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46th Annual Julefest: Vendors and Entertainment


Written September 13, 2023


  • Norden Aquavit - hand-crafted Aquavit from Michigan\
  • Sjöblom Glögg - authentic Swedish glögg, produced in Napa Valley, California
  • Skål Beer Hall - Viking-inspired Beer Hall honoring the Nordic roots of Ballard
  • Sky River Mead - locally-brewed meads, drinking horns, and holiday wreaths
  • Swede Hill Distilling - Yakima-based craft distillery producing whiskey, flavored vodka, and flavored moonshine
  • Hygge Chocolates - Scandinavian-Inspired artisan chocolates and confections inspired by comfort and coziness
  • Rainy Day Bees - hyper-local honey from Seattle neighborhoods; handmade beeswax candles and candle holders
  • Salt Blade - artisan-made salami and gift packs
  • Anna Svensson Art - unique, unscented branched candles in Scandinavian style, as well as winter/Christmas-themed poured candles in the shape of snowballs, gnomes, gingerbread men, etc.
  • Birgit Moenig Designs - hand-painted silk scarves, stainless steel scarf holders, and 3D metal ornaments
  • Fern and Fjord - Vintage Nordic home décor and wares
  • FinnPeaks - wooden trays, wool blankets, wood jewelry, linen table runners, kitchen towels, candleholders, and watercolors with Finnish design flair
  • Judy's Painted Treasures - hand-painted woodenware - Norwegian rosemaling and Christmas items.
  • Kos Candles - eco-friendly and vegan candles inspired by Kos, the Norwegian word for "anything that brings you love, joy, and cozy living"
  • Larson Craft Co. - handsewn flag pennants and market bag; hand-painted signs with Viking and God Jul décor; Scandinavian ornaments with Dala horses and gnomes
  • Maddy's Crafts - handmade gnomes, paintings, cards, and other small items. Everything is made and sold by Madelyn, 14 years old.
  • The Modern Dane – Danish organic linen bedding in designs that celebrate the splendor of Scandinavian nature.
  • Natural by Design Wood Art - hand-turned wood art; bowls, vessels, Christmas trees, etc.
  • Norwegian Rosemalers - hand-painted wooden-ware in the Norwegian Rosemaling style
  • Pammy's Attic - handcrafted gnomes and charcuterie boards
  • Reed Hammer and Needle - high-performance kitchen knives and very durable leather products including wallets and knife sheaths
  • Scandinavian Design Studio - Scandinavian tees, stickers, holiday ornaments, and gifts
  • Scandinavian Hearts - stickers, wood hearts, ornaments, earrings, and books with Scandinavian styles and symbols
  • TempleFire - master oven mason specializing in the design and construction of wood-fired masonry ovens and stoves.
  • Twiggypop Ranch - handmade felted goods
  • Best Coast Canvas - high quality waxed canvas and wool aprons, verksted aprons, and tool bags made in the USA
  • Elentari Handverk - handcrafted gold, silver, gemstone, and enamel jewelry featuring Norwegian filigree and ancient Norse motifs reimagined for modern times
  • Freddy's Real Leaf Gifts - real leaves dipped in gold, copper, and silver and formed into Christmas ornaments and jewelry
  • Hovden Wear - Scandinavian clothing and accessories inspired by tradition and made for the modern day
  • MorMor Crafts - hand-knit tams, ski caps, and mittens with Norwegian motifs
  • Norskwear - Norskwear sweaters and accessories
  • SIGIL - raw mineral jewelry inspired by the rugged landscapes and folklore of Iceland

In addition to the above vendors, the Nordic Museum Store will be open throughout Julefest with Christmas decorations, Nordic candy, gifts, Museum merch, and more!


For a full schedule of performances, please visit

  • Allspice - international folk dance group playing a variety of Scandinavian and original tunes
  • Duet Friends - friends for over 20 years, this group plays Skandia Duets and brings new life to forgotten tunes!
  • Finnish Choral Society - mixed choral group singing Finnish folk, patriotic, humorous, sacred, and secular songs
  • Hjarta Herring - Scandinavian folk group that has been playing Julefest and other events since the days of the old museum!
  • Iceland Groove Project - playing traditional Scandinavian music in the great Northwest since 1957!
  • Karusellen - a professional band of Icelanders with vast experience playing in Seattle, Iceland, and elsewhere
  • Metro Gnomes - 5-piece band playing Nordic tunes for dancing and listening
  • Norwegian Ladies Chorus - Scandinavian women's choral group singing Norwegian music. Active since 1936!
  • Seattle Skandia Spelmanslag - Scandinavian stringed instrument group playing dancing music with verve, experience, and joy!
  • Skandia Kapell - playing traditional Scandinavian music in the great Northwest since 1957!
  • Sølje Sisters - musical Ensemble that has been playing in Seattle for 25 years/ Plays Scandinavian Folk Music
  • Sprida Ut - Scandinavian folk group playing instrumental and vocal songs
  • Swedish Singers of Seattle - mixed choral group keeping the tradition of Swedish music vibrant in Seattle
  • TinnFelen - Norwegian Hardangerfeles group playing for over 20 years in Seattle
  • The Winter Band - 5-piece band that plays traditional Scandinavian waltzes and dance tunes