A Norwegian Christmas for Less in Oslo

Posted December 10, 2009 by Jamie Moore

Norway-oslo-norskfolkemuseum-def Visions of marzipan and Nisse, a mischievous elf, dance in the heads of Oslo's children during the holiday season. Book a cozy downtown hotel and experience the holiday fun for less with an Oslo Pass, your ticket to 33 museums and unlimited public transport. Catch a ride to a folksy museum for a taste of the city's Christmas past, then find gifts at a modern shop devoted to all things Norwegian.

Thon Hotel Munch: Oslo may be famously expensive, but this simple downtown hotel was built for those on a budget. Cozy and colorful, single rooms (from about $123.25 per night) and doubles (from about $156), are a short stroll to Oslo's restaurants, shops, museums, and galleries. And, during the holidays, the hotel organizes a series of distinctly Oslo Christmas walks. Discover the city's ancient history, or see where those making history now—Nobel Peace Prize winners—receive their prestigious award.

Norsk Folkemuseum (Norwegian Museum of Cultural History): Here you'll find costumed guides and life-sized exhibits exploring the history of Norway's ordinary folk. During the holidays it's a must-see attraction with the largest Christmas fair in town. Learn why a maid in 1769 hadn't heard of a Christmas tree, or what a priest ate for Christmas dinner in 1882. You can also try old-fashioned sweets, learn to brew Christmas beer, or take a horse and buggy ride through a winter wonderland. Admission is about $12.45 or free with the Oslo Pass.

Pur Norsk (not in English): Pur Norsk stocks one-of-a-kind gifts made in Norway by Norwegian designers. Kids will love Target Frogs ($24)—a new take on darts—where small squishy frogs are lobbed at an airplane target. Have some hard-to-buy-for friends? Pick up a "Moosemat" doormat ($35) or boxer shorts paired with an embroidery kit for adding a personal touch ($35). Stunning glassware and ceramics, cozy blankets, and funky shoes are just some of the items—all designed with a Norwegian touch.

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(Photo: Anne-Lise Reinsfelt/Norsk Folkemuseum)

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