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a Nordic Christmas Celebration

Nov 20, 2021 - Nov 21, 2021

44th annual Julefest was a hit!

Thank you for coming! We will see you in 2022.

On November 20 and 21, 2021, the National Nordic Museum hosted its 44th annual Julefest. This cultural community event in Ballard drew more than 11,000 visitors to the Museum grounds and traditional outdoor Christmas market. During Julefest, visitors were immersed in a variety of Nordic holiday traditions including consuming more than 6,000 aebleskivers!

Julefest 2021
10am to 5pm
Saturday, November 20
Sunday, November 21

National Nordic Museum
2655 NW Market Street,
Seattle, WA 98107




Aerial shot of vendors

Free of Charge Thanks To Our Sponsors

We are thrilled to announce that thanks to a generous grant from the City of Seattle’s Department of Neighborhoods, the Museum was able to provide the community with free-of-charge admission to the 44th Julefest. We are most grateful for this Neighborhood Matching Fund grant that allowed us to welcome the entire community to the National Nordic Museum for this much-loved annual event!

Thank you too to Icelandair, Peoples Bank, The Seattle Times, Trident Seafoods, and Visit Ballard for their Julefest support. If you are interested in becoming a Museum sponsor, please see our sponsorship page.

Outdoor Christmas Market

Our outdoor Christmas Market featured Nordic holiday favorites, gifts, and fabulous food on Saturday, November 20, and Sunday, November 21. We were happy to welcome the following to Julefest: Aviv Jewelry, Ballard Alliance, Best Coast Canvas, Birgit Moenig Designs, Cooper Art and Abode, Elentari Handverk, Fern and Fjord, FinnPeaks, Freddy's Real Leaf Gifts, Holberg Glass, Horseshoe Boutique, Hovden Wear, Norskwear, Icelandair, Judy's Painted Treasures, Kos Candles, Larson Craft Co., Maddy's Crafts, Manic Meatballs, Monster Dogs, Natural By Design, Norden Aquavit, Norwegian Rosemalers, Paper Cut Kim, Rainy Day Bees, Renewal by Andersen, Scandinavian Design Studio, Scandinavian Hearts, Seattle Times, SIGIL, Sjoeblom Winery Glogg, Sky River Mead, Swede Hill Distilling, Swedish Dream, The Fish Basket NW, TwiggyPop Ranch, and Vulpine Espresso.

Please contact William Ekstrom, Marketplace Vendor Coordinator, via email if you would like information about the 2022 Julefest.

Support Julefest and the Museum!
Buy A Membership or Shop Gifts2Go

Members help support the Museum and its events year-round. To help this tradition continue and enjoy other Membership benefits, become a Museum Member today!


Looking for one-of-a-kind gift? Bid in our Julefest Gifts2Go. You can preview this fun virtual event here.  Bidding continues through November 27.


Valhalla Beer Hall

Our Valhalla Beer Hall is where Vikings and friends went to find their glögg, gløgg or glögi (doesn't matter how you say it, we had it and now it's all gone!). Thank you to our celebrity bartenders.

Valhalla entertainment included Solje Sister, Nordic Reeds, Winter Band, Skandia Kapell, Heart of Herring, Sprida Ut, Metro Gnomes, Troika, Duet Friends, and Allspice.

Thank you to Skål Beer Hall for the lovely after parties.

JulefestAfterDark: Rainbow Bingo

We were excited to host our first-ever RAINBOW BINGO, 6pm to 8pm on Saturday night, with our incredible hostess, Sylvia O'Stayformore. This JulefestAfterDark event was a sold out hit. Thank you to Sylvia, Tomte Tim, and the rest of the merry elves for making this a memorable addition to Julefest.

What Our Visitors Said

Here's what our visitors said. The ones that could talk!

“You guys brought life into our neighborhood and these last two days were the happiest I’ve seen [it]…Everyone I’ve talked to said it’s the best weekend we’ve had around here in a long time.”


  • Julefest 2021 Sponsors



Interested in volunteering for Julefest? Contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Timothy Krumland at   timothyk@nordicmuseum.org