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

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They started the season with a skål!: Brothers Rasmus and Martin Jantzen with youngsters Teo and Etta enjoyed some Danish treats.
Tasty!: Pernille Kauffman shows off some pork loins during the annual Christmas fair.
Winter village: Hundreds flocked to the Danish Seamen’s Church on Saturday for the Danish Christmas Fair.
Danish desserts: Queens resident Cecelia Quirindongo and Michigan resident Marlene Riascos show of some Scandinavian goodies.

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 Follow her on Twitter @julcuba.
Posted 9:30 am, November 21, 2018
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Andrew Porter from Brooklyn Heights says:
I noticed they served hot food in a tent in the back yard this year. In previous years they joined with the German Lutheran Church on Henry Street to use their kitchens and parish hall for this. I'm unsure why they did this; perhaps it was more profitable, and didn't force people to tramp several blocks away for hot Danish food.
Nov. 21, 2018, 9:56 am
Andrew Porter from Brooklyn Heights says:
I have no idea where photo #3 is from; certainly it's not from the Danish church.
Nov. 21, 2018, 9:59 am
Hill Clinton from Clifton Place says:
In the early 20th century, large groups of Finnish immigrants landed in Brooklyn’s Sunset Park. Many families would set up housing cooperatives.
Nov. 21, 2018, 2:01 pm
Hamas Abedin from Third World says:
And now we take in decrepit third world immigrants who hate America!
Nov. 22, 2018, 9:37 am
Julie Slok from Brooklyn Heights says:
The past 5 years, we’ve rented Hilli’s Hall at Plymouth Church to accomodate the number of people getting our open faced sandwiches. Please come by next year! It’ll be Saturday before Thanksgiving!
Nov. 27, 2018, 3:08 pm
Lois from Brooklyn Heights says:
Yes, Andrew Porter - They have the luncheon at Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims - that is where picture #3 is from. The church is so small that they have to go elsewhere. Some years ago, it was Zion Church - not sure why they switched to Plymouth, but they have been doing that for several years now. They have only hot dogs and drinks in the yard - the open sandwiches and other goodies are at Plymouth Church.
Nov. 27, 2018, 11:06 pm

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