‘Tis the season for merriment—and Christmas markets! We spread some yuletide cheer in the December issue of Viking by sharing some julemarkeder worth checking out this holiday season in Norway. From homemade gifts to sweet treats to sleigh rides, these markets offer plenty of Christmas fun. Here are two more Christmas markets in Norway, plus one Scandinavian-inspired bazaar in Minnesota, to add to your bucket list.
Maihaugen’s Christmas Market, Lillehammer
Nov. 30–Dec. 1, 2019
As part of the Maihaugen Museum, this market blends past and present to create a memorable holiday experience. Walk through homes decorated to reflect how Christmas was celebrated in Norway at various points throughout history, such as on a farm in the 1860s and during World War II in 1944. The smell of freshly roasted candied nuts will entice you into the market as you immerse yourself in sleigh rides, caroling, gingerbread baking and shopping the 100-plus local vendors.
Christmas Town, Egersund
Dec. 5–8, Dec. 12–15, 2019
With titles like “Norway’s Christmas town” and “Santa’s hometown” to its name, Egersund has been the capital of holiday cheer since it debuted its market in 2004. Church bells signal the beginning of the annual event, drawing attendees come from near and far to gather around the towering Christmas tree, shop garland-bedecked vendor booths and catch a glimpse of Mr. and Mrs. Claus during the parade.
Nordic Julemarket, Minneapolis, Minn.
Dec. 6–8, 2019
Get in the Scandinavian Christmas spirit in the Midwest. The festivities during this fourth annual event take root in the Christmas traditions of the five Nordic countries: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Sweden and, of course, Norway. There will be lots of shopping opportunities, traditional folk music, dancing, food trucks and local craft beer.