Jamestown, New York
Julmarknad - Swedish Christmas Market
The Jamestown city wide Swedish market day is December 1, 2018. Sponsored by the Scandinavian Studies Program at Jamestown Community College, this event is Western New York, Northwestern Pennsylvania and Ohio's opportunity to prepare for a Scandinavian Christmas.
One can begin the day at JCC's Hamilton Collegiate Center where the market begins at 9 AM until 1 PM. Several vendors, at least 26 tables, will be displaying homemade items as well local Scandinavian and imported heirlooms and many new Scandinavian gifts. Many local wooden items share the space with numerous imported Swedish copper items. The treasure's of our ancestors share space with new Swedish fabrics. There will be craft workshops, a procession of Lucia and her court, live music by Svenska Spelmän, ring dancing, activities with the Children's school, door prizes, lingonberry drink and coffee. All the above is free and open to the public. At 12 Noon a sampling of Swedish Christmas foods such as Janssons Festelse (Janssons Temptation), julskinka (ham), Swedish meatballs, and rice pudding will be served for a small donation.
After the visit to JCC one can drive around the corner to the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History for their free open house from 10 AM to 6:30 PM. Besides their exhibits from Roger Tory Peterson and Alberto Rey, they offer a door prize, refreshments, lighted nature trails, marshmallow roasting and more. Take to trip to Foote Avenue and visit Ecklof Bakery with their vort limpa, spritz, pepparkakor, Tom and Jerry mix, almond braids, tarts and much more. If you are lucky you can win their gift basket. Then stop at County Woods Country Store and Antiques for their Swedish room, free coffee and enter a drawing.
Peterson Farm offers samples of many Swedish food items and has an expansive Scandinavian gift shop. It is the place to order Swedish Christmas hams, sylta, lutfisk and korv. The Fenton History Center has a new exhibit entitled "A Little Women Holiday" which includes their decorated Swedish room. Wegmans offers food samples, a door prize, Svenska Spelmän music from 1:30 to 3:30, the Thule Children's Folk Dance Team at 2 PM and the Thule Adult Folk Dance Team at 2:30 PM.
Jamestown is the only place with such a Scandinavian focus in our three-state area. Where else but in Jamestown will the Swedish community open their doors to a full day of free food samples, raffles, music, folk dancing, workshops and many other events as we prepare for Christmas. For more information call 716-665-0883 or visit scandinavianjamestown.com.