Christmas week in Oslo 2018

Christmas week in Oslo 2018

Suggestions for things to do in Oslo from 25 December to 1 January. 

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 and opera

L’Elisir d’Amore
L’Elisir d’Amore
Photo: Erik Berg


The Christmas week's concert calendar contains several long-standing Oslo rock traditions, including the annual boogie rock concert with Backstreet Girl, an 80s hit parade served by the cover band Loveshack, and five days of Christmas rock at Last Train, Oslo's oldest rock bar.

The Norwegian Opera and Ballet shows Donizetti's L’Elisir d’Amore 27 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).


Måneoppgang – Marlene Dumas og Edvard Munch
Måneoppgang – Marlene Dumas og Edvard Munch
Photo: Ove Kvakvik/Munchmuseet


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 the Ducth contemporary painter Marlene Dumas at the Munch Museum, explore the universe of Jeff Koons at the Astrup Fearnley Museet, or see highlights from the rich career of Norwegian painter Håkon Bleken at Henie Onstad Art Centre.

See our exhibition calendar for more options.

Guided walks

Christmas at Aker brygge
Christmas at Aker Brygge
Photo: VisitOSLO/Didrick Stenersen

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: The Oslo harbour
28 December: Street art
29 December: The city of contrasts
30 December: Akerselva river

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.

Christmas in the city centre

Christmas market in Spikersuppa
Christmas market in Spikersuppa
Photo: Jul i Vinterland

Oslo's main christmas market is open from 26 to 30 December this year. Even if you're done with the Christmas shopping, the market offers great souvernirs, local delicacies, entertainment and fabulous views from its popular Ferris wheel.


You can also go skating at the Spikersuppa Skating Rink, located right in the middle of the market. 

Outdoor activities: Skiing and urban hiking

Oslo Winter Park is open from 25 December and into the new year, with great options for downhill sking. On 1 January, you can watch the world's best alpine skiers battle it out side-by-side down a 180 metre slope in the Parallel Slalom World Cup in Holmenkollen.

Oslo also offers vast possibilities for urban hiking: walk along the Akerselva River, visit the picturesque streets of Damstredet and Telthusbakken or explore the exciting neighbourhoods in Eastern Oslo. Or perhaps you'd like to explore Oslo's vibrant urban art scene? Our interactive map guides you to the city's best murals and graffiti areas. 

Opening hours

25 and 26 December and 1 January are public holidays, and most shops and attractions are closed.

24 and 31 December are not public holidays, but shops close early and many attractions are closed.

The tourist information office Oslo Visitor Centre by the Central Station is open every day through the holidays.

Open every day