Vikings escort the St. Lucia bride to the shores of Liberty Bay as part of the traditional Julefest celebration in Poulsbo. File Photo

Vikings escort the St. Lucia bride to the shores of Liberty Bay as part of the traditional Julefest celebration in Poulsbo. File Photo

Poulsbo holiday tradition returns Saturday

While for many, Thanksgiving is the mark of the start of the holiday season, for Poulsbo its Scandinavian bazaar, Julefest bonfire, and the procession of the St. Lucia bride mark the arrival of the holiday season.

Beginning at 10 a.m. and going on until 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 the Scandinavian bazaar will offer folks the opportunity to taste traditional nordic dishes and treats such as Lefse and Rommegrote, as well as an opportunity to do a little holiday shopping from over 30 craft vendors.

At 5 p.m. the Vikings will row ashore with the St. Lucia bride, a proclamation will be read by the Viking King and a bonfire will be lit.

Along with traditional songs and dances, there will be treats and hot drinks to warm the body and lighten the soul as the holiday season is heralded in.

There will also be an opportunity for the little ones to meet and greet Father Christmas during the event as well.

As an added bonus this year and a gift from the City of Poulsbo, the Vikingfest Corporation and Mayor Becky Erickson, a Christmas Carousel will be available for rides ($3.00 a ticket) on King Harold Vei.

Julefest is orchestrated by the Sons of Norway and is one of many occasions throughout the year in which Poulsbo celebrates its nordic heritage.

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