The Nobel PrizeAward Ceremonies

Nobel Prize Award Ceremony 2012, © Alexander Mahmoud

10 December – A Magic Date

The Nobel Laureates take center stage in Stockholm on 10 December, when they receive the Nobel Medal and Diploma from King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden.

In Oslo, the Nobel Peace Prize Laureates receive their Nobel Peace Prize from the Chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee in the presence of King Harald V of Norway.

An important part is the presentation of the Nobel Lectures by the Nobel Laureates. In Stockholm, the lectures are presented days before the Nobel Prize Award Ceremony. In Oslo, the Nobel Laureates deliver their lectures during the Nobel Peace Prize Award Ceremony.


  • Since 1901, the Nobel Prizes have been presented to the Laureates at ceremonies.
  • The Nobel Peace Prize is awarded in Oslo, Norway and the Nobel Prizes in Physics, Chemistry, Physiology or Medicine and Literature and the Prize in Economic Sciences are awarded in Stockholm, Sweden.

 Medicine Laureate Thomas C. Südhof receiving his Nobel Prize from His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden. Copyright © Nobel Media AB 2013. Photo: Alex Ljungdahl.

Major International Events

A short introduction to the Nobel Prize Award Ceremonies and Banquets.

Read about the Award Ceremonies

Nobel Banquet Dessert. Copyright © Nobel Media AB 2014. Photo: Helena-Paulin Strömberg.

Menus with a Touch of Scandinavia

The menus from the Nobel Banquets give a historic glimpse of what was served at the 20th century feasts.

See all the menus, 1901-2016

The First Award Ceremony

The First Award Ceremony

Read some personal memories from the first ever Nobel Prize Award Ceremony on 10 December 1901.

Read Folke Henschen’s memories

Isaac Bashevis Singer

Ghost Stories in a Dying Language

Literature Laureate Isaac Bashevis Singer said he was often asked why he wrote in Yiddish. In his Nobel Banquet speech, he revealed the four reasons why he didn’t abandon his mother language.

Read the speech

Linda Buck

“It Was a Once in a Lifetime Experience”

Medicine Laureates Linda Buck and Richard Axel share some of their memories of the Nobel Day 2004 in a video interview.

Watch the video

Nobel Banquet

Nobel Banquet in Two Minutes

Watch the 2011 Nobel Banquet and the preparations before the festivities – condensed into just two minutes!

Watch the banquet video