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FREE festivities now a Melbourne tradition
Image from Swedish Church website
At this time of year our thoughts turn to where we might be able to purchase unique Christmas gifts. Markets come to mind because they provide such innovative items.
It is held every year on the first weekend in December and has become a bit of a Melbourne tradition as it has been running for well over thirty years.
Once known only to a few, it has been attracting an increasing number of visitors and last year 10.000 visitors turned up to enjoy the festivities.
It is run by the Swedish Church which is based in one of Toorak's elegant double storey mansions. It was once the regal home of the Governor of Victoria in the days before Government House. The church took over this fine building in 1956.
Sweden is renowned for its beautifully designed goods and this market is a showcase for such ingenuity.
There are textiles, handicrafts, glassware and gorgeous wooden Christmas decorations all imported from Sweden.
Pick up some colourful Marimekko serviettes for the Christmas table or some or some stunning glassware.
The food is a real cultural and culinary drawcard. You get to try all kinds of Scandinavian foods such as rye crispbead (knackerbrod), cod roe spread (tarama), open sandwiches, Swedish cakes and pancakes, Danish hot dogs with crunchy fried onions and sweet mustard and cinnamon rolls.
Image Wikipedia Photo credit: Charles Haynes
There are also family friendly activities such as an animal petting farm, face painting and a bouncy castle. There are also Swedish musical and dance performances throughout the day, including traditional Scandinavian Christmas songs.
At 2pm Santa Lucia and her company walk through the grounds. This is a very popular Swedish tradition.
On Saturday the bazaar runs from 10 am to 5pm and on the Sunday from 10.30 am until 4pm.
Image Swedish Church
Admission is free but a gold coin donation would be appreciated.
Over all I think the article was well written and information given was useful. The only thing I did not like was how the way it was written, it sounds like Marimekko is from Sweden, which is not true. Marimekko is a Finnish company.