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Julekula i Julebyen Kristiansand
Julekula i Julebyen Kristiansand.
Photo: Heidi Sørvig / kvadraturen.no
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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.

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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