VIRTUAL Julebyen 2020

Knife River, Minnesota

Julebyen 2020 is ONLINE ONLY
Visit our vendor links for exciting holiday gifts!


Julebyen (pronounced YOOL-eh-BE-en) means "Christmas Village". It 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 a VIRTUAL (ONLINE ONLY) unique Julebyen fest.

At the VIRTUAL JULEBYEN you will find:

* An Online Market with foods and unique, hand-made gifts by local artisans.
* Online Troll Village , with a book corner meet regional authors and illustrators) and a variety of recreational exhibits and vendors.

Visit us online and enjoy the celebration!

The Huldrefolk (Hidden Folk) Trail!

There have been signs of "hidden folk" along the trail starting at the Shilhon trailhead. Walk approximately 1 mile on a self-guided circular trail through the woods to learn about Scandinavian Folklore. At stops along the way you'll be able to read about Tomten, Trolls, Dwarves, Elves and Nisse and engage in nature-friendly activities.

Download the Huldrefolk Trail Map and Story here.

Please dress for the weather and be prepared for icy, wet and snowy conditions. Wear a mask and practice social distancing. Bring water and a snack. Sorry, no bathroom or food will be available this year.

This is a COVID safe opportunity for individuals and familes to get out of the house and celebrate in the Christmas season.

Directions: Drive 17 miles out of Duluth on Hwy 61 to East Shilhon Road. Turn left. Drive .7 mile to the Knife River Trailhead on the right. Parking is available in a small lot or along the road. (Google map)

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


Songs of the season. Norwegian Style.

Earl's Chair Earls Chair Gunny's Guitar Gunnys Guitar

For further information contact:
Carol Ojard Carlson, Julebyen Chair
PO Box 245, Knife River, Mn. 55609
Phone: (218) 834-5950