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5th Annual Julefest at Watson Block

  • Watson Block 256 North 1st Avenue Minneapolis, MN United States (map)

Start off your holiday season with the 5th Annual Julefest, the Twin Cities' Nordic Christmas party! 

This year, the Julefest partnering organizations are excited to host this event at the newly renovated Watson Block, in Minneapolis' Historic Warehouse District. This unique space combines the historic aesthetic of brick and timber construction along with elegant contemporary finishes. 

Started in 2014 by the Norwegian-American Chamber of Commerce as "Norsk Julefest," this authentic Norwegian-style holiday cocktail party has expanded to include Swedish and Finnish traditions as well, uniting the three Nordic Chambers of Commerce, Norway House and the Norwegian Consulate, and numerous Nordic organizations and businesses throughout the state for an evening of friends, food, and festivities.

The emcee for the evening will be Ethan Bjelland, from Norway House, Concordia Language Villages, and Mindekirken's Norwegian Language & Culture Program. The evening's program will feature a social and dinner hour, fabulous door prizes and gift baskets, songs and carols around the Christmas tree, and more. Peter Skjervold's Jazz Combo will play through the night, and photography by Norwegian artist, Øystein Johansen will adorn the walls.

And then the food! The DECO, a Julefest perennial favorite, will be back to cater this year's Julefest! Their menu has pulled out all the stops:

  • An assortment of artisan breads served with gravlaks cream cheese, hummus, or roasted eggplant spreads

  • Waldorf salad and various fruits

  • Beef tenderloin or oven roasted pork roast

  • Swedish meatballs

  • A side of Salmon with creamy dill sauce

  • Dill potatoes and roasted vegetables

Your ticket includes valet parking, dinner, and an open bar--featuring specialty drinks by Valhalla Premium Aquavit, and a Christmas beer (Juleøl) by a surprise-guest brewery, which will be chosen on November 16th at Norway House's Gingerbread Wonderland Member Opening Party. Everyone will go home with a gift bag, and some will also take home a door prize from our sponsors.

Please RSVP by Monday, November 26th..

$70 General Admission (Includes open bar)

$60 General Admission (Does not include bar)

$30 Student Tickets