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Maihaugen’s Christmas tree

December - January
Every year an artist or designer makes specially designed decorations for Maihaugen's Christmas tree.

The artist is free to create his or her own expression. It is always exciting to see the result when the Christmas tree is lit.

The first person to design his own decorations for Maihaugen’s Christmas tree was Per Spook in 2008, who decorated the tree with glass ornaments.

Since then, the tree has been filled with different art and designs from several of Norway's foremost artists and designers.

The tree is lit in the Visitor Center at Maihaugen the last Friday before advent. The lighting of the tree is an event in itself every year.

Artists and designers of Maihaugen's Christmas tree

  • 2008: Per Spook. Glass ornaments.
  • 2009: Pia Myrvold. Miniature plexiglass squlptures inspired by the northern lights.
  • 2010: Arne & Carlos. Knitted Christmas baubles.
  • 2011: Karen Bit Vejle. Paper cuttings.
  • 2012: Gunnar Torvund. Houses in different materials.
  • 2013: Hanne Borchgrevink and Tore Hansen. Different woodcut/veneer figures.
  • 2014: Ingjerd Hanevold. Metal flowers made from recovered materials.
  • 2015: Kari Mølstad. Hand blown glass decorations.
  • 2016: Anderssen & Voll. 3d-printed plastic ornaments.
  • 2017: The design- and architecture company Snøhetta. Glass tubes filled with different materials.
  • 2018: Kjell Erik Killi-Olsen. A dead pine tree decorated with red-pink figures in papier-mâché and wood pulp.
Kjell Erik Killi-Olsen in front of a dead pine with pink figures.

Maihaugen's Christmas tree in 2018 created by Kjell Erik Killi-Olsen. Photo: Camilla Damgård / Maihaugen

Kjetil Trædahl Thorsen and Jorunn Sannes from Snøhetta sitting in a red chair in front of the Christmas tree.

Kjetil Trædahl Thorsen and Jorunn Sannes from Snøhetta. Photo: Camilla Damgård / Maihaugen

White Christmas ornaments with snowflakes and cirkles.

Maihaugen's Christmas tree in 2016 decorated by Andersen & Voll. Photo: Camilla Damgård / Maihaugen

Kari Mølstad in front of a Christmas tree with glass ornaments in different colors.

Maihaugen's Christmas tree in 2015 decorated by Kari Mølstad. Photo: Audbjørn Rønning/Maihaugen. 

Maihaugens Christmas tree 2014, decorated with flowers made of canning made by Ingjerd Hanevold. Photo: Audbjørn Rønning/Maihaugen

Maihaugens Christmas tree 2014, decorated by Ingjerd Hanevold. Photo: Audbjørn Rønning / Maihaugen

Maihaugen's Christmas tree 2013, decorated by Hanne Borchgrevink and Tore Hansen. Photo: Audbjørn Rønning/Maihaugen

Maihaugen's Christmas tree 2013, decorated by Hanne Borchgrevink and Tore Hansen. Photo: Audbjørn Rønning / Maihaugen

Maihaugen's Christmas tree 2012, decorated by Gunnar Torvund. Photo: Camilla Damgård/Maihaugen

Maihaugen's Christmas tree 2012, decorated by Gunnar Torvund. Photo: Camilla Damgård / Maihaugen

Maihaugens Christmas tree 2014, decorated with flowers made of canning made by Ingjerd Hanevold. Photo: Audbjørn Rønning/Maihaugen

Maihaugens Christmas tree 2014, decorated by Ingjerd Hanevold. Photo: Audbjørn Rønning / Maihaugen

Maihaugen's Christmas tree 2010, decorated by Arne and Carlos. Photo: Camilla Damgård/Maihaugen

Maihaugen's Christmas tree 2010, decorated by Arne and Carlos. Photo: Camilla Damgård / Maihaugen

Maihaugen's Christmas tree 2009, decorated by Pia Myrvold. Photo: Kåre Dehlie Thorstad / Maihaugen

Maihaugen's Christmas tree 2009, decorated by Pia Myrvold. Photo: Kåre Dehlie Thorstad / Maihaugen

Maihaugen's Christmas tree 2008, decorated by Peer Spook. Photo: Kåre Dehli Thorstad / Maihaugen

Maihaugen's Christmas tree 2008, decorated by Peer Spook. Photo: Kåre Dehli Thorstad / Maihaugen

Large Christmas tree decorated with glass cyllinders in different colors.

Maihaugens Christmas tree in 2017 decorated by Snøhetta. Photo: Camilla Damgård / Maihaugen