Julestue 18NOV2017

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.


Christmas Party and Service 16DEC2017

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.

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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 IMG_1104p.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 IMG_1130Clairemont 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. IMG_1116

Remember to bring something warm to wear when it cools down, and don’t forget your sunscreen.

Ethnic Food Fair 5/28

24599_1422873968789_4645919_nWe 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!

Lawn Program 4/30

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!

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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.

Påskeklip 4/8

Whenever there’s a holiday, Danes tend to get crafty, bringing out the scissors to make things festive. We hope you’ll come celebrate spring at the House of Denmark with traditional Danish Easter crafts on Saturday, April 8th, at 2:00 p.m. at the Cottage.

Enjoy a few treats together and get a chance to make gækkebreve and Easter decorations. Fun for the whole family!

We look forward to seeing you!

Language Classes Start 2/11

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 12:15language_courses_2

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.

Fastelavn 2/25

fastelavnWe 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). fastelavensris-2

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.

December Nights 12/2 & 12/3

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.

aebleskiverThe 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.

Exclusive Tour of Women’s Museum 10/22

We gather for a visit to the Women’s Museum of California at Liberty Station Saturday, October 22nd at 4:00 p.m. at 2730 Historic Decatur Road, Barracks 16, San Diego , CA 92106


Please join us for an after-hour showing of the Women’s Museum located in Liberty Station. We will start with some light refreshments, after which the House of Denkmark’s own Anne Hoiberg, who is a former president and current board member of the museum, will offer an exclusive presentation and tour to our members.

While tending to her demanding job as a research psychologist (working for the Navy where she focused on health issues), Anne has spent decades dedicated to advancing women’s place in society. She has been a pioneer in promoting change aimed at breaking down any barriers holding women back or resulting in unequal treatment.

In 2012, Anne was inducted into the San Diego County Women’s Hall of Fame for her role as an activist. Among far too many impressive accomplishments to mention, she has contributed to the UN Commission on Women, and the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom.

Current eshibitions at the Women’s Museum illuminate first and second wave feminism and highlight women trailblazers of California.

Please RSVP by October 18. Thank you.