Norwegian Holiday Festival & Bazaar

The 2016 Norwegian Holiday Festival & Bazaar will be Friday, December 2 (10 a.m.-6 p.m.) and Saturday, December 3 (9 a.m.-4 p.m.).

This will be our 46th annual event. Please see the December 2016 Capital Viking (pdf) for more details about products for sale at the bazaar and entertainment. 

Christ Lutheran Church, Fairfax, VA
3810 Meredith Drive, Fairfax, Virginia (directions)

Come out for two days of live music, a huge variety of imported foods (we have nokkelost!), lefse, krumkakker, and vaffler hot off the griddle, sweaters, jewelry, cookbooks, traditional baked goods including julekake, unique gift ideas, craft demonstrations, and much more! 

On Saturday at 10:30 our Children’s Choir will perform in English and Norwegian in the Church sanctuary. At 11:45 the Nordic Dancers will entertain. 

  • Imported Norwegian Foods
  • Cooking Demonstrations
  • Live Music & Folk Dancing
  • Weaving/Fiber Arts Demonstrations
  • Unique Gifts - Huge Selection
  • Nordic Sweaters
  • Rosemaling by Tina Keune
  • Children's Books & Toys
  • Jewelry

View photos and more information from the 2015 Festival.

Accordion player Paul Carlson Andrea Hoag
Left to right: Norwegian accordionist Jo Storaker; fiddler Paul Carlson; nordic violinist Andrea Hoag

Entertainment

Friday (bazaar open 10-6)
  • Accordion 10-12
  • Lefse 10-12
  • Nordic Knitting 10-2
  • Waffles & Krumkake 10-3
  • Hardanger Embroidery 10-4
  • Violin 12-2
Saturday (bazaar open 9-4)
  • Fjord horses 9-3 (weather permitting)
  • Accordion 9-11
  • Nordic Knitting 9-4
  • Nordic Weaving 9-4
  • Lefse 9:30-11:30, 1-3
  • Waffles & Krumkake 9:30-3
  • Children's Choir 10:30
  • Nordic Dancers 12-12:45
  • Scandinavian Fiddle 1-3
  • Norwegian Lundehunds (weather permitting)

Norwegian Cafe

Make sure to join us for Norwegian Lunch in our Norwegian Cafe — our menu includes authentic Norwegian pea soup served with cheese/Norwegian flatbread, hot dogs, lingonberry beverage, Solo, Voss water, coffee and other soft drinks!

children's crafts table Baked goods at the bazaar
Left to right: Children's Craft Activities, Rannveig Fredheim with her Kransekake and baked goods.

Items for Sale

Items for sale include:

  • Unique Gifts
  • Handcrafted Items
  • Norwegian Jewelry
  • CDs and DVDs
  • Cooking Appliances
  • Rosemaled Ornaments 
and Gifts by Tina Keune 
  • Hats,T-shirts, Clothing
  • Nordic Sweaters and Knitwear
  • Books, Cards, and Calendars
  • Tablecloths and Kitchen Linens
  • Christmas Ornaments and Decor
  • Porcelain, Pewter and Glass Decor
and Accessories
  • Baked Goods, Lefse, and Norwegian Chocolate
  • Vintage & Unique “Scandinaviana”
Knitting Nordic Weaving Nordic weaving A Shopkeeper's Daughter
Left to right: knitting by Solborg Jansberg; nordic weaving by Linda Hurt (2 photos); A Shopkeeper's Daughter, book by Rachel Wisdom 

Volunteers Needed

Festival Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteers receive 5% to 10% discount, depending on hours worked. Jobs include setting up at the Church on Thursday, Dec. 1, helping with the café and merchandise on Dec 2 and 3, and packing up after the event. No experience necessary; non-members and friends of the lodge welcome. 

Please fill out your availability on the volunteer sign-up sheet. If you have any questions, contact festival@norwaydc.org or call Marie at 703-815-3467.

Bazaar History

Our first Norwegian Christmas Bazaar was held in 1967 at the Washington Hilton Hotel. We have had an annual Christmas bazaar ever since. This event serves both as a fundraiser and as outreach to the community.

From 1997-2008, our bazaar was part of the Royal Norwegian Embassy’s Christmas at Union Station. From 2009-2012, our bazaar was held at the Fairfax Elks Club, and in 2013 it moved to a new location at Christ Lutheran Church in Fairfax, directly across the street from our lodge's home at the Norway House.