Last week, we explored locally and checked out what our new home of Stavanger has to offer in terms of Christmas. Turns out, a lot! From a Christmas market of the unusual sort to a stunning gingerbread village at the Oil Museum, to absolutely gorgeous fairy lights all over the city!
Stavanger is such a lovely town and you should definitely consider visiting in winter to skip (most of) the crowds and experience the Christmas magic :)
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We first headed to the old town of Stavanger to check out the Christmas market there, which actually wasn't exactly a Christmas market in the classic sense, but more like a handicraft and art fair.
Lots of ateliers and handicraft stores that I've never seen previously, opened their doors to sell their products, and also the museums in the old town were decorated for Christmas. As far as I know, the market only took place on that one day so naturally, the old town was packed!
We then headed to the Norwegian Oil Museum where the gingerbread village of Stavanger was built up, and even though we expected a huge crowd as it was free to visit that day only, we managed to visit at an excellent time slot where we almost had the place to ourselves!
It was so so magical and so colourful! I could have spent ages looking at the tiny houses!
They even had a replica of Fargegaten, the famous colour street of Stavanger, in the gingerbread village and after seeing it, we were even more excited to head to the real deal covered in Christmas lights!
The pictures don't even do justice how magical this alleyway really is at this time of year!
See it for yourself in my Vlogmas video (the 2nd of 4!) on my YouTube channel:
In the spirit of Christmas, I'm going to host 4 giveaways, each accompanying my Vlogmas video every Sunday during the advent season! 3 lucky winners have the chance to win a Norwegian Christmas surprise package, consisting of a little something from my summer trip to Svalbard and, of course, Norwegian Christmas candy, while the 4th winner on Dec 24th has the chance to receive a free copy of my guidebook to Tromsø in addition!
You can participate through the Rafflecopter below. Each task will give you points, so the more points you gather, the higher your chances of winning are - BUT you're free to choose whatever entry you like to do, of course!
Entries are open for a week, so make sure to check back here to see if you've won - or enter for a new chance to win in the next Vlogmas post! Terms and conditions apply.
Have you ever visited a gingerbread village?
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