Scandinavian Christmas Market
The magical allure of a Scandinavian Christmas culture captured by the Scandinavian Christmas Market again held at Danish House in Penrose and co-hosted by The Danish Society and the NZ Scandinavia Business Assn (NZSBA) was the drawcard that drew thousands of Aucklanders out on one of the busiest Sundays of 2015.
Previous years have typically experienced attendance numbers of around 2000 but 2015 was to be very different, much to the surprise of organisers. This year with the support of event sponsors LEGO NZ and VOLVO Cars NZ (both members of the NZSBA) a significant social media campaign was run by Claire Conza of Future Village, a campaign that generated unprecidented support indeed. Around 7000 people decended on Danish House this year to experience the rich array of Nordic crafts, food and products. This presented challenges of course but the atmosphere of joy and fun outweighed the frustration of queues.
There were the traditional stallwart stalls that delighted crowds with traditional Nordic food items but this year also saw the NZSBA increase its presence with a greater display of members products from Cult, Bungy Pump, Day Home, Line's Knaekbrod & Lego and the generous provision again of even more picnic tables for the public and the LEGO play area for kids, which was a hit again.
VOLVO couldn’t resist showing off the newly released XC90 that’s making an impact in the luxury SUV market globally.
And what's a Nordic Christmas market without the iconic LEGO sets, this year proudly offered by Toyworld, one of NZ’s premium retailers of the product. LEGO NZ promoted the increasingly popular LEGO Club and signed up hundreds of new fans on the day.
Cafe Fika, run by the NZSBA was a blend of Karajoz Coffee and Line’s Knaekbröd open. As well as selling out of her Award-winning Knaekbröd, Line herself made hundreds of traditional Danish Rye bread sandwiches that gave new meaning to the sandwich eating experience for many a kiwi.
What a treat it was to enjoy such culinary fare while listening to the smooth voice of NZ resident Swede Caroline Lekstrom singing both english Christmas songs and traditional Swedish folk songs.
Enjoy the pictures which really capture the essence of the day.
If you'd like another dose of Scandinavia for xmas, this time in a much more intimate, fun party environment join us for our Authentic Nordic Christmas Party on December 3rd at Next Generation.