Woman and two girls sitting knitting in front of a Christmas tree by the fireplace.
Photo: Esben Haakenstad / Maihaugen

Christmas time at Maihaugen

At Maihaugen you will find the good, old Christmas feeling.

Christmas program 2019

Check out Maihaugen's daily program to see everything you may experience the day of your visit.

Christmas at Maihaugen is something special. Here you may visit historical houses and experience Christmas like in the old days.

Maihaugen's Christmas market

Maihaugen's Christmas market is one of Norway's nicest Christmas markets and is on the first weekend of advent. Here there are lots of good treats, local foods, craft and other quality products. This year there is more than 100 stalls around in the houses and in the open-air museum.

Christmas like before

What is really special with Christmas at Maihaugen is the opportunity visitors have to come into the historical homes. Candles are lit and there are people at home in the historical homes. You may experience what Christmas was like in an open hearth house in the Middle Ages, on a big farm in the 1860s, at war in 1944 or in the 1950s.

The Christmas decorated homes are open at the Christmas market and some of them the other Sundays in advent.

Guided Christmas tour

Two days between Christmas and New Year's Eve we invite to the guided tour "Have yourself a merry little Christmas – Make the yuletide gay". This tour is in English, especially for our foreign guests, and it takes you into Norwegian Christmas decorated homes from different times.

Christmas shopping

The mainstreet in the Town at Maihaugen is decorated for Christmas in an old fashioned way, with festoons of sprigs of spruce between the old wooden houses. It is like you are in the streets of Lillehammer in the early 1900s.

In the Town you find our nostalgic historical shop Avlangrud, where you can find delicious Christmas treats. The shop is open at Maihaugen's Christmas market and the other Sundays in advent.

The museum shop in the visitor centre also has a lot of nice things for Christmas, and is open every day at the museum's hours. 

Maihaugen's Christmas tree

Every year Maihaugen's Christmas tree in the visitor centre is decorated by an artist or designer, making ornaments especially for this tree. This year the fashion designer and artist Julie Skarland fills the tree with textile art.

Woman pouring coffee from a silver pot next to a Christmas tree decorated with old christmas candles and dry apples.

Christmas in the 1860s at the farm Jørstad. Photo: Camilla Damgård / Maihaugen

Small Christmas tree with very little decorations. A few candles and a few ornaments made of brown and white paper

Christmas tree decorated like in the 1890s. Photo: Camilla Damgård / Maihaugen

Box with christmas ornaments and Norwegian flags for decoration.

Christmas decorations from the 1950s. Photo: Camilla Damgård / Maihaugen

Woman dressed up with knitted clothes and a knitted hat, holding a pole with a goat skull.

The dressed up Yule-­goat is our guide on the walking play "Silent night". Photo: Audbjørn Rønning / Maihaugen