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Julmarknad Handcraft Market & Festival

The sights and sounds of the Scandinavian marketplace returns the first weekend in December at one of the region’s largest handcraft markets and festivals. Shop handmade goods from more than 60 regional artists at booths inside ASI and out in the courtyard. Browse exceptional items from ASI’s own Jul Shop, alongside distinctive artisan glass, clothing, wood, jewelry, ceramics, and textiles.

Perfect for all ages, Julmarknad features pop-up musical performances, family crafts, story time, festival foods, and take home handcraft projects that celebrate the season. Kids – be on the look-out for Tomte Kajsa!

You’ll also have the chance to meet local artist and author of ASI’s book A to ZÅÄÖ: Playing with History at the American Swedish Institute, Tara Sweeney, and try taking a spin on a spark (kickled) from Scandia Kicksleds.

For first pick from our artist vendors and to experience the magic of ASI at night, come to the Julmarknad Preview Night on Friday, December 2!

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Schedule

· All-ages Make & Take Crafts of Papercut ornaments, holiday cards, and spool tomtes.

· Kubb League Tournament Courtyard Spectators welcome, Saturday only!

· Explore the Holiday Exhibition, Secrets of the Season.

· Play in the Family Gallery, Our Dragon Story.

· The Great Tomte Hunt Begins at Mansion Volunteer Desk! Find 3 tomtes hidden throughout the Mansion.

Food is served from 10am–4pm on Saturday & Sunday:

· FIKA Café serving classic menu.

· FIKA Café pop-up Courtyard serving pastries and beverages.

Sat, December 3

· 10 am: Kurt Nelson navalur Welcome

· 10 am: Renee Vaughan on nyckelharpa

· 10:30 am: ASI Male Chorus

· 11 am: Nyckelharpalag

· 11:30 am: Learn Swedish cow calling (kulokk) 

· 12 pm: Vasa Jr. Folkdancers

· 12:30 pm: Scott Keever on guitar

· 1 pm: Earthtones chorus

· 1:30 pm: ASI Cloudberries chorus

Sun, December 4

· 11 am: Lillalag youth fiddlers

· 12 pm: Learn Swedish cow calling (kulokk)

· 12:30 pm: ASI Spelmanslag adult fiddlers

· 1 pm: Nya Duvemåla Folkmusiklag

Julmarknad Vendors

Alison Wonderland Productions

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AnnMade in Minnesota

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Aqua Nabina

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B E Nelson Design

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Becky Utecht Felt & Fiber

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Beeper Bébé

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Beidler Made Books and Engraving

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Better Days Yarn Co.

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Big Stick Studio

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Birch & Body

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Birch Bark Beth

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Bonesteeth

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Catherine Schoenherr

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Coneflower Creative

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Devil’s Workshop

DoodleTown Toys

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Dottir

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Fireweed Community Woodshop

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Flemming Petersen & Company

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Folkdress Fantasy

Fringe & Fettle Ceramics

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Hallin.Designs

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HejLöv

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Homesteading Bliss

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Ilrid Vikings

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Imokim Pottery

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Jessica Doody Art + Craft

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Justad Glass

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Kilns of Flanders

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Kim Losse/Donna Millard Artists

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Kirsten Aune Textiles

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Laurie Jacobi Original Designs in Wool

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Liesl Chatman

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Lisa Rydin Erickson

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Lund Studios

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Marcia Almquist – The Little Red Trunk

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Open Cupboard Designs

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Orangerie Letterpress

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Rebecca Wicklund

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Simply Elegant Glass Art

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Stanley Leonard Studio

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Steller Handcrafted Goods

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STITCHESbycarin

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T & C Latane

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Third Daughter Restless Daughter

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Trailside Folk Art

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Traveling Tomten

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Väva! Veve!

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2022 Julmarknad Handcraft Market applications are closed for this year. Applications open early summer and close midsummer each year. If you are interested in receiving information about future Julmarknad applications and other market opportunities with ASI, 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.

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