The Swedish Womens Education Association of Orange County (SWEA) will hold their annual Christmas Fair at Old World, Huntington Beach, right before the Thanksgiving Day Holiday. This will be the 7th year the SWEA Christmas Fair comes to Old World. The SWEA Christmas Fair, takes full advantage of the large Old world Festival Hall and spacious outside patio and beer garden to accommodate the large number of vendors and the 1,000+ people that attend the event.
The SWEA Christmas Fair is an amazing collection of handmade gifts, clothing, crafts, baked goods, unique Christmas decorations, sweets, treats, Swedish themed artwork, paintings, food, festivities and Glogg.
The Christmas Fair ran from 11am to 5pm, and with many of the vendors only displaying their goods a few times a year, it really was a unique event for your holiday shopping.
Guests had a couple of hours to shop, browse and buy before the much anticipated Santa Lucia pageants, held at 1pm and 3pm in the main hall, bought everything else to a standstill.
This is not your commercial Christmas, its filled with lots of beautiful, local inspired items, and the the Old World Banquet hall takes on the feel of a real Christmas market.
If you wanted to visit the Christmas markets in Germany, its tough to decide which one to visit, but at Old World its easy - The SWEA Christmas Fair is one of the best Chirstmas Fairs held in Southern California, as it offers many of the great gifts, hard to find items, treats and other specialty items you'd see at Christmas markets throughout Europe and especially Germany.
The event is stocked with beautiful hand crafted gifts, ornaments, candles, decorations, figurines, paintings, clothes, blankets, and so many other unique offerings, as well as Swedish food and drink and festive carols.
Historic Christmas markets are held in cities, towns and villages throughout Germany and Austria, and they invoke an enchanting festive atmosphere for those lucky enough to visit around this time. Christmas markets have a history that dates back to the early 13th century. A forerunner to the Christmas markets Germany has become famous for, was the ‘December market’ in Vienna, recorded in history as far back as 1294.
In many towns in Germany and Austria, Advent is usually ushered in with the opening of the Christkindelsmarket – translated it literally means ‘Christ Child Market’ The markets celebrate Christmas during the four weeks of Advent. One of the earliest Christmas markets in Germany was the Dresden Strietzelmarkt, first held in 1434.
Following many of the earliest traditions, the markets are usually held in town squares and surrounding pedestrian zones, and they sell food, drink and a host of hand crafted seasonal items.
If you don’t like the commercial aspects of Christmas, a visit to the Christmas markets might help to restore a little bit of the magic, where Christmas gifts are not mass-produced but craftworks of real quality.
The towns and cities provide an idyllic setting for a romantic Christmas Market break. Half-timbered buildings are festively lit and the aromas of mulled wine out of the local vineyards and cinnamon permeate the air at traditional Christmas markets. Guests can snuggle up at cosy hotels and the Christmas shopping is friendly and relaxed.
The region’s beautiful cities captivate visitors with their rich history, labyrinthine old quarters, medieval market squares and striking cathedrals. Buildings steeped in history are illuminated by thousands upon thousands of fairy lights, while the aroma of gingerbread wafts through the air.
Our German Deli has a great selection of Meats, Cheeses & other fine European Foods
Old World's German Bakery has a wonderful selection of german & european pastries
The Old World German bar is a great for a drink, to watch a match or just relax & have fun