Traditional Christmas food

Invite your friends, family or associates to Larvik, Sandefjord or Tønsberg to our pre-Christmas celebration. Taste our Norwegian traditional food such as lutefisk, ribbe and pinnekjøtt. The hotel offer packages with both accommodation, Norwegian Christmas food and a dinner show. This time of year is definitely the best way to eat and drink your way through our Norwegian cuisine.


Photo: Quality Hotel Tønsberg, Hotel Kong Carl, Brygga 11 og Hotel Wassilioff


This dish is made from dried cod and lye and lutefisk means “lye fish”. The texture is jelly and the lutefisk is served with potatoes, bacon, mashed green peas along with butter or white sauce.



Almost half of the Norwegians eat ribbe on Christmas eve. This oven-cooked pork is made by traditional recipes with crisp surface. The pork is served with potatoes, gravy, red cabbage, sauerkraut, Brussels sprouts, sausages, cranberries jam and prunes.



Pinnekjøtt means stick meat and is ribs of lam. There are two types of pinnekjøtt; dried or smoked. It depends where in Norway you are from if you eat dried or smoked. This dish is served with purred swede, potatoes and gravy.


Norwegians drink Norwegian Christmas beer and our traditional spirit Akevitt to all these dishes. The season starts in November and lasts until New Year.

Restaurants offering delicious Christmas food

10th of December you can experience a Viking Christmas dinner at the Viking Museum at Borre. Contact Midgard Historical Centre for reservations and more information.


Bøkekroa in Larvik holds traditional Lutefisk Eve.

Brygga 11 run by Geir Skeie - winner of the Bocuse d'OR 2009 serves ribbe, lutefisk and other treats!

At the Best Western Hotel in Horten, you can enjoy a buffet with everything from ribbe, pinnekjøtt, salads, desserts and everything that belongs to a traditional Norwegian Christmas. The hotel offers Christmas breakfast, Christmas lunch and family Christmas party.


Hotel Kong Carl offer a 3-course traditional Christmas menu served until late December.


Hotel Wassilioff offer a Christmas buffet, family Christmas party with Christmas show for children, this year's lutefisk Eve.

Remember reservations.

Christmas show

This year's Christmas Dinner & Show at Farris Bad offers an evening you will not forget. After last year's sold-out blockbuster Wallmans On Tour they are back this year. There will be a great atmosphere, a tremendous show and a delightful 4-course dinner.

Quality Hotel Klubben invite We love the 80's Christmas party with Samantha Fox. For affordable hotel packages with food, accommodation and tickets contact the hotel.


If you also want to experience a traditional Christmas concert, Sissel Kjykebø is a must. Sissel is considered one of the world's top crossover sopranos, her musical style ranges from pop to folk songs and classical music.


Fjord Line and Color Line have daily departures from Strømstad – Sandefjord. Color Line has daily departures between Larvik and Hirtshals, Denmark. A delicious Christmas buffet will be served on board.


LarvikSandefjord and Tønsberg are decorated for Christmas shopping. Here you can buy Scandinavian design and special gifts to bring home with you. Our town centres offer both small shops and shopping centre.



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