Win Tickets ($20): Portland Scanfair Market @ Veterans Memorial Coliseum | Vendors, Nordic Christmas Treats, Free, Holiday Gift Ideas, Finnish Santa Claus

We are giving away a pair of weekend passes to Scanfair Market on December 7-8. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed December 2.


From our sponsors:
Scanfair Market
December 7-8, 2019
10a-5p Saturday | 10a-4p Sunday
$10 Adults – $9 Students & Seniors – $20 Family – Kids under 12 FREE
More info:

Veterans Memorial Coliseum
300 N Winning Way, Portland, OR 97227

Experience the sights, sounds, tastes, and traditions of a Nordic Christmas during the holiday season! An event reminiscent of Christmas markets in Copenhagen, Helsinki, Oslo, Reykjavik, and Stockholm, there are vendors, food, entertainment, games, and more.

LIVE MUSIC, DANCE & ENTERTAINMENT: Enjoy the talents of Scandinavian artists and dance groups from around the Pacific Northwest on two separate stages. Both seating and dance floor available.

SCANDINAVIAN ARTS & CRAFTS: ScanFair is the only event in Portland where all the beautiful Scandinavian traditional and modern arts and crafts come together in one place for a two-day festival and marketplace.

OREGON LUCIA, QUEEN OF LIGHT: Witness the crowning of Oregon’s Official Lucia at 12pm on Sunday. The Lucia Bride wins a $2,500 scholarship to the college of her choice and holds court with the rest of the Lucia applicants for one year.

JOULUPUKKI, FINNISH SANTA CLAUS: Get your family’s picture taken with Finland’s jovial Santa on a beautiful set complete with reindeer and sleigh, and benefit the Finlandia Foundation’s Columbia Pacific Chapter.

THE PIPPI LONGSTOCKING KIDS AREA: Children have a special area where they can make traditional Scandinavian Christmas crafts, including Danish Hjerte (woven hearts) and Swedish Julgranskaramel (poppers) to decorate the Christmas tree.

SCANDINAVIAN DELICACIES: Eat food on the spot or take baked goods home. Enjoy Danish aebleskiver (apple pancake balls), Norwegian lefse & krum kake, Swedish meatballs with lingonberries, pickled herring and flat bread, rice pudding and fruit soup, Vorm Korv (hot dogs) and lots of coffee.

CULTURAL EXPLORATIONS: Purchase books, meet authors, research your family’s roots with the Scandinavian Genealogical Society, and check out Scandinavian language schools.

PICKLED HERRING CONTEST: Match your Nordic taste buds and stomach against all comers in the all-you-can-eat pickled herring eating contest!

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56 Responses to Win Tickets ($20): Portland Scanfair Market @ Veterans Memorial Coliseum | Vendors, Nordic Christmas Treats, Free, Holiday Gift Ideas, Finnish Santa Claus

  1. chris November 1, 2019 at 10:48 am #

    seems like a cool event

    • Zachary Swigart November 24, 2019 at 11:54 am #

      I’d check that out with my girlfriend

    • Rebecca Leonard December 2, 2019 at 4:16 pm #

      Went to a scan festival years ago on the coast. this is probably better!

  2. Jennifer November 1, 2019 at 2:31 pm #

    What serendipitous timing! I’m doing St. Lucia themed gifts for my mom and aunt for Christmas this year and, rather than running to a few different stores in addition to buying items online, if I were fortunate enough to win tickets to this event, I could just hit up the Scanfair, marvel at all the wares, and purchase everything (and have it all be authentic!) in one go!

    Thank you for the opportunity to attend!

    • Victoria C Gantz November 19, 2019 at 2:45 pm #

      I had Scandinavian great-grandparents. I didn’t get to meet them. I would enjoy this cultural experience.

  3. Karen Doyle November 2, 2019 at 9:30 am #

    I’d love to go this year! The kids are getting older and I’m looking for some new things to do for the holidays. Being 1/4 Swedish from a first-generation US-born Swedish grandmother, about whom I know very little, makes this very interesting!

  4. AJ November 2, 2019 at 7:06 pm #

    I love the ScanFair!

  5. Cori November 4, 2019 at 8:34 am #

    Looks fun, I’d love to go.

  6. Sascha November 5, 2019 at 1:45 pm #

    I’m Danish!

  7. Renata November 5, 2019 at 2:01 pm #

    We attend this event every year to help with our holiday shopping list! Would love to win tickets so I can spend the $20 on vendors instead! $$$$$

  8. Caroline McBride November 5, 2019 at 6:28 pm #

    I am Swedish and this would be so much fun or my husband and me. Please choose me!!!!

  9. Rianna November 7, 2019 at 3:06 pm #

    Seems like a fun event to try out!

    • Dave G. November 7, 2019 at 11:01 pm #

      What? No glug?

      • Aurianna November 30, 2019 at 10:53 pm #

        I want to take mom

  10. April November 7, 2019 at 3:34 pm #

    I’ve been wanting to go to this!

  11. Anna November 7, 2019 at 8:22 pm #

    Would love to attend

  12. Antonia Cabal November 7, 2019 at 9:41 pm #

    Sounds like it would be a blast to attend.

  13. Claudia November 8, 2019 at 4:00 pm #

    This sounds amazing! I would love to go.

    • Stormy Lovett November 13, 2019 at 8:53 am #

      Gifts from my Mother land! Please hook me up!

  14. Aleks November 8, 2019 at 5:48 pm #

    I need to get out and do something festive.

    • Lisa HUMMEL November 12, 2019 at 6:43 pm #

      Would love to win tickets! The Scan Fair is so wonderful. I’m 1/2 Danish!

  15. Whitney November 11, 2019 at 5:14 pm #

    I love this! Would love to attend.

  16. aurianna November 12, 2019 at 1:03 pm #

    Xmas time is so fun and festive. This would totally get me into the holiday spirit!

  17. Gregory Garabedian November 12, 2019 at 1:47 pm #

    I love the Nordic traditions, having spent one Christmas holiday in Denmark (and trying to recreate the magic each and every year since). I’d love to go to this event. Thanks.

  18. kristen November 12, 2019 at 2:00 pm #

    I haven’t been able to go since they had it at PSU. Looking forward to making it this year!

  19. Lucy November 12, 2019 at 2:13 pm #

    I’m from Astoria, and I miss our Scandinavian Festival. I can’t wait for this one.

  20. Erika November 12, 2019 at 2:16 pm #

    Sounds fun!

  21. Victoria C Gantz November 12, 2019 at 3:09 pm #

    We haven’t been to the Scanfair. This looks fun.

    • Stacey G November 17, 2019 at 12:22 am #

      I’m new to Portland, and haven’t had the chance to go to this before. I’d love to experience all things Scandinavian! I am Scandinavian on both sides of my family, Danish and Norwegian. But we didn’t have many family traditions, it would be nice to learn some.

  22. Maura November 12, 2019 at 4:18 pm #

    This sounds wonderful. They have beautiful Christmas traditions.

  23. Tu Tran November 12, 2019 at 4:48 pm #

    Scandinavian food. Sounds exotic

  24. Deb November 12, 2019 at 9:43 pm #

    Yes. I would like the chance to ogle the $300 sweaters. Even if I can’t afford one …hence the free ticket request

  25. Nicole November 12, 2019 at 10:02 pm #

    I would love to take my mother-in-law to celebrate her heritage!

  26. Maureen November 12, 2019 at 11:16 pm #

    I would love to go to the Scan fair with my son as we both would love to travel to this area of the world but I know it is not in the cards in the near future. If we can’t travel there, what better way to experience part of their culture and traditions at the holidays than to attend the Scan Fair. We would LOVE to win these tickets. It would be part of a staycation at the holidays.

  27. Emily November 13, 2019 at 5:00 am #

    Sounds like fun.

  28. Lynn Froescher November 13, 2019 at 7:17 am #

    Being Finnish is something I am very proud of, and attending this event would take me to my roots. I would love to win these tickets and take my cousin for a fun day out!

  29. Kristina C November 14, 2019 at 9:14 am #

    I would love to take the family to this!

  30. Heidi November 14, 2019 at 5:54 pm #

    I’d love to take my kids to this and enjoy some of the holiday spirit together.

  31. Jackie Laabs November 14, 2019 at 8:34 pm #

    Sounds like good clean family fun to me!

  32. Brian November 15, 2019 at 7:48 am #

    I will eat meatballs and drink aquavit like a Viking. Skaal!

  33. Sam November 15, 2019 at 12:39 pm #

    I’d love to bring my girlfriend and her daughter to this! Sounds great! Just in time for the holidays.

  34. SD November 17, 2019 at 10:11 am #

    Would love to go!

  35. LORRAINE ARTEAGA November 19, 2019 at 12:15 pm #

    Viking Soul Food has the key to my heart! Also can never pass up an opportunity for some Akvavit!! Would love to go : )

  36. Afton November 19, 2019 at 1:14 pm #

    We went last year, and my husband keeps asking when we can go again!

  37. Katrina November 19, 2019 at 1:56 pm #

    I’m so bummed I missed last year. This is at the top of my must-do list this year!

  38. Rob November 19, 2019 at 2:13 pm #

    My Swedish girlfriend won’t stop talking about how Swedish she is. Let me take her to this thing, please!

  39. jami roberts November 19, 2019 at 2:27 pm #

    Can’t wait for this! It gets better every year.

  40. Susan November 19, 2019 at 2:37 pm #


  41. Linda S November 19, 2019 at 3:03 pm #

    I have never been should be fun.

  42. Greg November 21, 2019 at 4:04 pm #

    My girlfriend is on the fence about this, but free tickets would tip the scale!

  43. M.L. November 22, 2019 at 8:00 am #

    I would love to take my 2 Finnish step-kids to this!!

  44. Christine November 26, 2019 at 6:40 pm #

    This sounds like a lot of fun. I would love to win a free ticket to attend!

  45. Rob November 27, 2019 at 9:29 am #

    Would love to take my partner to this.

  46. Rebecca November 27, 2019 at 10:30 am #

    It’s a wonderful way to finish up any last minute Christmas shopping.

  47. Amy W November 27, 2019 at 6:31 pm #

    I have never gone, I would like to try it out

  48. JC December 3, 2019 at 1:36 pm #

    Fun! Yes please.

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