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SWEA Los Angeles organized its popular Christmas Fair for almost 40 years!
The Swedish Christmas Fair was first held in 1979, when SWEA:s founder, Agneta Nilsson, initiated the fair as a fundraiser for the organization she had just started. Today, SWEA – Swedish Women´s Education Association ‐is a global non‐ profit organization, with 8,000 members in 34 countries around the world, working to promote Swedish culture through scholarships and various Swedish themed events.
Following the Los Angeles chapter other SWEA chapters in the U.S. soon took up the idea of a Christmas fair and today, all 27 North American SWEA chapters organize their own fair, bringing a Scandinavian style Christmas to some 75,000 people all across the continent.
The Swedish Christmas Fair has something to offer everyone. A great selection of genuine Swedish handicrafts – jewelry, fine art, toys, and Christmas collectibles – will take care of all your holiday shopping. You can enjoy vibrant folk dancing (and try it out for yourself) and the radiant Lucia pageant and her choir performs twice during the day, at 12 noon and at 3 PM. When you get hungry there is plenty of traditional holiday foods and baked goods to choose from, including our very own mulled, spiced glögg.
Children have their own fun corner where they can say hello to Santa and create crafts to take home. As usual, there will be a raffle with a special grand prize. We have this year combined the two popular booths: the Second Hand Book Shop and White Reindeer Sale where you are sure to make some great bargains on all things Scandinavian.
The Christmas Fair is an non-profit, all volunteer work force event! Proceeds go to educational scholarships.
If you would like to help SWEA LA, please volunteer at SWEA Los Angeles Christmas Fair! Find information here >>