A two hour yuletide walk through the City of Oslo, from the pre-Christian “yule” celebration, via the ghosts and gnomes of romantic Christmas of the 19th century to the modern buzzling festival of priests, royals and commoners.
In the late 1840s – about the same time Charles Dickens wrote “A Christmas Carol”, the Norwegian collector of folk-tales Peter ChristenAsbjørnsen published a story about an “Old-fashioned Christmas Eve” in the Norwegian capital. As Dickens he tells about Christmas spirits – as well as the Norwegian “nisse”, a red-capped gnome that ever since has been an important participant in Scandinavian Christmas folklore.
The house where the “nisse” was observed is still there, as is the church where the dead, in Asbjørnsens story, had their Christmas mass in the small hours of Christmas eve – as is the old Akershus Castle with its Medieval Christmas tradition.
Join Liv Tessem, a journalist, guide and author of two books on Norwegian and European Christmas tradition in a two hour walk, from pagan yule to the present festival.
Not suited for children under 15 years old
Start: 3.30 pm at Sentralen
End: 5.30 pm at The Christmas Market in the city center
Duration: approximately 2 hours
Adults: 200 NOK per person
Tickets can be bought online or directly from the guide (Cash only)
The tour is guided in Norwegian and English. Please wear warm clothes and good shoes.
If you have any questions please contact Oslo Guidebureau: mail: email@example.com or phone +47 22 42 28 18
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