Nobody does Christmas like the Swedes. For one thing, we have another whole holiday to help us get ready: St. Lucia's Day. Our annual Luciafest is a treat for the whole family. UW students studying Swedish will be our Lucias, plus there'll be live music and delicious treats to help you feel the Lucia love! Stay afterward to dance around the tree. It happens the afternoon of Sunday, Dec. 7.

We also lay out a traditional Swedish julbord in December—a feast with so many dishes, there's actually a survival guide for eating it: start with the glögg, move on to the fish, continue with cold meat and warm dishes, and finish with rice pudding and sweets. You have four opportunities: lunch ($30, menu) and dinner ($45, menu) on both Friday, Dec. 5, and Friday, Dec. 12. RSVP to or 206-283-1090 the Tuesday before you'd like to eat. Late RSVPs, add $5.

Closed Friday
The Swedish Club is closed Friday, Nov. 28. No Kafé or Happy Hour.
Wednesday, Dec. 31. New Year’s Eve at the Club! The Three Crowns New Year's Eve Ball gets bigger every year. We'll have an on-site food truck, complimentary party favors, and a free Swedish pancake toast at midnight. Dance to three floors of live music: the Fancy Lads and guest DJs playing British Invasion music in the Cavern Club, the Spyrographs and DJ Joey Webb playing ABBA and other hits in the ballroom, and the Moonspinners with Gigantor in the Three Crowns Lounge. Tickets are $25 through the end of November, and the longer you wait, the more the price goes up! Tickets at Brown Paper Tickets and more information at PEP Productions. This event is general admission—only a limited number of shared tables and chairs available. It all starts at 8 p.m.

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Wednesday, Nov. 26. Finnish Film. Risto Räppääjä ja viileä (Ricky Rapper and Cool Wendy). Family musical comedy about identity. Finland’s most-watched domestic film in 2012. 72 min. 7:30 p.m. $5.
Sunday, Nov. 30. Decorate the Christmas Trees. Join the crew at 2 p.m. to decorate the trees on each floor. Everyone is welcome to come and help. Christmas goodies to share and enjoy too! If you can help,

Friday, Dec. 5. Happy Hour: Ruby Bishop. Celebrate with Seattle music legend Ruby Bishop. She turns 95 on Dec. 22, but we'll start the party a bit early when she plays a night of great piano music on Dec. 5.

Bishop is still amazing on the piano, and that may be what keeps her going. Fats Waller was her idol, so her set includes a lot of his tunes. She was friends with many jazz greats, including Louis Armstrong. "If he went to anyone's house when he was here in Seattle, it was mine," she told the Seattle Times. "I'd ask all the guys what they wanted to eat and I'd spend all day cooking it." She also taught piano to another local music legend when he was a boy: Overton Berry, 78, who played for us a month ago.

Remember, we're serving a julbord tonight, so you'll need to RSVP to or 206-283-1090.

Wednesday, Dec. 10. Members & Friends Dinner.
Award-winning travel writer Leslie Forsberg will speak on Swedish Christmas traditions. $20. Please register by noon Tuesday. Social hour 5:30, dinner 6:30.

Friday, Dec. 19. Living Large with Lutfisk. Enjoy a traditional Scandinavian lutfisk and meatball dinner during Happy Hour. Our Norwegian pal, Bjarne Varnes, will be the guest chef. Enjoy your lutfisk both ways: Swedish style, with white sauce and hand-ground mustard, or Norwegian style, with bacon and peas. Social hour 6 p.m., dinner 6:30. $25 if you buy your ticket before Wednesday,
Dec. 17; $30 for late RSVPs or at the door.

Founded in Seattle in 1892, the Swedish Club has grown to become a center of Scandinavian activities in the Pacific Northwest. Our members are not only Swedes and other Scandinavians, but people of many cultural backgrounds. Learn more about membership.

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Smörgås sandwiches, now on board at the Friday Kafé.
What’s Cooking at the Club?
Our smörgås sandwiches are prepared with fresh bakery-style bread, homemade lox and other tempting toppings. Meanwhile, Ann-Margret serves up amazing Swedish entrees and desserts during Happy Hour. Come by the Club for lunch (starting at 12 noon) or dinner!

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Our Swedish language classes meet weekly. Several levels of instruction; expert teachers. Print out your registration form and mail it in. Most classes are $99 ($79 for members).

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Culinary Kudos
It seems that every time the Swedish Club is mentioned in local media, it has something to do with food and drink. Not that we're complaining. Seattle Metropolitan lauded us for offering the city's best Swedish happy hour, and the the Ballard News-Tribune liked it too. Zagat placed our smörgås sandwiches among Seattle's top nine. The Seattle Weekly also found some nice things to say about our smörgås and gave a blow-by-blow account of our pea soup challenge, while the P-I reported on our Swedish meatball cook-off. And of course, our pancake breakfasts have gotten so much attention, they're practically a PR campaign unto themselves.

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Hit The Swedish Wire any time you want to catch up on events between the border and the Baltic. And for a weekly report on Swedish business, economy, politics and other news, you can subscribe to The Swedish Wire’s newsletter.

If you'd rather listen to your news, try Radio Sweden. And if you're missing your Swedish TV, it's online at SVT Play, or you can get a free set-top box from SVT.