Julefest Christmas market returns to Ballard this weekend – My Ballard
The 44th edition Julefest returns to Ballard this weekend, with a two-day outdoor Christmas market at the National Nordic Museum.
This year’s Julefest will take place November 20-21 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will be free thanks to a grant from the Seattle City Department of Neighborhoods. The museum will also be free to visit on this day with live music and an appearance of Santa Claus.
Skål beer hall will host the Valhalla Beer Hall in the Great Hall in Osberg and serve gløggs made by Sjoeblom Winery and Norden Aquavit, beer and other goodies. Skål will also be hosting an after-party at its brewery, with the intention of serving rare aquavits and other “spicy holiday favorites”.
Live music will be playing throughout the weekend from Solje Sisters, Nordic Reeds, Winter Band (below), Skandia Kapell, Heart of Herring, Sprida Ut, Troika, Bjarne Jacobsen, Metro Gnomes, Duet Friends and Allspice.
The outdoor Christmas market will feature the usual Nordic holiday gifts and food, with many local businesses and artists planning to sell their wares. Suppliers who plan to attend are:Aviv Jewelry, Ballard Alliance, Best Coast Canvas, Birgit Moenig Designs, Elentari Handverk, Fern and Fjord, FinnPeaks, Freddy’s Real Leaf Gifts, Holberg Glass, Horseshoe Boutique, Hovden Wear, Ice Ame Norskwear, Iceland Air, Judy’s Painted Treasures, Kos Candles , Larson Craft Co., Maddy’s Crafts, Manic Meatballs, Monster Dogs, Natural By Design, Norden Aquavit, Norwegian Rosemalers, NW Fish Basket, 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, TwiggyPop Ranch and Vulpine Espresso.
New this year will be Rainbow Bingo (21 and over only) at the JulefestAfterDark from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday evening, hosted bySylvia O’Stayformore. The bingo will consist of 10 rounds of bingo with prizes and some musical numbers. Pre-registration is required for bingo; book a ticket here.