Juletid (Christmas time) is a celebration of traditions and family in Norway. With the fall of winter snow and the wonderful displays of Northern Lights, Norwegians sit round their fire places, dance around the Christmas tree, enjoy rich food and share julefryd (Christmas cheer) with family, friends and in their communities. At this special time of year we are happy to share the Norwegian Christmas with you. We hope you will celebrate with us by having a little bit of Norway in your Christmas.


Advent Season (post)
Preparing for Advent
Preparing the House for Advent (post)
Preparing Advent Calendars
Advent Sunday (post)
Adventkrans Recipe (post)

Christmas Food and Recipes

Boller (Conventional Recipe) (post)
Christmas Treats
Lutefisk (post)
Pepperkaker (Gingerbread)
St lucia Bun Designs (post)
Pinnekjøtt (post)
Pinnekjøtt – modern recipe (post)
Christmas Ribbe (post)
Norwegian Roast Rib (post)
Smultringer (post)
Kakao – Home-made Hot Chocolate
Julekake or Julebrød (post)
Home-made Julebrød (post)
Kransekake Fingers (post)
Farmor’s Pepperkaker
Gravy for Christmas (post)
Kransekaker Recipe (post)
Pepperkake Christmas Tree (post)
Family Dinners at Christmas (post)
Julepølser (post)
Christmas in the Fridge (post)
Kremmerhus Goodie Bags (post)
Adventkrans (post)
Pepperkaker Muffins (post)
Gløgg Boller (post)
Pressed Ham or Sylte (post)
Flatbread (post)

Seven Sorts: Traditional Norwegian Christmas Cookies
– Pepperkaker (Gingerbread)
– Ingærnøtter (Ginger nuts)
– Fattigmann (Poor Man)
– Krumkake (Curved Cake)
– Kokosmakroner (Coconut Macaroons)
– Goro
– Tykklefse
– Hjortetakk
– Sandkake (Sand Cake)
– Sirupsnapper (Syrup Snaps)
– Marvposteier (post)
– Christmas Stars (post)
– Krumkaker (post)

Old Norwegian Recipe Series

The First Norwegian Cook Book (post)
Old Norwegian Gløgg Recipes (post)
Old Norwegian Egg Nog Recipe (post)
Old Norwegian Brown Cream Gravy (post)
Old Norwegian Grøt (post)
Old Norwegian Beer Porridge (post)
Old Norwegian Julekake (post)
Old Norwegian Pepperkaker (post)
Old Norwegian Roasted Lamb Heads (post)
Old Norwegian Lutefisk (post)

Christmas Traditions

Norwegian Christmas Calendar (post)
Christmas Elves: nisse
Julenisse – Decorative Christmas Elves (post)
Julebrus (post)
Decorating Pepperkaker
Christmas Heart Baskets
Sølvguttene (Olso Boys Choir)
Christmas Star (post)
Ringing of the Church Bells
Norwegian Christmas Decorating (post)
Carolling (post & video)
Norwegian Christmas Fashion (post)
Pinecone Picking (post)
Kremmerhus (post)
Christmas Workshops (post)
Christmas Tree Hunting (post)
Norwegian Christmas Fashion (post)

– Winter Solstice (post)
– Thomas Brewer & Lefse Making (post)
– Lucia Night (post)
– Brewing Day (post)
– Christmas Clothing Day (post)
– Christmas Fishing Day (post)

Christmas Celebrations

A Norwegian Christmas (post)
Advent Season (post)
Saint Lucia Day (post)
Preparing for Saint Lucia Day (post)
Little Christmas Eve – With Our Famly (post)
Lighting of the Christmas Tree in Tromsø (post & video)
Nisse Parties (post)
What to Give a Norwegian for Christmas (post)
Norwegian Christmas Present Tips and Ideas (post)

Christmas Crafts

Christmas Workshops (post)
Kremmerhus (post)
Christmas Heart Baskets
Decorating Pepperkaker
Christmas Heart Basket Cushions (post)
Ice Baubles (post)

Christmas Activities in Oslo

Oslo Christmas Market
Christmas on Karl Johans gate
Christmas Streets in Oslo (post)
Bærums Verk (post)

Christmas Activities in Tromsø

Market Square
Waffle Stalls
Santa Parade
Nissehelg at Berg

Christmas Carols

The Great Star
There is Light in Quiet Villages
My Heart Always Lingers
A Star Shines Tonight
Advent Song
In the Barn Sits the Elf
The Norwegian 20 Days of Christmas

Christmas Trees

A Christmas Tree Gift for the United Kingdom
The Lighting of the Christmas Tree (post)
Lighting of the Christmas Tree in Tromsø (post & video)
Lighting of the Christmas Tree in Alta (post)

The Christmas Weather and Climate

Darkest Day
The Road Home
It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas
Tromsø in December
Christmas with the Northern Lights
How to Survive the Dark Winters
Saturday in the City – City Lights
Light Celebration (post)
Building a Snow Cave (post)