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Want to be Nordic for a day? Attend ScanFair, a festival which brings tastes, traditions of Nordic Christmas market to Portland Dec. 7, 8

Nordic items, like these felt gnomes, are likely to be found at ScanFair taking place Dec. 7 and 8 at Portlands Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Nordic culture, food, clothing and crafts are available to purchase, plus lots of singing and dancing. It is fun for the whole family.

Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden — all Nordic countries love to celebrate the holidays, which bring joy to the short, dark days of winter. Traditions run deep in the hearts and lives of Nordic people, and they come alive in Portland each year at ScanFair.

This is the 35th year that Nordic Northwest (NNW) and the Nordic community will gather to celebrate the fun, food and the traditions of a Nordic Christmas with the ScanFair holiday festival and market. ScanFair is planned for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Portland.

More than 90 vendors will showcase foods, arts, crafts and other products from Europe's northernmost countries. Interested in discovering cultural traditions from other lands or your own family's Nordic roots? Fancy sampling scrumptious cookies, fine wines and spirits or crafting Christmas presents with the kiddos? ScanFair will provide all that and much more.

There is also nonstop entertainment. Traditional and not so traditional Nordic music and dance will be performed by artists young and old. Spinning, weaving and felting have been integral parts of Nordic life for centuries, and those crafts will be demonstrated throughout the weekend. There will be a special Pippi Longstocking craft area for lots of hands-on fun for the younger members of the family and enthusiastic crafters, and all visitors will have the chance to have their photos taken with Joulupukki — the Finnish Santa — in front of NNW's Viking ship.

A pickled herring eating contest will take place at noon Saturday. Sunday there is a Swedish meatball eating contest.

Admission is $10 for adults, $9 for students and seniors, $20 for a family of two adults and two kids. Children under 12 are admitted free. For details, visit nordicnorthwest.org.


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