Oslo in December: A Winter Wonderland Awaits!

Winter in Oslo might be chilly, but it’s also a magical time filled with festive cheer and a host of delightful activities. If you’re planning a visit in December, here’s your ultimate guide to embracing the winter wonderland that is Oslo. Even though the nice activities might keep you warm, you should definitely bring your warm clothes as you travel to Norway in December.

Oslo in December – What to do?

1. Embrace the Christmas Spirit at Markets

Get Festive at Christmas Markets: Oslo in December is adorned with charming Christmas markets that pop up around the city. From traditional Norwegian handicrafts to delicious seasonal treats, these markets offer a unique cultural experience. The markets at Spikersuppa and around the Oslo City Hall are a must-visit. Feel the jolly vibes, sip on some warm gløgg (mulled wine), and pick up unique gifts for your loved ones.

christmas in oslo in december
Source. Norsk Folkemuseum (where they have a fantastic Christmas market in December)

2. Explore Winter Activities

Try Ice Skating: Lace up your skates and glide across the ice at one of Oslo’s many outdoor ice rinks. Whether you’re a pro or a newbie, it’s a fun activity for all. The rinks at Spikersuppa and Frogner Stadion are popular choices and provide a delightful experience amidst the snowy landscapes.

Cross-Country Skiing or Tobogganing: Oslo’s surroundings offer excellent opportunities for winter sports. Try cross-country skiing in Nordmarka, the vast forest area accessible by the city’s metro. Alternatively, opt for tobogganing at Korketrekkeren for an exhilarating ride down the slopes.

3. Enjoy Cultural Delights

Visit Museums and Galleries: Beat the cold by diving into Oslo’s vibrant cultural scene. Warm up in the city’s museums and galleries. The Viking Ship Museum, Munch Museum, and the National Gallery are perfect spots to explore Norway’s rich history and art.

Attend Winter Performances: December in Oslo also offers a range of musical concerts, theatre performances, and ballet shows, especially around the holiday season. Check out what’s on at the Oslo Opera House or other theaters for a delightful cultural experience.

4. Indulge in Norwegian Cuisine

Savor Traditional Norwegian Dishes: Warm up with delicious Norwegian comfort food. Try classic dishes like fårikål (lamb and cabbage stew) or riskrem (a traditional rice pudding dessert). Indulge in hearty meals at local restaurants to experience authentic Norwegian flavors.

5. Witness the New Year’s Eve Spectacular

Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Style: December closes with a bang in Oslo. Join the celebrations at Karl Johans Gate or head to Ekeberg for a spectacular view of the fireworks lighting up the city skyline. Join in the lively atmosphere as locals and visitors welcome the new year with excitement and joy.

Are you ready to visit Oslo in December?

December in Oslo is a unique and delightful experience, offering a blend of festive celebrations, cultural indulgences, and exciting outdoor activities. Embrace the wintry magic, create unforgettable memories, and savor the charm of this Scandinavian gem as it sparkles under a blanket of snow. Oslo in December is an experience not to be missed!

Visit Norway – not Kashmir!

Have you watched the newest Mission Impossible movie yet? It is called Fallout, and it has its world premiere today! We got to watch it yesterday (August 1st), and it was a great treat.

People who love beautiful cities will enjoy the fantastic scenery in both Paris and London in the movie. But, we are so used to these cities, that we don’t even blink by the beauties of the Eiffel Tower, the Notre-Dame, the Arc de Triomphe, London Eye, the Parliament, St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Millenium Bridge and the other attractions from these fantastic cities on display in the movie.

A picture of Paris from Mission Impossible: Fallout
A picture of Paris from Mission Impossible: Fallout

But, at the end of the movie, the story is changing the scenery to Kashmir, the northernmost geographical region of the Indian subcontinent. This is where the movie comes to an end, and it takes place in a beautiful environment with big mountains, snow, two wild helicopters, and then it comes… a giant cliff. It is extraordinary, it is scary, it makes your hands sweat, but at the same time… it attracts you, and makes you want to go and see it in real life. Where is it? Is it in Kashmir?

Forget about Kashmir – travel to Norway!

If you want to walk around in the amazing scenery seen at the end of the Mission Impossible movie, and maybe take a peak down from the cliff, then you have to travel to Norway. You can fly to the city of Stavanger, travel on towards Sandnes, and from there you can start your walk towards the Preacher’s Pulpit, or Prekestolen (in Norwegian). This is the place that gives the fantastic scenery at the end of the Mission Impossible movie.

Mission Impossible Fallout in Norway, not Kashmir
The Preacher’s Pulpit in Norway – Photo by Samuel Killworth on Unsplash

This is one of the most amazing places to visit in the world. You might be scared of heights, but it is still worth a visit. Tom Cruise enjoyed his stay in Norway as well, and on August 1st the movie actually had a premiere at the Preacher’s Pulpit in Norway with more than 1000 people attending.

Tom Cruise hanging from the Preacher's Pulpit in Mission Impossible: Fallout
Tom Cruise hanging from the Preacher’s Pulpit in Mission Impossible: Fallout

I have watched the movie, and it is absolutely worth watching. The Mission Impossible movies are always a combination of heavy action and lots of humor, making it ideal for a large audience. And with the amazing scenery from Norway in the end, this is a must-see movie.

Again, forget about Kashmir – Norway is the place to visit if you want to discover the fantastic scenery from the grand finale of the Mission Impossible: Fallout movie.

Deep Purple Oslo 2017

On November 9th Deep Purple will enter the stage in Oslo Spektrum. This will be one of the highlights in the Norwegian capital this autumn, and there are still tickets to find for the event.

The Deep Purple tour will start in Romania in May 2017, following the release of their new album Infinite in April 2017. During the first three months of their tour Deep Purple will visit big cities all across Europe, except from the famous cities in the northern parts of Europe like London, Oslo, Trondheim, Stockholm, Glasgow and similar cities. But, after a long summer break they will continue their tour with a concert in Stockholm on November 6th, followed by a concert in Trondheim on November 8th, and then finally in Oslo on November 9th.

Would you like to be there at any of these Deep Purple concert in 2017? Further down you will find a ticket link, and pressing it you will find a website where you can buy tickets for all the different Deep Purple events all across the world.

Deep Purple Oslo 2017
Deep Purple Oslo 2017

Deep Purple Oslo 2017

Oslo Spektrum
November 9th, 19:30

Tickets: Viagogo

Doesn’t it sound like a great way to spend a wet, snowy and cold November day in the Norwegian capital? We hope you will enjoy the event, and if you want more information about the famous attractions in Oslo, or about other events and concerts taking place, look around here in our Oslo Guide.

Top events in Oslo in 2015

In this article we will present the best programs in Oslo in 2015. Oslo is the capital and also the largest and most populous city of Norway.
Oslo 2015
Although Oslo is might not be the most popular cities in Europe but it still has plenty of things to check out and countless programs such as the various festivals, concerts and events during the whole year. So in this article we will give some tips on what to do on a visit in Oslo in 2015.

One of the biggest events in Oslo is the ‘Oslo Church Music Festival’ which is a 10 days long event. At the festival visitors can experience a wide range of musical performances of the different churches and cathedrals. This year the ‘Oslo Church Music Festival’ will be held from 6th March to 15th March.

Another popular event in the life of the city is the ‘Nordic World Cup Skiing’ the ski competition which takes place at the famous tourist destination at the Holmenkollen ski jump. The tickets sell out really quickly so if if you want to go it is better to book as soon as possible. This year the ‘Nordic World Cup Skiing’ will be held from 13th March to 15th March 2015.

The annual national holiday of Norway the ‘Nasjonaldagen’ is one of the highlights of the year in the life of Norway. The main event is to walk to The Royal Palace to check the royal family waving from the balcony. This takes place on May 17th!

One of the biggest music festival in Oslo the Norwegian Wood Rock Festival which will take place from 11th June to 13th June in 2015 in the Frogner Park. This is an annual rock event in the city and it attracts thousands of people every year.

In the end of November in the city the Christmas markets will open their gates again which are usually open until the end of December or the beginning of January. The dates of the markets are not confirmed yet. Apart from the markets and festivals and different events in the city Oslo also hosts some of the best concerts during 2015.

In 2015 visitors can enjoy the concerts of the biggest musicians such as Slipknot, Ryan Adams, Nicki Minaj, Sting, Katy Perry, Bryan Adams, Ariana Grande, Toto, Marilyn Manson, Foo Fighters, George Ezra, One Direction, AC/DC, Calvin Harris and so on.

If you want to know more on the various programs and activities in the city such as the concerts, festivals, exhibitions and so on read on here in our Oslo Guide for more information!

Recommended Oslo hotels now!

Oslo is known to be a very expensive city in general, but when it comes to hotels in the central parts of the city it is not at all that expensive, at least if you find a good offer from one of the hotels. In this article we have some recommendations for you, giving you the names on some Oslo hotels with great locations in the very central parts of town, and at the same time they have received good feedback from their guests and they have good offers available at the moment. Do not hesitate, take a look at them, and hopefully you will find a hotel giving you exactly what you need and want, and hopefully at a price you can accept!

While in Oslo, do not miss out on the interesting restaurants, Holmenkollen and the other cool attractions in town.

Recommended Oslo hotels now!

Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel (****)
Thon Hotel Astoria (***)
Hotel Continental (*****)
Park Inn (***)

If you plan on visiting another city with quite a lot of rain in 2012 named Dublin, do not miss out on our brand new Dublin Guide. Also, WorldCityGuides arrange a very cool pub crawl there, so that is a sure winner activity if you go to the Irish capital.

New design on our Oslo Guide

The Oslo Guide has just gotten a new design, making it much more user friendly, and not at all mobile friendly. Our last page was not at all optimized for mobile users and tablet users, but with our new design hopefully everyone will be satisfied! So keep coming back and hopefully you will enjoy our new design just as much as we do!

So read about the best attractions and restaurants in Oslo, visit the blog, and write some comments after staying in the different hotels and eating in the different restaurants!

Oslo hotel recommendations

Oslo hotels
Oslo hotels

Oslo is known to be one of the most expensive cities on earth, but still if you listen to our advices, you might save some money by booking the right hotel. Here we are listing some different Oslo hotels which have good deals available right now. Hope you will find something suiting your demands and requirements.

Five stars
Hotel Continental (good location)
First Hotel Grims Grenka (bad location)

Four stars
Radisson Blu
Scandic KNA
Grand Hotel

Three stars
Best Western Karl Johan (super central)
Thon Hotel Astoria

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Michael Bublé Oslo 2012

Michael Bublé will come to Oslo in April 2012 to perform in Oslo Spektrum. If you would like to check it out it will be hard to get free tickets, but you can try! The Michael Bublé will be arranged on April 17th, starting at 20.00.

Michael Bublé Oslo
Oslo Spektrum
April 17th, 20.00

Oslo Events

Do not forget to book a nice hotel, and grab a meal in a nice restaurant while in Oslo