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Christmas in Norway

Winter at the Lofoten Isalnds. Photo by Baard Loeken, Nordnorsk Reiseliv

The amazing Arctic twilight

Norwegian Christmas traditions & tours,

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Christmas skating in Oslo. Photo by Rita de Lange, Fjord Travel Norway

Christmas skating in Oslo

Christmas celebration

Christmas in Norway: The main Christmas celebration in Norway is on Christmas eve; the evening of December 24. People in Norway normally celebrate Christmas eve with their close family and relatives, gathering for the Christmas dinner meal. Walk around the Christmas tree after dinner is an old tradition in Norway, still alive particularly among families with children.

Christmas presents from close family members and close friends are common among the Norwegians; the presents will normally be stored under the Christmas tree and then after dinner and the walk around the Christmas tree, they will be opened.A visit from Santa Claus (father or family member) on Christmas eve is also quite common among families with children.

A large Christmas breakfast buffet (late) on December 25 is quite common, and the rest of the Christmas holiday the Norwegians normally gather with family and friends for coffee and typical Norwegian Christmas cakes and cookies, or traditional dinner meals

Christmas at Dr Holm's hotel. Photo credit by Dr Holm's hotel

Christmas meal at Geilo

Traditional Christmas meals:

The Christmas dinner on Christmas eve is the main Christmas meal, usually served between 5 and 8pm. The meal traditions vary according to the geography of Norway, although the traditions are spreading throughout the country.

In the eastern parts of Norway and mid Norway they normally eat crisp ribs of pork (called Ribbe in Norwegian) as the main course.

In the western parts of Norway they prefer dried ribs of mutton (called Pinnekjott), with potatoes and mashed kohlrabi (German turnip).

In northern Norway they eat Pinnekjott as well, while some stick to the old tradition with Arctic cod.

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