If you’ve been on the hunt for new things to try these holidays, then boy oh boy, have we found something for you to put on your wish list.
The Svenska Kyrkan (read: Swedish church) will be hosting their annual Christmas Bazaar in the gardens surrounding Toorak House once again. Boasting over 10,000 visitors ever year, the market-cum-festival is raising money for a voyage to see the Northern Lights for two lucky raffle prize winners.
You can wander through quirky stalls offering traditional Swedish wares, including textiles, designs, crafts, and glassware. Better still, there’ll be authentic Scandinavian food stalls selling Danish hotdogs, Norwegian pancakes, and Swedish cakes.
Pippi Longstockings is also making a guest appearance, so you can fulfill your childhood/adult dreams of meeting the redheaded icon that has graced our screens for years.
There’ll also be farm animals (the name for a baby goat in Swedish ‘killing’ – isn’t that a fun fact?), glitter tattoos, a bouncing castle, live traditional music and Scandinavian Christmas songs for everyone to enjoy.
Get festive early, with the bazaar taking place in the first week of December on the 3rd and 4th. Admission is free (score!) but a gold coin donation is much appreciated to help out your favourite lokalbefolkningen (pronounced ‘locals’) from Northern Europe.
The Church of Sweden is also eager to get some volunteers to help everyone get into the holiday spirit, so lock it into your calendars for what’s going to be one of the most exciting events of the season.
Image Credit: The Church of Sweden