ScanFair 2022: Nordic Christmas Market

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ScanFair 2022: Nordic Christmas Market

Experience the sights, sounds, tastes, and traditions of a Nordic Christmas Market

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Oregon Convention Center 777 Northeast Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard Exhibit Halls A & A1 Portland, OR 97232

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Refund Policy

No Refunds

About this event

  • 1 day 7 hours
  • Mobile eTicket
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ScanFair brings Scandinavia to Portland through traditional food and drink vendors; an entertainment program focused on cultural heritage; games, activities, and crafts; and welcoming local community organizations.

Tickets are valid for both days! Just keep your wristband to access the 2nd day of festivities.

Saturday December 10th: 10am - 5pm

Sunday December 11th: 10am - 4pm

Thank you to our sponsors: Scan Design Foundation, LeafGuard, Columbia Bank, T-Mobile!

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Delicious and traditional Nordic foods are plentiful in our food court, sponsored by T-Mobile!

Scandinavian Cafe (Booth 509) - Swedish meatballs in brown cream gravy with potatoes, lingonberry and bread roll, Danish medister pølse (sausage) with potatoes, gravy, red cabbage and bread roll, Scandinavian pancakes (crepe like) with berries and whipped cream, Norwegian rommegrøt (celebration pudding) with cinnamon and sugar, fresh pastries

Easy to Please (Booth 408) - Grilled cheese sandwiches (Scandinavian flavors), tomato soup, chips

Harmoni Lodge #472 VOA (Booth 400) - Varmkorv (sausages) and mashed potates, yellow pea soup and battered bread

Himmelbjerget/NW Danish Association (Booth 515) - Æbleskiver w/ jam, coffee

Carina's Bakery (Booth 401) - Scandinavian vegan baked goods including almond cake, cardamom buns, breads, holiday cookies, marzipan tarts, lingonberry tea, coffee, sausage rolls/mushroom pies

Bread Lady (Booth 307) - Nordic breads and pastries, cinnamon buns, blueberry pastries, cardamon cookies, cardamon bread, orange rye, sourdough rye

Hygge Chocolates (Booth 309) - Chocolate bars, seasonal confections, spreads

Jamie's Kafferep (Booth 410) - Baked goods of Swedish cardamom buns (kardemummabullar), cinnamon buns (kanelbullar), saffron buns (lussekatter), cardamom braids (kardemummaflätor), chocolate slices (chokladsnittar), raspberry caves (hallongrottor), caramel slices (kolasnittar), and gingerbread cakes (mjuk pepparkakor)

Portland Estonian Society (Booth 303) -Aleksander Tort (two layers of shortbread with raspberry filling between the layers and a lemon icing on top), and coffee and chai tea

Portland Nordic Chorus (Booth 412) - Cardamom braids, fruited tea rings, rye bread, rum balls

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Walk our aisle of spirits, wine, beer, mead, aquavit and more!

Oran Mor Artisan Meadery (Booth 206)- Mead tastings and bottle sales for off premise consumption, mead horns, and merchandise

Ridgewalker Brewing (Booth 211) - Beer garden featuring samples and special guests

Rolling River Spirits (Booth 501) - Scandinavian spirit Aquavit with both aged and unaged varieties. Try with a pairing from Scandinavian Cafe

Sjoeblom Winery (Booth 202) - Featuring Glögg, Swedish infused wine

Stillweather Spirits (Booth 200) - Offering three unique spirits: two gins and an aquavit

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Performance Schedule

Watch dancers, listen to music, participate in contests, see fashion, view awards, and watch the Lucia Court procession! There's so much to see and do at ScanFair.

Saturday 12/10

10am Doors

10:20 - 11:05 Revontuli (Finnish strings and woodwinds)

11:15 - 12:00 Liam Barnes and friends (Traditional Nordic folk dance tunes/songs)

12:10 - 12:55 Granstrom & Rogers (Contemporary music from Sweden and Oregon)

1:00 - 1:15 Scandinavian of the Year

1:15 - 1:30 Pickled Herring Eating Contest sponsored by Broder Söder

1:30 - 1:45 Timberhaven Vikings Fashion Show

1:55 – 2:40 Nye Älgen (Nordic folk music and dance)

2:50 - 3:35 Martha and Maren (Norwegian Hardanger fiddles)

3:45 - 4:30 Varelse (Instrumental folk fusion)

5pm Show ends

Sunday 12/11

10am Doors

10:20 - 10:35 Timberhaven Vikings Fashion Show

10:45 - 11:30 Robert Gustafson and Avi Gaston (Nordic Christmas songs)

11:40 - 12:25 Tulehoidjad (Estonian traditional dance/music)

12:30 - 1:30 Portland Nordic Chorus & Lucia Court of Oregon

1:30 - 2:00 Meatball Eating Contest sponsored by Scandinavian Cafe

2:10 - 2:55 SusseFusse (International folk dance youth troupe)

3:05 - 3:50 Vasa Youth Dancers(Swedish folk dance youth group)

3:50 - 4:00 Raffle Drawing

4pm Show ends

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Official Oregon Lucia Court

Nordic Northwest's Lucia Scholarship program puts young women with an interest in Nordic heritage in touch with a beloved legend of Scandinavian Christmas. Watch the procession as they walk through the event with candle crowns. Check it out Sunday at 12:30pm.

Joulupukki ("Finnish Santa Claus")

Take a photo with Joulupukki and his reindeer, Oskar! Find Santa in the central area by the exhibit hall entrance. Brought to you by the Finlandia Foundation Columbia-Pacific Chapter (booth 311).

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Viking Ship and Timberhaven Vikings

Take a picture with a 20' replica Viking Ship and learn how Vikings lived with an historical exhibit featuring Viking re-enactors. Find the ship in the central area by the entrance, and the Timberhaven Vikings in booth 249.

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Kids Area

Create ornaments and other crafts, draw in coloring books, and more! The kid's area is presented thanks to a sponsorship by LeafGuard.

Scavenger Hunt

We've hidden 30 gnomes throughout the event! Can you find them? Sign up at the Nordic Northwest table at booth 135, finish the scavenger hunt, and collect your prize.

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Buy tickets to the raffle at the Nordic Northwest table at booth 135 and choose which items you want to try your luck for! Top prizes include a $1,500 gift certficate to Icelandair and $500 cash! There are 26 other raffle items to win as well! You do not need to be present to win. Items are:

  • $1,500 Gift Certificate (IcelandAir/Beth Ann Young)
  • $500 cash or check (Aase Besson)
  • Trailblazers Tickets: 12/26 vs Charlotte Hornets, Club Sec. 230, Row D, Seats 3&4; parking pass (Christiana Smith-Shi)
  • Basket of 14 items, value $540 (Scantik Butik/Marilyn Schroeder)
  • Gift Basket, value $200 (Teresa Tuomi)
  • Broder Söder $50 Gift Certificate (Broder Söder)
  • Friends Forever (5 items) (Cherie and John Briggs)
  • Moose Country (3 items) (Cherie and John Briggs)
  • Crystal Royal Copenhagen bowl & Crystal Vase with bird and cottonwood etching (NNW Vintage Sale Committee)
  • 13 Hans Christian Anderson ornamenrts, Hanne design pixie doll, 2 Paper Christmas cutouts (Annette Koford)
  • Moose Country (4 items) (Cherie and John Briggs)
  • Pumpkin Season (7 items) (Cherie and John Briggs)
  • 6 handmade ornaments set of gnomes with flags (Äiti Workshop/Julie Dexter)
  • Gnomes Night (3 items) (Cherie and John Briggs)
  • Hand Knitted Alpaca taupe/cream assmetrical shaped shawl/scarf (Nordic Knitters/Kay Peterson Irwin)
  • Fula Time (4 items) (Cherie and John Briggs)
  • Big Guy Gnome and his Yeti (2 items) (Cherie and John Briggs)
  • Georg Jensen Silver 5 Candles Holder (NNW Vintage Sale Committee)
  • Fogelbo Private Tour and book: The Life and Times of Ross Fogelquist and Fogelbo His Steiner Log House (Ross Fogelquist)
  • Cookie Time (4 items) (Cherie and John Briggs)
  • Hand knitted yellow 3 piece infant outfit of acrylic (Nordic Knitters/Kay Peterson Irwin)
  • Cook and Eat tickets for 2 for January 2023 - Finish Peasoup and Grandmas's Oven Pancake (NNW Cook & Eat Committee)
  • Tools for Cooks (2 items) (Cherie and John Briggs)
  • Hand knitted cowl/hat, pink nisse (Nordic Knitters/Joanna Cain & Christina)
  • Tumbler (Heart Song Arts Pottery/Meg & Samuel Turmer)
  • Gnomes in a Basket (8 items) (Cherie and John Briggs)
  • Gift Basket (Orange Pippins/Bria Phillips)
  • Gnome on Snowshoes (Pendletomten/Nancy McLean)
  • Gonome pulling sled with children on it (Pendletomten/Nancy McLean)

Eating Contests

Sign up at the Nordic Northwest area (booth 135)! Pickled herring is provided by Broder Söder (at 1:15pm Saturday) and meatballs provided by Scandinavian Cafe (1:30pm Sunday). Winner of each contest gets a $50 gift certifcate to Broder Söder.

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Scandinavian of the Year

Who will win this prestigious achievement in 2022? Find out on the stage, Saturday at 1pm.

Kubb ("Viking Chess")

Showcase your skills or learn how to play this lawn game, rumored to have been created by Vikings in the Middle Ages.

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Shop our selection of Nordic and other vendors for amazing holiday gifts!

We are out of space for new vendors, but you may contact us to be put on our waiting list

Please see our Vendor Map

  • Äiti Workshop (Booth 560)
  • Blue Ice Design (Booth 359)
  • Bread Lady (Booth 307)
  • Breqa Bee 3D (Booth 661)
  • Carina's Bakery (Booth 401)
  • Carrot Flower Creative (Booth 657)
  • Carved Wooden Treasures (Booth 461)
  • Celtica (Booth 651)
  • CJs Creative Memories (Booth 555)
  • Coral's Pure Beeswax Candles & Keepsakes (Booth 665)
  • Daniela M. (Booth 460)
  • Dream Stones by Desirae (Booth 353)
  • DS Johnson Enterprises (Booth 313)
  • Easy to Please LLC (Booth 408)
  • Elderberry Textiles (Booth 557)
  • Elentari Handverk (Booth 348)
  • Fern and Fjord (Booth 212)
  • Finlandia Foundation Columbia-Pacific Chapter (Booth 311)
  • Folkart of Norway (Booth 653)
  • Forelsket LLC (Booth 201)
  • Forest Whimsy (Booth 453)
  • Full Moon Tradesman (Booth 203)
  • Gayle's Art Enterprises (Booth 449)
  • Harmoni Lodge #472 VOA (Booth 400)
  • Heart Song Arts Potttery (Booth 352)
  • Himmelbjerget/NW Danish Association (Booth 515)
  • Hurricane Hair Wraps (Booth 253)
  • Hygge Chocolates LLC (Booth 309)
  • IcelandAir (Booth 216)
  • Jamie's Kafferep (Booth 410)
  • JayPalmerBooks (Booth 658)
  • Ladyfern Designs (Booth 459)
  • La Frenchie Patisserie (Booth 210)
  • Marilee Tillstrom: Papercraft & Vintage Treasures (Booth 553)
  • Melanie Nelson (Booth 562)
  • Naturally Fun (Booth 648)
  • Neil Cutler (Booth 561)
  • New Sweden Cultural Heritage Society (Booth 463)
  • Nomadic Artistry (Booth 349)
  • Nordic Allure (Booth 207)
  • Nordic Folklore (Booth 255)
  • Nordic Knitters & Fiber Arts Club (Booth 356)
  • Nordic Language Camps (Booth 151)
  • Nordic Northwest (Booth 135)
  • Nordic Trader (Booth 650)
  • Nordiskal (Booth 556)
  • Norskwear (Booth 358)
  • Oran Mor Artisan Meadery (Booth 206)
  • Orange Pippins (Booth 662)
  • Paper Cut (Booth 363)
  • Pendletomten (Booth 218)
  • PNW Felts and Full Fult Designs (Booth 654)
  • Portland Estonian Society (Booth 303)
  • Portland Nordic Chorus (Booth 412)
  • Purrfect for You (Booth 660)
  • Repurposed Wood Studio (Booth 549)
  • Ridgewalker Brewing (Booth 211)
  • Rolling River Spirits (Booth 501)
  • Scandi Knits (Booth 455)
  • Scandinavian Cafe (Booth 509)
  • Scandinavian Design Studio (Booth 355)
  • Scandinavian Genealogical Society (Booth 261)
  • Scantik Butik (Booth 548)
  • Sea Shell's Embroidery (Booth 559)
  • Shooting Star Design (Booth 456)
  • Sjoeblom Winery (Booth 202)
  • Sons of Norway (Booth 153)
  • Stillweather Spirits (Booth 200)
  • Susie Larsson Design (Booth 457)
  • SWEA Portland (Booth 452)
  • Swedish Dream (Booth 448)
  • Swedish Roots In Oregon (Booth 554)
  • The Tomte Cake (Booth 301)
  • Thistle Patch Fiber Studio (Booth 302)
  • Threaded Gems (Booth 308)
  • Timberhaven Vikings (Booth 249)
  • Tistel Swedish Design (Booth 306)
  • Tokerud Designs (Booth 300)
  • Usborne Books & More (Booth 659)
  • Viking Raids (Booth 663)
  • Whimcycle (Booth 350)
  • Wild Hearts Market (Booth 354)
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Sponsors and Volunteers

Interested in being a sponsor ? Email us at info [at] nordicnorthwest [dot] org

Click here for volunteer opportunties for the event.

Weapons Policy

No real weapons are allowed at the event, and no weapons that are sharp or may hurt anyone will be allowed. Prop and fake weapons are allowed as part of Viking costumes if they will not hurt anyone accidentally. No guns are allowed, real or fake.


It's always a good idea to bring cash to our festivals, as paying by cash at vendor booths always keeps things moving smoothly. Most vendors will accept credit cards.

Getting Here

Just 8 miles from Portland International Airport (PDX), visitors can access the Oregon Convention Center (OCC) via Interstate 5 North from Exit 302A–Rose Quarter, or from Interstate 84 West Exit 1–Lloyd Boulevard.


The Oregon Convention Center provides all reasonable accommodations for people with health conditions or impairments to assist them in attending events. Please visit their website.


No pets allowed at this event, except for service animals.


No smoking is permitted at ScanFair.


By entering this space, you consent to be photographed, videotaped, audio recorded, and/or otherwise documented. Your presence here constitutes your consent to use such recording(s) of your appearance, voice, and name in any and all Nordic Northwest related educational, promotional, marketing, and advertising efforts in perpetuity, for any purpose. You understand that all photography, filming, and/or recording will be done in reliance on this consent given by you by entering this area.