Christmas shopping in Oslo: Opening hours

Christmas shopping in Oslo 2017

NOTE: This information is from last year! 
A lot of the info will apply also this year, at least it gives you a hint about what it's usually like. This page will be updated with 2018 hours later in the autumn. 


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. On 23 December most shops do not have extended hours, but Oslo City Shopping and Storo Storsenter stay open until 8 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 stays open until 9 pm the last weekdays up until 22 December. At Oslo City Shopping you can shop until midnight on weekdays 15–21 December, and at Storo Storsenter 18–22 December. 

Sunday shopping 3, 10 and 17 December: 
Most shops are open on the last three Sundays before Christmas, that is 3, 10 and 17 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 

This year the shops are closed on Christmas Eve and New year's Eve, as they are Sundays. They are also 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. 


♦ New Year's Eve 31 Dec.


♦ 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.

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.

Outside Oslo