Christmas concert highlights in Oslo – Christmas 2018

Christmas concert in Oslo?

Our guide to great holdiay music in Oslo during the advent of 2018. 

Advent time is concert time in Oslo. Both professional ensembles such as the Oslo Philharmonic, the Norwegian Soloists' Choir and the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra and amateur choirs and groups greet the Christmas season with special performances.

Based on our comprehensive Christmas concert calendar, we present some of the musical highlights of advent 2018, with different kinds of styles and artists represented.


Classical church concerts and folk music

Oslo Domkor
Oslo Domkor
Photo: Oslo Domkor

Those who enjoy classical holiday music can choose between dozens of concerts, many of which are held in Oslo’s beautiful churches.

In Oslo Cathedral, you can hear the Oslo Cathedral Choir and musicians from the Staff Band of the Norwegian Armed Forces perform christmassy music from 17th century Venice on 2 December. The renowned boys’ choir Sølvguttene holds its traditional Christmas concerts here 15 and 16 December.

If you'd like to hear the Messiah, we recommend the Norwegian Wind Ensemble and BBC Singers' rendition in Uranienborg Chucrh on 7 December. Cæciliaforeningen Oratorio Choir performs another classical Christmas favourite, J.S. Bach' Christmas Oratorio, in Frogner Church 15 and 16 December.

Kvindelige Studenters Sangforening, which figures among Europe's best female choirs, hold their traditional Christmas concert with both Christmas music, folk songs and classical gems in Uranienborg Church on 18 December.


Christmas in Oslo Rock City

Ila Autos julebanjoshow
Ila Autos julebanjoshow
Photo: Ila Auto

Pre-Christmas Oslo offers several alternatives if you prefer el-guitars to violins (or want both).

Proud, and arguably rather peculiar, Oslo Rock City Christmas traditions include Sunturn's Christmas concertPenthouse Playboys and Young Neils' Christmas show.

Perhaps you'd rather like some banjo for Christmas? On December 22 at John DEE, bluegrass/ country band Ila Auto holds its popular Christmas Banjo Show for the ninth year in a row. If you like to dance, don't miss the electronica duos Ost & Kjex and Mungolian Jet Set's joint Christmas celebration on 15 december. 


Jazz and American big band Christmas

Hilde Louise Asbjørnsen
Hilde Louise Asbjørnsen
Photo: Hilde Louise Asbjørnsen

Jazz pianist Bugge Wesseltoft's 1997 release It's snowing on my piano became an instant classic. True to tradition, Wesseltoft performs his toned-down, instrumental interpretations of well-known Christmas songs at a concert in Oslo Concert Hall on 12 December. The experienced trio Slettahjell/Gustavsen/Miljeteig will be filling Jacob Church with advent jazz of the very best kind on 17 December.

Glenn Miller Orchestra visits Oslo Konserthus with their big band Christmas classics on 3 December.  If you are looking for more Irving Berlin and other American greats, we recommend singer Hilde Louise Asbjørnens’s groovy and slightly mischievous Christmas concert at Victoria – Nasjonal Jazzscene on 17 December.