Since 1986, SWEA Boston has hosted Swedish Yuletide to celebrate Christmas and the holiday season. This annual fundraiser attracts thousands of visitors and is the largest Scandinavian event in New England.
Swedish Yuletide enables SWEA Boston´s support of Swedish and Scandinavian organizations and events as well as scholarships to American women who wish to study or pursue projects in Sweden.
Swedish Yuletide offers a smorgasbord of both traditional and contemporary Sweden. Unique gifts and designs are available to view or purchase through SWEA and the many Scandinavian vendors. Home accessories, clothing, jewelry, crystal, books and so much more. Food along with baked goods from Crown Bakery are also available to bring home.
Buy raffle tickets, try your luck at the tombola or enter the door prize lottery. The raffle includes prizes from Hästens, Fjällräven, Boston Balans, Polarn O. Pyret and In2Design. The SWEA Tombola and its many instant-win prizes is a popular destination for all ages.
Music and entertainment
The Lucia pageants perform at 11:30 AM and 2 PM under the direction of Jenny Bonham-Carter with the children from the Swedish School together with visiting students and au-pairs. The SWEA Singers, led by Eva DiLascio, join us again for some holiday classics. The choral group Northbound returns to Swedish Yuletide. As always, our accordionist Dan Mackowiak will be back. At the end of the day, Max Holm together with Aida Frantzén and Ludvig Broll of Norway, and Jonathan Christenser of Denmark will entertain with familiar tunes by Vreeswijk, Gärdestad, Zetterlund and jazzy interpretationsof some holiday favorites. Max is a Presidential Scholar at the Berklee College of Music and an award-winning musician with a strong foundation in classical and jazz piano.
Food and beverages
Visitors can enjoy Swedish meatballs and waffles, sandwiches, pastries and more at the Swedish cafés. Glögg, the hot spiced beverage of the season, will get you warmed up and ready for the Swedish holiday experience.
Barnhörnan – The Kid’s Corner
The youngest visitors are welcome to our Kid’s Corner located behind the stage where they can make Christmas ornaments and fish for small gifts from our ”fishpond”. The Kid’s Corner is a popular part of the fair for the youngest and can be busy at times.
Swedish Yuletide’s Sponsors & Contributors