The week of Christmas is admittedly an unusually quiet time in Oslo, but there are still plenty of exciting things to do and experience. Here are some recommendations for a fun and active Christmas stay.
Rock, clubbing and opera
The Christmas week's concert calendar contains several long-standing Oslo rock traditions, including the annual Boxing Day boogie rock concert with Backstreet Girls, an 80s hit parade served by the cover band Loveshack and Christmas rock at Last Train.
This is also a popular time for clubbing in Oslo – check our club calendar for a selection of special Christmas club events.
The Norwegian Opera and Ballet shows both Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte (28 and 30 December). and the double bill Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci (29 and 31 December). You can also join a guided tour of the Opera House, which takes you behind the scenes of this architectural masterpiece (offered daily from 27 to 30 December).
Many of Oslo’s museums are open from 27 to 30 December, with several great exhibitions on display.
You may, for instance, enjoy an encounter between Edvard Munch and Danish painter Asger Jorn at the Munch Museum, experience a fictional and subjective view of Los Angeles at the Astrup Fearnley Museet, or see the new Peace Prize exhibition Hope over fear at the Nobel Peace Center.
See our exhibition calendar for more options.
If you’d like to do some sightseeing, Oslo Guidebureau offers guided Christmas walks in English from 27 to 30 December. Each walk covers a different area of the city:
27 December: Tjuvholmen and Aker Brygge
28 December: Akershus Fortress and Old Oslo
29 December: National Gallery and the Kristiania bohemians
30 December: The Vigeland Arrangement and Vigeland Museum
31 December: The heart of Oslo
Free Tour Oslo, a 90-minute walking tour in English with community tourist guides who show you the main sights in the city centre, is also running this week (offered 25, 26, 30 and 31 December).
Outdoor activities: skating, skiing and urban hiking
Two of Oslo’s most popular skating rinks are open during the week of Christmas: Spikersuppa Skating Rink right in the city centre and Frogner Ice Skating Rink near the Vigeland Park. Both places offer skates and helmets for rent.
Oslo Winter Park is open from 25 December and into the new year, with great options for downhill sking,
Oslo also offers vast possibilities for urban hiking: walk along the Akerselva River, visit the picturesque streets of Damstredet and Telthusbakken or explore the vibrant neighbourhoods in Eastern Oslo.