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a Nordic Christmas Celebration

(Nov 23, 2019 - Nov 24, 2019)

It's time for our 42nd annual Julefest!

Pre-purchase tickets for Saturday, November 23 here

Pre-purchase tickets for Sunday, November 24 here

This annual event turns the Museum into a winter wonderland the weekend before Thanksgiving, with dozens of vendors to help you find the perfect present for everyone on your list. Look for authentic Nordic treats from Goodies2Go, kids' crafts and activities inside Santa's workshop...and even Santa himself!

Plus we'll have Nordic favorites like aebleskiver, live music, and dancing by incredible local groups, and so much more! 
We hope you'll become a Member or renew your current Membership during Julefest in the Admissions Tent! If you purchase at a Family level or higher, you'll receive a limited-edition Nordic Christmas ornament as our gift to you! 

Julefest Hours: 
10am–5pm, Saturday November 23 & Sunday November 24

Admission Prices: 

  • Free for Members and children 13 and under

  • $8 general admission (includes admission to Julefest and the Museum's permanent exhibitions. A $5 additional charge is required to view our current temporary exhibition, On the Edge of the World.) 

  • Pre-purchase tickets for Saturday, November 23 here

  • Pre-purchase tickets for Sunday, November 24 here

  • Your emailed receipt is your ticket! Bring that with you to Julefest

Our parking lot will be closed during the festival to expand our celebration offerings this year. For updates on parking in the neighborhood and other transportation options, be sure to sign up for the News from the Nordic newsletter or check the Parking page.



We will have 40 hand-picked artisan and craft vendors on site, so you're sure to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list. Each purchase directly supports local and Nordic artists as well as the Museum. 

We are no longer accepting applications to be a 2019 Julefest vendor. Please check back in March 2020 to apply to be a 2020 Julefest vendor. 




A winter market is nothing without tempting treats, delicious meals, and a nice spiced wine to toast with! Satisfy your sweet tooth with aebleskiver and our beloved Goodies2Go booth. Freya will serve open-face sandwiches. Our Nordic Grill will feature meatballs, lefse, hotdogs and brats, kringles, and more. 

Anthony's Finn the Food Truck in the parking lot for the freshest seafood around. We'll also have Sweet Mickey's on hand selling roasted nuts, and Flying Mug Coffee serving craft coffee and espresso.

To help food lines move faster this year, we have moved our aebleskiver stand to the East Garden with our Valhalla Beer Garden, which returns to serve up beer, glogg, wine, spirits, and aquavit. 


Julefest is a place for family fun! Kids will love having their photo taken with Santa thanks to Shutter Spark Studio. Photos with Santa will take place in our Cultural Resource Center on the second floor from 10am–4:30pm both days. 

New  this year is our Santa's Workshop area, where for a small donation kids can make tomte hats. See the Santa's Workshop section below to sign up. Also, be sure to get your free Tomte Trail passport at the Admissions Desk. Kids will have fun finding tomtes hidden throughout the Museum, and can turn in their completed passport for a chance to win a Family Membership. 

We'll have dozens of musicians and dancers throughout the weekend, making our halls merry and bright with beautiful music and dance. 

Santa's Workshop Kids' Crafts

Join us in Santa's Workshop for the ultimate Julefest kids' craft! Kids ages 4+ will learn the history of tomte (Christmas gnomes) and then craft their own tomte hat, perfect for celebrating the upcoming holiday season or for a picture with Santa.

Each crafting session is limited to 15 attendees. Each child will receive one hat to decorate. Children must be accompanied by an adult. No early arrivals. Santa's Workshop is located in our Craft Room on the first floor. 

Click the time below to sign up for the time-slot of your choice: 

Saturday, November 23

Sunday, November 24

Special thanks to New Season’s Market who sponsored the holiday cookie snack for each Santa's Workshop guest. 

Cost: $8/child


Tickets: $3 each

Our winter raffle kicks off at Julefest, and this year's grand prize is a trip for two to Iceland, courtesy of 50 Degrees North! Tickets can be purchased at the Admissions Desk or via roaming raffle ticket sellers throughout the festival. Tickets are on sale through December 31, at which time the winner will be drawn at 5pm. You do not need to be present to win. 


Our volunteers work tirelessly to bake the best Nordic treats this side of the Atlantic! A set amount of goodies are available each day, and when they're gone, they're gone. So make sure to shop these early! 

You'll find treats like: Julekake, currant cookies, Swedish heirloom cookies, shortbread, brunekake, chocolate wafer cookies, princess gems, ginger snaps, almond crescents, cardamom shortbread, cut jam cookies, thumbprints, krumkake, pebernodder, sugar cookies, farmer cookies (bondkakor), filbert butter cookies, tea breads (pumpkin, zucchini, cranberry), spritz, almond cake, muskotsnitter, Swedish coconut cookies, rosettes, cardamom rolls, julpepparkakor, rosettes,pulla, cardamom braid, Norwegian rye bread, and more. 


Julefest After Dark

Hosted at Skål Beer Hall

Keep your spirits bright with the National Nordic Museum Saturday night down at Skål. You'll find drink specials, raffle prizes, songs, and good company with the National Nordic Museum from 5–9pm Saturday night. 

  • Odin
  • Logo
  • Byen Bakery logo
  • 50 degrees north logo
  • Cort logo
  • Arcus logo
  • Skal Beer Hall
Interested in volunteering for our next Julefest? Contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Timothy Krumland at   [email protected]