Did you know that Seattle has a rich history of Nordic people and culture? You can learn about it year-round at the National Nordic Museum that is located in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood—or experience a taste at this year’s Julefest. Seattle’s Julefest is a Nordic Christmas celebration taking place at the National Nordic Museum this Saturday and Sunday (November 19-20, 2022). This event is sure to get you into the holiday spirit the Nordic way!
Read on for all you need to know about attending this year’s Julefest!
Seattle’s Julefest is an annual tradition that brings a traditional Nordic Christmas market to Ballard. The market is entirely outdoors (rain or shine) and is full of Nordic holiday traditions. You’ll be able to shop for gifts from over 30 local artists while enjoying live entertainment. There will be traditional Nordic treats as well, from Swedish meatballs to glogg (mulled wine).
There is also a wide variety of kid-friendly activities planned. Bring your little ones to Julefest to enjoy free activity books, photos with Santa, crafting activities, and more.
Finally, after the market closes at 5:00 p.m. the fun continues for adults at Julefest After Dark hosted by Skål Beer Hall (5429 Ballard Avenue). You can show your Julefest ticket at the beer hall for discounts on drinks, food, and swag.
You can buy tickets for Julefest online ahead of time or purchase them on-site. You’ll find that this is a budget-friendly event, especially if you’ve been meaning to visit the museum anyway, because your ticket to Julefest includes admission to the National Nordic Museum. So be sure to pop into the museum while you’re there and explore the galleries.
For more information and to register for Julefest, visit the Nordic Museum website.
Seattle’s Julefest 2022
When: November 19-20, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Where: National Nordic Museum in Ballard (2655 NW Market Street)
Cost: $10 for adults, $5 for ages 12-18 (free for children under 12 and museum members)