State Fairgrounds, Raleigh NC - 10am - 5pm, Saturday Dec. 2nd, 2023

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Welcome to the Scandinavian Christmas Fair
Dec. 2nd, 2023, Raleigh, North Carolina
Kerr Scott Building, State Fairgrounds

The Scandinavian Christmas Fair in Raleigh, North Carolina is an authentic celebration of the traditions of the Scandinavian countries, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland and Iceland.

This old-world celebration is certain to get you in the spirit of the season. This year marks the 27th anniversary of the Julmarknad (Christmas Fair in Swedish) and it attracts people from Scandinavia and of Scandinavian descent as well as many Americans who have made this an annual tradition.

Several local Scandinavian organizations are represented at the fair and there are plenty of opportunities to learn a little more about the people and customs of the Scandinavian countries. You might even pick up a few words in a local tongue and develop a taste for that traditional herring!

The Scandinavian Christmas Fair is sponsored by Vasa - a Swedish-American organization. The proceeds of this event go towards scholarships and to support local Scandinavian initiatives.

Talented artisans and vendors offer unique crafts and gifts from all over Scandinavia. You will find everything from knives and quilts to crystal pieces, jewelry, home made bread, and Christmas decorations.


The Lucia Procession is one of the highlights. Children and adults perform traditional songs in costumes of Lucia, gnomes, and Staffan the Farmhand. Other family activities include visit with Tomten (Santa), dancing around the Christmas tree, storytelling, and Swedish candy.

On stage
The stage has something going on the entire day.
The local Scandinavian community will be showing traditional folk dances, playing folk music and singing. There will be a “fashion show” featuring the beautiful folk costumes of the Scandinavian countries.

The fair features a variety of homemade foods, such as Swedish meatballs, salmon and pea soup. Visit the Swedish Fika for coffee and wonderful home baked pastries. Try the traditional spiced wine (glögg) and salty candy!

Lucia 2011