Julebyen 2022

Saturday Dec. 3 (9-4) & Sunday Dec 4 (10-3)
Knife River, Minnesota
Directions and Parking / Festival Map


Julebyen (pronounced YOOL-eh-BE-en) means "Christmas Village". Julebyen Christmas Village is a Nordic tradition on the North Shore! A "Julebyen" is a centuries-old Scandinavian and German tradition celebrated with ethnic foods, crafts, holiday decorations, and music. This December, Knife River (a fishing village of the North Shore of Lake Superior just north of Duluth) is home to an authentic, and unique Julebyen fest.

Masks Required for the Troll Train and all indoor events
Service animals only please.

Schedule of Events

9-4 Saturday, 10-3 Sunday


Festival Map

Julebyen features...

* An OUTDOOR MARKET with foods and unique, hand-made gifts by local artisans.

* An INDOOR MARKET full of hand-crafted decorations for your home. Masks Required

* TROLL VILLAGE , Located next to the Train Depot (where the Troll Train will depart). Join us for traditional Scandinavian Food. Explore the Depot and Viking ship restoration projects. Enjoy s’mores around the warming fire circle and try out vendor Adirondack Chairs.

* THE BAKERI TENT Visit the Scandinavian Bakeri. Masks Required

* CHILDREN'S ACTIVITIES lots of opportunities for outdoor recreation.

There is much to explore. You can drive or TAKE THE TRAIN FROM DULUTH! Masks Optional

You can take a short train excursion to TROLL CANYON! Masks Required

Come and enjoy the celebration!
As mentioned in Minnesota Monthly!


We are just a short drive away from Duluth or Two Harbors.

The Julebyen Christmas Village is just 14 miles north of Duluth (or 8 miles south of Two Harbors) along the scenic shore of Lake Superior at the Knife River Recreation Center.

Take the Train


Take the Julebyen train up from Duluth on Saturday or Sunday, or drive up any day. Parking is available in various locations within easy walking distance and along some city streets. Please observe areas cordoned off for special purposes. There are passenger drop-off points in front of the Julebyen Village.

(back to top)

Viking Ship

Built in Norway in 1926, the Viking ship replica Leif Erikson braved the gales and ice of the North Atlantic. It traveled 10,000 miles to Duluth, where it arrived in June 1927.
Celebrate this historic vessel, on display at Julebyen 2021!
To learn more, visit Save Our Ship

(back to top)


Enjoy outside entertainment. Singers, dancers and others performing for you. Free of charge. Click to view the local dance troupe Viken from their indoor stage performance in 2019. They will be back again this year on the outdoor stage.

(back to top)

Outdoor Market


Shop for unique, locally-made gifts.

Indoor Market

Masks Required


Decorate your home with locally-made items.

Bakeri Tent

Masks Required


A wide variety of Scandinavian baked goods.

Troll Village

Troll Village

At the Knife River train depot, vendors, food and fun!!

Outdoor Activities


Family fun with games, scavenger hunts, sledding and more!

The Troll Patrol

Is the Knife River area infested with trolls? What can be done? Watch a video of the Julebyen Troll Patrol in action.

Troll Patrol



Visit the Julebyen Information booth where you can also pick up Julebyen™ souveniers.

(back to top)

Visit Our Sponsors


Discover what's going on at our local businesses

More about Emily's Eatery on Knife River More about the North Shore Scenic Railroad More about the St. Louis and Lake County Rail Authority More about Heritage Marine Castle Danger Brewery More about Emily's Eatery on Knife River More about Emily's Eatery on Knife River 47 Degrees Gallery More about Positive Energy Outdoors More about Trailfitters More about Knife River Marina More about Duluth Kitchen Company More about Island View Resort More about Knife River Lutheran Church More about Steve Carlson More about Patricia Canelake More about Kendalls Fish More about Thrivent Financial More about Federated COOP More about Great Lakes Candy More about North Shore Propane More about Twin Ports Paper More about Knife River Campground More about Sonju Two Harbors More about Security Jewelers More about Super One More about ArcoCoffee Duluth Rotary Club More about Como Oil and Propane More about Lake View Memorial Hospital Julebyen Gifts North Harbor Services

(back to top)


All Vendors must be approved by the Julebyen Committee.

To apply send email to KRRCemail@gmail.com.

For further information contact:
Helene Hedlund
Julebyen Chair
218.841.8608 Cell
218.834.4338 home

Julebyen hats

visa mastercard amex discover cards accepted

(back to top)