Holi-Dane spirit! Shoppers stock up on Scandinavian swag at Danish Christmas Fair in Heights

Drink up!: Anna Sofie serves a traditional Danish Christmas dessert, known as Æbleskiver, and mulled wine, known as glögg, during the Danish Christmas market on Saturday at the Danish Seamen’s Church in Brooklyn Heights.
Photo by Trey Pentecost

They got hygge with it!

Hundreds of families got a head start on their holiday shopping on Saturday during an annual Christmas market held by leaders of a Danish church in Brooklyn Heights.

The tables full of Scandinavian treats, drinks, and gifts for sale at the Danish Christmas Fair offered shoppers a selection of unique stocking stuffers — and gave Danes living in Kings County who stopped by a taste of the old country, according to a Sunset Parker who moved to Brooklyn from Denmark in 2004.

“We go get Danish specialities, including pork roast, candy, and candles — things that remind me of home,” said Rasmus Jantzen.

Clergy and lay staff at Willow Street’s Danish Seaman’s Church host the yuletide bazaar ahead of Thanksgiving each year so that expats can stock up on goodies before heading home to Denmark for the holidays.

And the fair boasted so many different things to buy that organizers set up two locations to sell the stuff, one at the Seaman’s Church and another at nearby Plymouth Church on Hicks Street.

Jantzen, who said he tries to hit up the Danish Christmas Fair each year with his relatives, scooped up a bunch of native delicacies, including mulled wine known as gløgg, some spherical, popover-like pastries called æbleskive, and his all-time favorite snack — a Danish hot dog.

“They are the best,” he said.

Reach reporter Julianne Cuba at (718) 260–4577 or by e-mail at jcuba@cnglocal.com. Follow her on Twitter @julcuba.

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