You may have been to a Christmas market before, and you may have even visited my beloved Toronto Christmas Market in the heart of the city’s Distillery District. But have you ever been to a Swedish Christmas fair? Unless you’ve been to Sweden in December, you probably haven’t been, but you can change that this year. On the weekend of November 24th and 25th, the Swedish Christmas Fair at the Harbourfront Center is free for all to enter and it’s worth a visit.
For two days, you’ll be able to get a taste of Swedish culture surrounding Christmas, experiencing everything from music to festive drinks. One of the highlights this year is the carolers performing at the Lucia Pageant, and you can expect to hear both Canadian and Swedish songs. You’ll also be able to learn about Ikea and the history of its progression, which shouldn’t come as much of a surprise given that Ikea is one of the most Swedish things in the world.
As far as food goes, you have lots to choose from there. From Swedish meatballs to glogg, sampling the flavours of Sweden will be beyond simple to accomplish at the Swedish Christmas Fair. You can even bring home some lingonberry jam, or other tasty treats thanks to the vendors selling their goods at the fair. But if food isn’t your thing, you’re sure to find something amazing, and I’m personally looking forward to grabbing a few Swedish textiles because I live for that aesthetic!