Juletraesfest / Christmas Party 2021

We are excited that we are able to resume the annual Danish ‘juletræsfest’  / Christmas Party for 2021.  We hope that you will join us.

Date:   Sunday December 12, 2021.

Time:  5:30 p.m.

Location:  Hall of Nations in Balboa Park.

Menu: Flæskesteg med sovs / Pork roast with crisp pork rind and gravy

Laks / Salmon 

Brunede og kogte kartofler / Candied and boiled potatoes

Rødkål / Red cabbage

Grøn Salat / Salad

Risalamande med kirsebærsovs / Risalamande with cherry sauce

Hjemmebagte småkager / Homebaked cookies

 Cost:  Members: $25.00 adults* $15.00 kids** 3-15 years- Children 2 and under are free

Guests:     $35.00 adults* $20.00 kids** 3-15 years – Children 2 and under are free

* $5 rebate given per adult volunteer who has hosted in the House of Denmark in 2021.   ** Julemanden has promised to come by with a gift for the children (up to 12 years). 

RSVP by December 6th to Oda Audish at 858-254-6295 or email at oaudish@hotmail.com

  • Due to space limitations, don’t miss out; sign up as soon as possible.  
  • Please list the names and ages of kids up to 12 years so Julemanden can prepare accordingly.

Please pay for the participation by December 8 by:

  • Mailing a check made out to House of Denmark to

      Charlotte Carroll, 6233 Lake Alamor Ave, San Diego, CA 92119  or 

Covid Info:  We request that participants over 15 years be fully vaccinated for Covid-19 or that they have tested negative no sooner than Dec 9. We will follow Covid recommendations of the San Diego County for large gatherings in effect at the time of the party. 

Glædelig Jul / Merry Christmas,

from the Board of the House of Denmark

We look forward to seeing you

Danish ‘Juletræsfest’ / Christmas Party and Church Service on December 14

Please join us for the annual Danish ‘juletræsfest’ Christmas Party and Church Service.

Feel free to attend both the service and the party or just one of them.


Date:               Saturday, December 14th  2019

Location:        Calvary Lutheran Church, 424 Via De La Valle, Solana Beach CA 92075


Danish/English Church Service at 4:30 p.m.

A traditional Danish church service held by Pastor Anne-Grethe Krogh Nielsen from the Danish Church in Yorba Linda.  The service will be in Danish and English and we will sing Danish Christmas Hymns.


Traditional Danish Christmas Party at 5:30 p.m.

We will start off with a glass of Gløg and a craft activity for the kids.  Then a traditional Danish Christmas dinner will be served. We will “dance” around the Christmas tree and Julemanden has promised to come by with a gift for the children (up to 12 years). 



Flæskesteg med sovs/ Pork roast with crisp pork rind and gravy

Laks / Salmon

Brunede og kogte kartofler / Candied and boiled potatoes

Rødkål / Red cabbage

Grøn Salat / Salad


Risalamande med kirsebærsovs / Traditional Rice dessert with cherry sauce

Hjemmebagte småkager/ Homebaked cookies



Members*: $25.00 adults $15.00 kids 3-15

Guests*: $35.00 adults $20.00 kids 3-15

Children 2 and under: Free


* Participation is free of charge for those who volunteered at December Nights for a minimum of 4 hours; or half price for those who volunteered for 3 hours.


RSVP by December 9th to:

Oda Audish by phone at (858) 254-6295 or email at odaaudish@gmail.com.

Due to space limitations, don’t miss out; sign up early.

Please list the names and ages of kids up to 12 years so Julemanden can prepare accordingly.


Please mail a check made out to House of Denmark to:

Charlotte Carroll, 6233 Lake Alamor Avenue, San Diego, CA 92119



December Night Volunteers Needed Friday and Saturday December 6 and 7

We hope that you will be able to help us show San Diego what Danish julehygge is.  Once again, we need many volunteers for December Nights to help bake and serve our much loved æbleskiver, hot apple cider and hot chocolate at the cottage.  In the “spirit garden” we will sell gløg, snaps and eggnog.  Over those two days, House of Denmark needs 13 to 15 on volunteers at any given time.  Please don’t hold back.

Volunteers are needed for these times:

  • Friday, December 6, from 2 p.m. to 11p.m.
  • Saturday, December 7, from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m.   

The toughest spots to fill are from 5 to 11 p.m.


To volunteer or if you have any questions, please contact Oda at 858-254-6295 or email at odaaudish@gmail.comThe Board wants to help make this a fun and rewarding experience for you.

When you respond, please specify which DAY and TIME you are signing up for.  

Please let us know if your time is flexible as this helps us coordinate all the volunteers. Any contribution you can make to help make this a success is greatly appreciated.

Bonus: If you help out for 4 hours or more, you receive free participation in the House of Denmark Christmas party on December 14. Volunteering for 3 hours will earn you a 50% discount on the price of the party.

Tips: Be sure to add extra time to get to the park because getting to the park and finding a parking space can be a challenge.  Here is a link about parking and access to the park. https://www.sandiego.gov/december-nights/transportation-parking

To avoid the most traffic is to come early so you can enjoy the sights, sounds, and tastes of December Nigths before you volunteer or break up the volunteering with a prolonged break.

If you have any questions and concerns, please call/text Oda at 858-254-6295 or email at odaaudish@gmail.com The Board wants to help make this a fun and rewarding experience for you.

*Spirit Garden Training/Certification

The City is requiring people serving in the Spirit garden receive “responsible server” training. As you may remember, in the past they did that training on the day of the event….very informal.  Now they are requiring that it be done ahead of time and that we actually have certificates that will be turned into the City.  They have a free training session tomorrow Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Hall of Nations in Balboa Park (where we have had the Christmas party before).   We just learned about the training yesterday as well.  The training should be a little less than an hour.

I will look for other on-line training options.  If there is a charge for the training, the House of Denmark will reimburse you.

Nov 23 – Juleklip / Christmas Crafts Hygge

We are kicking off the holiday season by offering some Danish aebleskiver along with an opportunity to make traditional paper hearts, origami stars, and other holiday decorations in time to display them in December.

The Cottage will filled with “julehygge” and the colorful paper, star strips, and other supplies needed to create Danish Christmas ornaments.

Please join us for crafting, gløg, æbleskiver, and more Saturday, November 23rd 4 pm -6:30 p.m. at the House of Denmark.

Saturday June 22, Sankt Hans Danish Mid-Summer Celebration

We hope that you will join us on the beach for a picnic, hygge, snobrød and songs and to see the witch fly off to Bloksbjerg Saturday, June 22nd at East Mission Bay. House of Denmark will be bringing hot dogs and medister (Danish sausage).

Please bring a side dish, dessert, and utensils. We need a few people to make the dough for snobrød (s’mores are also welcome). Bring a blanket or beach chairs and eating utensils. We will have access to a couple of picnic tables with benches.

The event will start around 6 p.m. but feel free to come early and enjoy the afternoon or the day on the beach. We will be sending out our “scouts” early in the morning to secure a fire pit.

We will be located near East Mission Bay Drive south of the Mission Bay Park Visitor Information Center and north of the Hilton. To find us, exit I5 at Clairemont Drive/Mission Bay Drive, then go west towards the bay, turn left at the stop sign and follow signs to Playa Pacifica Park. You can look for a red awning with the House of Denmark name which will be put up near the bonfire place. Also, feel free to call Oda at 858-254-6295 if you still have trouble finding us.

Det Store Påskebord / Easter Buffet April 13, 2019 at 5:30 p.m.

Come celebrate spring with a Danish Påske / Easter gathering on Saturday, April 13, at 5:30 p.m. at the Hall of Nations in Balboa Park. (Hall of Nations is a large building located between the international cottages and the Organ Pavillion.  It is next to the International Gift Shop.)

(Please see the separate invitation to the craft event at the cottage immediately preceding the buffet starting at 4:p.m.)

We are again planning a typical Danish Påskebord / Easter buffet.

Buffet Menu:

Sild med karrysalat / Herring with curry dressing

Æg med rejer / Egg with shrimp

Røget laks / Smoked salmon

Skinke med italiensk salat / Ham with carrot/green pea topping

Varm Leverpostej med bacon / Warm liver pate with bacon

Frikadeller med kartoffelsalad / Danish meatballs with potato salad 

Ostebord / Cheese platter 

Rugbrød og franskbrød / Rye bread and French bread

Dessert / dessert:

Citronfromage / Lemon suffle 

Hjemmebagt Kringle / Homemade Kringle


Sodavand, oel og vin / Soda, beer, and wine


Participation is $10- for adults and $5 for children.

RSVP by Tuesday April 9, 2018 text or phone call to Oda Audish (858)-254-6295

The House of Denmark will arrange the cooking ourselves.  We hope that some of you will be willing to help us make some of the items or set up.  Please text or call Oda Audish at 858-254-6295 to coordinate.  The House of Denmark will reimburse you for the cost.  If there is something else that you would like to bring instead, just let us know so we can coordinate the buffet table accordingly.



Påskeklip / Easter Crafts April 13, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Come and participate in creating traditional Danish craft associated with Spring and Easter.

This event is held in the House of Denmark cottage.  We will make various traditional Easter crafts and gækkebreve.

Sending a Gækkebrev (teaser letter) is one of the best and most loved among the Danes.  The sender of the letter is anonymous.  The letter will have short poems or rhymes and is signed with a number of dots corresponding to the number of letters in the sender’s name, so that the recipient has a chance of guessing who sent the letter.  If the receiver cannot guess the sender’s identity by Easter, the receiver will have to give an Easter egg to the sender, and if the receiver guess who the letter is from, then the sender will have to give him/her a Easter Egg.

Immediately after the craft activity in the House of Denmark, we will walk over to the Hall of Nations and enjoy Phase II of our Easter celebration which is called Påskebord (Easter Buffet).

Hope that you will join us for both.

Christmas Party Saturday December 15, 2018 5 p.m.

We are very sorry to not have followed up with more details about the party.  We needed to give first priority to our members to attend the party and so many of them signed up that we ran out of space.   We will likely look for a larger venue next year as we certainly would like as many people as possible to have the opportunity to attend the party.  We encourage you to become member of the House of Denmark so you can be kept up to date as it happens.   To become a member, please see the link on our webpage.

The next event will be Fastelavn in February.  There will be no space limitations.  This is not just for children.  Everyone, no matter  your age, enjoys a Fastelavns bolle and hygge.