"Keeping traditions from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden since 1937"

Experience the Magic of Julfest: A Nostalgic Journey into Authentic Scandinavian Traditions and Delights

Picture this - it's that magical time of the year again; the air is filled with a sense of nostalgia and a warm, festive spirit. Yes, we're talking about Julfest, your cherished annual tradition that's been around since 1937. As the club's most popular event, Julfest is a veritable smorgasbord of Scandinavian celebrations that weave together authentic customs, delectable delicacies, and a sense of togetherness unlike any other. Don't be the one to miss out on this unforgettable extravaganza that will not only immerse you in rich Scandinavian traditions but also make this festive season one for the memory books. 

As you step into the grandeur of Julfest, the first spectacle to grace your senses is an authentic Lucia procession. This enchanting spectacle, steeped deep in tradition, instantly transports you to the heart of Scandinavia, with its beautifully adorned Lucia, singing with a crystalline voice that's as inviting as the warm embrace of Glögg. 

Glögg, a spiced and often sweetened form of Mulled wine, is an integral part of Scandinavian Jul (Christmas) celebrations. Its warming embrace provides comfort against the winter cold and pairs perfectly with the flavorful delights of Sild (herring). 

Savor the bounty of Sild, a Scandinavian tradition, as your taste buds feast on its unique, rich flavors. It's a customary dish, usually served pickled with a side of onions, pickles and sour cream. But that's just the beginning of your lush feast. 

Expand your culinary horizons with the cornucopia of delectable Scandinavian main plates on offer. Each recipe is a testament to the simple, yet flavorful Nordic ingredients that take center stage in every mouthful, lovingly prepared to evoke feelings of comfort and joy. 

Moreover, Julfest is not merely about the gastronomic experience; it's a symphony of festive entertainment that lulls you into a jovial mood, amplifying your celebrations. Take part in traditional dances, listen to folk tunes, and share laughter and stories, creating cherished bonds and memories that last beyond the festival's glow. 

So, immerse yourself in these rich Scandinavian traditions and partake in the magic of Julfest. We promise a festive extravaganza unlike any other, where you will build friendships, create cherished memories, and taste unforgettable culinary delights. Don't miss out on this annual feast of joy and camaraderie - join us as we celebrate Julfest!

Lucia Procession

The Lucia procession, traditionally held on December 13th, has deep historical roots in Sweden. It dates back to the 18th century and is associated with Saint Lucia, a symbol of light and hope during the darkest time of the year.

Traditionally held in Sweden, the Lucia procession features a young woman, dressed in a white gown with a crown of candles adorning her head, who emerges to lead the way. With grace and serenity, she carries a tray of saffron buns and ginger cookies, offering these sweet treats to guests as a symbol of bringing light during the winter solstice.

Her entourage, including star boys and girls, follow in white robes, creating a mesmerizing display of candlelight. The Lucia procession is a symbol of warmth, generosity, and the spirit of giving, making it a heartwarming part of our Julfest celebration.

Join us in witnessing and participating in this beautiful tradition that captures the essence of Scandinavian holiday magic and pays homage to its rich historical origins.

"Julemand" Santa Visits

Children enjoy a visit from Mr & Mrs Claus. Each child registration includes a gift!


Hors d'oeuvres 

Begin the evening with some of our authentic hors d'oeuvres, a delightful journey into the flavors of Scandinavia. The smorgasbord offers traditional hors d'oeuvres that will transport your taste buds to the Nordic regions. Enjoy a selection of savoury and delectable bites, including herring varieties, crispbread paired with a selection of deli meats & artisanal cheeses, and complement your hors d'oeuvres with our signature glögg (mulled wine) and aquavit (a traditional Scandinavian spirit) for a truly authentic experience.


Svensk Kødboller

Swedish meatballs

Indulge in the comforting taste of authentic Swedish meatballs, served atop a bed of creamy mashed potatoes and generously smothered in savory gravy. A side of broccoli completes this hearty and classic Scandinavian dish.

Kylling med kartfolfer og grønesager

Chicken with Mashed potatoes and vegetables

Savor the delightful flavors of our tender chicken breast wrapped around crisp asparagus spears, accompanied by creamy mashed potatoes and perfectly cooked green beans. 

Additional options

We have children's meals, as well as a vegan (GF) meal. Please chose your meal option in the registration form.

Scandinavian Club of Columbus is a 501(c)7 non-profit organization. Scandinavian Club of ColumbusP.O Box 14296, Columbus,OH 43214-0296 hej@scandiclub.com

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