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ASI’s Christmas Market & Festival

The most wonderful time of the year at the American Swedish Institute – jul, or Christmas – includes the annual Julmarknad Christmas market and festival. This two-day celebration in December is ASI’s busiest weekend of the year, featuring the cornerstone market filled with handmade goods from talented local artists. The festival continues throughout campus with live music, pop-up performances, family crafts and activities, and specialty food prepared by FIKA. It’s the perfect time to see ASI’s annual holiday exhibition and the Turnblad Mansion decorated from floor to ceiling. 

Julmarknad takes place the first weekend in December. Stay tuned for details for the 2021 event!  

Vendor applications for the 2021 Julmarknad Handcraft Market are now closed. To be notified about future Julmarknad application cycles, please fill out this form.


Julmarknad celebrates the Swedish tradition of slöjd, or handcraft. ASI is committed to upholding this tradition all year round with the Nordic Handcraft series. Workshops, classes and demos taught by skilled instructors bring Nordic-inspired folk arts to life innovative and creative programs in textiles, wood, birch bark weaving, basketry, glass and more. Learn more about ASI’s Nordic Handcraft Programs.

A tradition that can be traced back to the middle ages, outdoor holiday markets are a hallmark of the Swedish holiday season, which begins with the First Advent in November and ends on St Knut’s day on January 13. Nearly every town in Sweden has its own Julmarknad, characterized by small red sheds decorated for the season and filled with handmade goods from local vendors.