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December 7 - December 8
Celebrate the sights, sounds, tastes and traditions of a Nordic Christmas! Enjoy the talents of Scandinavian artists and dance groups from around the Pacific Northwest on two separate stages. ScanFair is the only event in Portland where all the beautiful Scandinavian traditional and modern arts and crafts come together in one place for a two-day festival and marketplace.
Get your family’s picture taken with Finland’s jovial Santa on a beautiful set complete with reindeer and sleigh, and benefit the Finlandia Foundation’s Columbia Pacific Chapter. Children have a special area where they can make traditional Scandinavian Christmas crafts, including Danish Hjerte (woven hearts) and Swedish Julgranskaramel (poppers) to decorate the Christmas tree.
Eat food on the spot or take baked goods home. Enjoy Danish aebleskiver (apple pancake balls), Norwegian lefse & krum kake, Swedish meatballs with lingonberries, pickled herring and flat bread, rice pudding and fruit soup, Vorm Korv (hot dogs) and lots of coffee. Purchase books, meet authors, research your family’s roots with the Scandinavian Genealogical Society, and check out Scandinavian language schools. Match your Nordic taste buds and stomach against all comers in the all-you-can-eat pickled herring eating contest!
Looking for more winter events in Portland? Check out happenings like this one, just a short distance from our boutique hotel in Portland. A stay at Hotel Eastlund means you’ll be across the street from the Oregon Convention Center, next to the Moda Center and close to the best destinations, restaurants and attractions PDX has to offer. Whether you’re here for business, pleasure, or looking for Portland hotel specials, we look forward to helping you discover this beautiful city.