little something extra to make sure you enjoy your Christmas shopping.  

Some shopping centres offer gift-wrapping aid, mini concerts, children's activities and other Christmas fun. At Paleet they even offer you a ride home after you're done eating and shopping with them! 

If your shopping spree takes you to the main street, Karl Johans gate, stop by Spikersuppa for an ice-skating break or to visit the Christmas market.

Click into each place for information on opening hours and Christmas activities.

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