Christmas in Norway: The main Christmas celebration in Norway is on Christmas Eve; the evening of December 24. People in Norway normally celebrate Christmas Eve with their close family and relatives, gathering for the Christmas dinner meal. Walk around the Christmas tree after dinner is an old tradition in Norway, still alive particularly among families with children.
Christmas presents from close family members and close friends are common among the Norwegians; the presents will normally be stored under the Christmas tree and then after dinner and the walk around the Christmas tree, they will be opened. A visit from Santa Claus (father or family member) on Christmas Eve is also quite common among families with children.
A large Christmas breakfast buffet (late) on December 25 is quite common, and for the rest of the Christmas Holiday the Norwegians normally gather with family and friends for coffee and typical Norwegian Christmas cakes and cookies, or traditional dinner meals.