We are kicking off the holiday season by offering some Danish Christmas treats 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 be filled with “julehygge”, and we will provide all 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 19th 2:30-4:30 pm at the House of Denmark.
Danish church service, ministered by Pastor Anne-Grethe Krogh Nielsen from the The Danish Lutheran Church in Yorba Linda, followed by our annual juletræsfest (Christmas party) where we enjoy a traditional Danish holiday dinner, get a chance to win a prize for finding the almond in the dessert, sing, and dance around the tree. Maybe julemanden (Santa) will visit? Feel free to attend one event or both.
Join us on the beach for a picnic, hygge, snobrød and songs and to see the witch fly off to Bloksbjerg Saturday, June 24th, at 6:00 p.m. at East Mission Bay.
We will be sending out our “scouts” early in the morning to secure a fire pit 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 look for a Danish flag.
Bring a blanket or beach chairs, a picnic dinner and dough and sticks for snobrød (s’mores are also welcome); and feel free to come early and enjoy the afternoon or the day on the beach. We’ll have some firewood but we’re happy if you bring more.
Remember to bring something warm to wear when it cools down, and don’t forget your sunscreen.
We turn the Cottage into a wonderful Danish bakery Sunday, May 28th, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The International Cottages host the annual Ethnic Food Fair starting at 10:00 a.m. Over 30 nationalities serve their traditional foods as stage performers share music and dance from many different countries.
Please consider giving a hand at the Cottage. Volunteering opportunities start at 10:00 a.m.
If you can bake, we’d love your help!
We host the entertainment on the lawn in the International Village Sunday, April 30th, noon to 4:00 p.m. The entertainment starts at 2:00.
Come and enjoy a festive afternoon!
We will be joined by our fabulous friends from the San Diego Lego Users’ Group and the wonderful Vikings from the Guardians of Midgaard, and there will be Danish music and dance on the stage.
From the Cottage, we will be serving a full Danish meal with medisterpølse, rødkål, cucumber salad, and more.
This is an important fund raiser for us and there is a lot to do. If you are able to help, we would love to hear from you.
Danish Language Classes for Beginners at the House of Denmark
Children ages 7-13: Saturday from 9:30 to 10:45
Teens and adults age 14 and over: Saturday from 11:00 to 12:15
For members of the House of Denmark, a series of 6 classes is $60.00. If multiple members of the same family participate, each additional family member will receive a 50% discount.
Non-member pricing available on request.
Dates: Feb. 11, Feb. 18, Mar. 4, Mar. 18, Apr. 1, Apr. 8
Please contact Heidi by Feb. 6 to attend.
We celebrate the Danish tradition of Fastelavn (carnival) Saturday, February 25th,
from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the House of Denmark Cottage and on the Lawn.
We are looking forward to seeing the children in their costumes – and adults, too, if they feel like it. The children will be invited to beat a barrel with a bat (‘slå katten af tønden’) to make the goodies inside fall out. There will be a chance for everybody to make ‘fastelavnsris’ (a traditional craft for the season), and to share ‘fastelavnsboller’ (lenten buns).
Please bring your own twigs for the ‘fastelavnsris’!
Participation is free to members of the House of Denmark. Guests (children as well as adults) may join the fun for $5.00 per person.
The nation’s premier holiday festival, December Nights, will take place in Balboa Park
Friday, December 2, 3:00-11:00 p.m. and
Saturday, December 3, noon-11:00 p.m.
The House of Denmark contributes to the Christmas Festival in the International Village by serving our much loved æbleskiver, hot apple cider and hot chocolate, gløg and eggnog.
Your help is needed!
Every year, our members pull together and make this event a success. Any contribution you can make is greatly appreciated.
Please come and make æbleskiver or help serve the many visitors to the Cottage and our stand in the “Spirit Garden”. Those who donate a few hours of their time receive free participation in the House of Denmark Christmas Party.
If you can lend a hand with our most important fund raiser, we would love to hear from you.
We celebrate Mother’s Day and host the Lawn Program in the International Village Sunday, May 8th, from noon to 4:00 p.m. with entertainment from 2:00 till about 3:15 or 3:30. There will be dancing and music and something for all ages.
This is our great opportunity to showcase Danish culture, and there is a lot to do. If you are able to help, Oda would love to hear from you.
We are delighted that the brilliant builders from the San Diego Lego Users’ Group will join us with their fabulous displays. We think they’ll bring some raffle prizes, too, so there may be a chance to win an awesome Lego set.
Also joining us are our fearless friends from the Guardians of Midgard with their highly entertaining and authentic presentation of the 1000-year-old Viking culture.
Last, but not least, we will be serving a Danish meal from the Cottage so visitors get a chance to sample our cuisine.
The bbq will be sizzling, and Danes will take the stage in front of the audience.
Come join us for a festive afternoon!