State Fairgrounds, Raleigh NC - 10am - 5pm, Saturday Dec. 2nd, 2017

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The 2017 Scandinavian Christmas Fair will be from 10am-5pm Saturday December 2nd, 2017 at Holshouser Building, NC State Fairgrounds. Click here for directions

2016 Main Stage Entertainment
10:00 Doors open
10:30 Traditional dancing around the Christmas tree
11:00 The Triangle Spelmanslag performs traditional Scandinavian music
12:00 Welcome
National anthems with Vasa Drängar and presentation of the National Flags
12:30 Nordic Lights Ensemble performs traditional and contemporary folk music from Sweden, Norway and Finland
1:10 Folk Costume Show featuring ethnic costumes of the Nordic countries
1:30 Vasa Drängar Swedish Men's Choir of Atlanta presents a program of traditional Scandinavian and seasonal songs
2:15 ScanDans performs folk dances from the Nordic countries

The YellowBlue plays music from around the world

3:30 Traditional Lucia Procession
4:15 Raffle drawing
4:45 Traditional dancing around the Christmas tree, followed by "Julgrans Plundring" (Looting the Christmas tree!)
5:00 The 2016 Scandinavian Christmas Fair closes
For the Kids!

Games, crafts and movies at Pippi Longstocking's house - Villa Villekulla!

Julgransplundring of the Christmas Tree. (the children keep what they 'plunder' from the tree!)

Ring dances around the Christmas tree
Lucia procession

Ongoing activities
Demonstrations of Traditional Crafts
Cultural Exhibits of Life in Scandinavia
Authentic food and beverages for sale



The Triangle Spelmanslag
Spelmans LagetThe Triangle Spelmanslag (Scandinavian folk band) studies and performs traditional folk music from the Nordic countries. Located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, these musicians use instruments such as fiddle, tramporgel (pump organ), nyckelharpa, hardingfele and accordion. For more information, contact Katherine Polk (919) 967-4967.

ScanDansScandans presents the folk dances of Sweden Norway, Denmark, Finland and Iceland! The mission of the Scandans organization is to showcase the rich cultural heritage of the Nordic countries through the presentation of traditional dance and authentic national folk costumes. Drawing from a performance repertoire of over 100 dances, the Scandansers have educated and entertained diverse audiences at many local, regional and national events. For more information, visit

Vasa Drangar 2015Vasa Drängar
Vasa Drängar, a men’s choir from Atlanta, GA, was founded in 1996. This year marks their 11th year of performing at the Scandinavian Christmas Fair! They present and promote Swedish culture in Georgia and throughout the southeastern United States. They cover a wide range of musical compositions and genres and sing not only in Swedish but also in English and other languages.


The YellowBlue
The YellowBlue (Alla Melnik and Göran Rygert) play music from all around the world. They have a comprehensive repertoire. At the 2016 fair they will play mostly Swedish and Scandinavian melodic songs and dance-inspiring folk music -- but there is a chance that they also may include one or two rhythmic and energetic eastern European songs. Alla plays the button accordion (bayan) and Göran plays the bass.

Nordic Lights

Nordic Lights

The Nordic Lights ensemble plays traditional and contemporary folk music from Sweden, Norway and Finland -- including music for Scandinavian social dances such as waltz, hambo, mazurka, polka, schottische and snoa -- as well as a selection of polskas from several Nordic regions. Feel free to dance by the stage while they play!