Sjøgata is the street that runs through the heart of Mosjøen’s charming old quarter of wooden houses, with Christmas activities centred around the Christmas House at no. 25. Here you’ll find Santa Claus’s post box where the children can post their wish lists. In Mosjøen Santa Claus can’t be contacted by e-mail – no, kids have to post him a handwritten letter in the good old-fashioned way! – and every Wednesday and Saturday he comes in person to empty his post box.
Santa Claus and his helpers have their own workshop in Sjøgata. In the Vikgården country store and coffee shop you’ll hear hammering and sawing, merry chatter and song, coming from Santa’s workshop in the yard behind the store.
All the shops are bursting with Christmas decorations and lots of ideas for Christmas gifts, with traditional “nisser” hanging from the ceiling and a festive mix of witches, trolls and angels. The town’s many restaurants and cafés are also decked out for the festive season, and welcome you into the warm for hot drinks and a delicious Christmas menu.
Visit from Santa Claus
Mosjøen kicks off its Christmas festivities at 3pm on 26 November when the lights on the beautiful Christmas tree in the town square are turned on and the Christmas streets are opened. Hear the Christmas carols and music performed by brass band and youth choir, and readings from the Christmas gospel, and join the traditional walk around the Christmas tree – not forgetting a visit from Santa himself!
True to tradition, on the evening of the first Sunday in Advent an advent concert is held in the 18th century Dolstad Church, featuring the Mosjøen Hornmusikk brass band. You can look forward to a varied programme of atmospheric Christmas music and song that will give you time to reflect, forget your cares and feel the Christmas spirit of peace all around you. Guest artists for the occasion are the vocal group The Funka from Brønnøysund.
From the end of November there is one concert or event after the other right up until Christmas Eve. These include Granmoen Big Band’s great Christmas show, the warm and scintillating traditional fiddle music of acclaimed solo artist Jorun Marie Kvernberg, the rock opera “Heming Unge”, the Santa Lucia concert with Halsøy Choir, the traditional Christmas concert at “Heime hos Ane”, the outdoor carol service in Mosjøen town square, the music school’s Christmas concert, Christmas Eve church services, and many more.
Idyllic street of wooden houses
Sjøgata in Mosjøen is a uniquely well-preserved quarter of 19th century wooden houses and other buildings right down by the River Vefsna. Since the idea of conservation first took hold, the buildings have been beautifully restored, and little shops and cafés have moved in. The picturesque Dolstad Church, painted in a warm, Christmassy red, is an octagonal wooden church with an onion dome, built in 1735.
Mosjøen and Helgeland
Mosjøen is a charming little town within easy reach of the many attractive tourism destinations in the Helgeland region. Why not visit the tourism website of The Helgeland Tourist Board. It has a wealth of suggestions for activities and places to visit. The details in this article are from 2011, but 2012 will be much the same. Updates will follow.