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Julekula i Julebyen Kristiansand
Julekula i Julebyen Kristiansand.
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Get the Christmas mood in Kristiansand! The city is filled with beautiful Christmas decoration, and the unique light show! The city will be bursting with concerts and shows, Christmas markets and workshops for the whole family. Try some traditional Norwegian Christmas cuisine in the restaurants, and sample sweets and fried nuts at the market.

Welcome to the Christmas city Kristiansand!

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Christmas activities

In Kristiansand children taste the local Christmas cookie “kageman” before they twirl around the ice rink located at the city square. At the Christmas markets and fairs you will find handy crafts, ceramics, knitted wearable and glassware. Se all Christmas events.

 

Program for Christmas in Kristiansand:

Thursday 10 November: official lighting of winter and Christmas lights in the city.

Market with the lighting of the Christmas ball on Torvet at 17.

 

Saturday 12 November: Christmas at Fiskebrygga from 13 - 17.

Christmas market under the auspices of the Church's Bymission: sales stalls, sale of notes, stick bread, mulled wine etc.

Tastings from the fishmongers, Christmas atmosphere at the restaurants and Christmas fun on the pier. Santa is coming!

We light the bridge of light at 17.

 

Saturday 26 November: official opening of the Christmas market and ice rink at Torvet

The Christmas market opens at 12. Official opening of the ice rink at 12.

The ice rink is open every day from 10 - 22.

 

Sunday 27 November: lighting of the Christmas tree at Torvet at 17

1 Sunday in Advent

 

Saturday 3 December: Saturday in Julebyen with a taste of Christmas

A taste of Christmas in the Food Cellar in Lillemarkens

 

Sunday 4 December: Pre-Christmas fun in the city

Shops open on Sundays from 14 - 18

There will be various program items around the city, including a day of skiing at Torvet and après-ski for the whole family at Sandens.

 

Sunday 11 December: Pre-Christmas fun in the city

Shops open on Sundays from 14 - 18

There will be various programs around the city and a concert "Himmel på Jord" on Øvre Torv.

 

12-23. December: Light Show on Nedre Torv

Every day at 18 og 20.

 

Sunday 18 December: Pre-Christmas fun in the city

Shops open on Sunday at 14 - 18

 

Wednesday 21 December: "Christmas Eve in the city"

The shops are open until 22.

 

Christmas in Southernmost Norway

The southernmost cities and villages of Norway oozes of atmosphere during Christmas. November and December are packed with Christmas events and festive activities. Christmas markets, concerts and of course lots of possibilities for gift shopping.

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Norwegian Christmas cuisine

At home the families prepare for traditional Norwegian Christmas dinner.

  • Ribbe - Roasted pork belly, usually served with sauerkraut and boiled potatoes, Christmas sausages, and gravy.
  • Pinnekjøtt - Salted, dried, and sometimes smoked lamb ribs.
  • Lutefisk - Stockfish that has been lying in water and lye (a way to preserve fish in the old days), then cooked in the oven.
  • Cod – A speciality for the southernmost part of Norway. Served with mashed root vegetables and buttery sauce.
  • “Småkaker” - Tradition dictates that seven different kinds of Christmas biscuits and/or cookies should feature on the table at Christmas and that they should all be home-baked.
  • After the kids have gone to bed the adults take out the dark brewed Christmas beer and the Aquavit - A potato-based spirit flavoured with herbs such as caraway seeds, anise, dill, fennel, and coriander.

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