I’ve always been a fan of the little Christmas Markets. I love looking around the different stalls, buying gifts, sampling some delicious food and enjoying a mulled wine or two. So when I found out they were finally launching one here in Bergen, I was thrilled!
I wasn’t quite sure what to expect if I’m honest. When I read that there would be gløgg for sale (mulled wine), I just assumed it would be tomtegløgg – store bought, alcohol free and overly sweet. Instead, they had proper mulled wine AND a fully licensed bar – located inside a large, heated indoor tent that had comfortable seating! Yes, I’m easily pleased! Before doing a bit of shopping, we enjoyed a lovely cup of mulled wine on one of the sofas.
At the Julemarked, there were a few large tents that housed a variety of stalls and shops. I don’t handle the cold very well anymore (gone are the days of going on a night out without wearing a coat!) so it was nice being able to go from stall to stall in the warmth. We purchased a few Christmas gifts, sampled and bought some delicious cheese and then went back to the bar tent for some beer tasting. My favourite was the 7Fjell James – Dark Christmas Ale. ❤
Christmas in Bergen
I wasn’t quite ready to travel home for Christmas this year, so I made the decision to spend it here in Bergen.
Since Norwegians celebrate Christmas on the 24th, I was looking forward to two days of food and festivity!
- Forrett – Risgrøt
- Hovedrett – Svineribbe, Surkål, Svinemør, Sossiser & Poteter
- Dessert – Karamellpudding
25th Christmas Food
- Starter – Duck Pâté on Toast
- Main Course – Pork, Roasted Parsnips and Carrots, Pigs in Blankets & Potatoes
- Dessert – Strawberry Trifle
We originally planned to have turkey on the 25th, but we decided to save it since there was so much pork (svineribbe) left over from the day before!
The highlight of Christmas had to be the much anticipated viewing of “Tre Nøtter til Askepott”. For those of you that don’t know what this is, it’s a Czechoslovak/East German fairy-tale film from 1973, that’s broadcast every year on Christmas Day in Norway. Instead of subtitles, the film is dubbed in Norwegian – with only one male voiceover for the various characters. At first when he spoke, it sounded like he was commentating over a sports game! However, once I got past that, it was a really enjoyable film. 😊