Swedish Yuletide (English)

SAVE THE DATE 2015 – Saturday December 5

Highlights from 2014 below

Swedish Yuletide – The SWEA Fair and Holiday Celebration

For more information email: swedishyuletide[at]sweaboston.org

Swedish Yuletide in Boston – SWEA video

Modern Crime Fiction: A Journey Through Sweden

Swedish_CrimeJoin us on a journey through the darker, but fictional sides of Sweden – as seen and described by the numerous Swedish crime authors delighting fans of murder and mystery worldwide.

The exhibition Swedish Crime Scenes will take us from Ystad in the south to Kiruna in the north. A few years ago there were three Swedish crime fiction authors on the top ten list of most sold novels in Europe. Considering Sweden’s population of nine million, compared with over 800 million for Europe as a whole, it is something of a phenomenon. Sweden is not seen as a crime-ridden country but through authors like Stieg Larsson, Henning Mankell, Håkan Nesser, and many others, it has become known for fictional crimes.

Swedish Crime Scenes is first shown in America at Swedish Yuletide in Boston.

For more information click here

Courtesy of the Swedish Institute, Embassy of Sweden, Sweden.se, and with the assistance and support of the Consulate General of Sweden in Boston

More on current Swedish Crime Fiction and writers here

Swedish Yuletide

Since 1985, SWEA Boston has hosted Swedish Yuletide to celebrate Christmas and the holiday season with foods, crafts, gifts, Swedish cafés, musical entertainment, and activities for children. This annual event attracts thousands of visitors and is the largest Scandinavian event in New England.

Swedish Yuletide offers a smorgasbord of both traditional and contemporary Sweden. Visitors can enjoy Nordic style sandwiches, Swedish meatballs and waffles in the many cafés and, of course, glögg, the hot spicy beverage of the season. Unique gifts and designs are available to view or purchase through SWEA and the many vendors, such as home accessories, clothing, jewelry, Sami crafts, books and other extraordinary gifts. Foods and baked goods are also available to bring home.

The Swedish Christmas Tradition

Christmas in Sweden is a special time of year. The weather might be cold and gloomy with not much daylight, but the Swedes remain in good cheer by beginning celebrations with the start of Advent, four Sundays before Christmas. One candle is lit every Sunday to mark the coming holiday. Or by attending a Lucia procession on December 13.

What is Lucia?

Lucia is the celebration that takes place in Sweden on the year’s darkest day, December 13 – the shortest day according to the old calendar, i.e. before 1753.

Lucia, the Queen of Light, wears a white dress with a red sash and a crown of candles on her head. She leads a procession called “Luciatåg” where she is accompanied by several young attendants, also dressed in white with candles in their hands. They perform seasonal songs and bring coffee, ginger breads and saffron buns. But most importantly, they bring light amid the long and dark winter. To many, the highlight of Swedish Yuletide is the traditional Lucia procession. The children of Svenska Skolan (the Swedish School of Boston) participate together with Swedish students and au pairs under the direction of Karina Granbom.



Kaffestugan – The Swedish Café

Swedish Yuletide also offers customary foods – visitors can enjoy Swedish meatballs, shrimp and salmon sandwiches, cakes and waffles in several cafés, and, of course, glögg, the hot spicy drink of the season. Food and baked goods from the Swedish Crown Bakery in Worcester will be served but also available for purchase to bring home.

Open-face sandwiches with mounds of delicious shrimp, smoked salmon and more.

The “Våffelstuga” features freshly baked, heart-shaped waffles with jam and whipped cream.

And of course all the foods, pastries, cookies, cakes imaginable.


Illustration by
Margareta Bergman






Directions and Transportation

Map via Society of Crafts


Event parking at 540 Harrison Avenue $10 cash. 0.4 miles walk to Cyclorama.

More Transportation Information

Downloadable Images

  • Tomtar
  • little girl at SWEA Boston's Yuletide
  • Lucia Procession
  • Lucia and Children

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