It’s beginning to look a lot like Holidays in Ballard.

Experience all the hygge by celebrating the Holidays in Ballard with us.

Starting on November 5, follow along the Tomte Trail through the shops of Ballard in search of the sneaky little tomten hiding in the storefronts at 24 locations throughout the neighborhood.

Follow along the trail of the Jul-Tomte. Get your Tomte Trail passport at one of the participating locations or download here and set off to find the number hidden on his cup of porridge in the box next to each location.

Then bring your passport, with at least 10 location numbers filled in, to Sweet Mickey’s Candy Shoppe at 5338 Ballard Ave NW by December 20th
to be entered in the Grand Prize drawings.

Each participant who turns in a passport to the HolidayFest mailbox at Sweet Mickey’s will be entered in a drawing for a chance to win a Family Membership to the National Nordic Museum! (Be sure to fill out contact info on your passport so we can let you know if you won.)

Three Grand Prizes will be awarded this year thanks to the National Nordic Museum!


It’s beginning to look a lot like … Holidays in Ballard with holiday lights making the tree canopies along NW Market Street and Ballard Avenue NW merry and bright!
Enjoy the twinkling lights every evening from October 31st until shortly after Valentine’s Day in February 2021. The program is made possible each year through the Ballard Alliance – Ballard Improvement Area. The goal of the program is to add festive cheer to the shopping and dining district and enhance safety for pedestrians strolling the neighborhood.


The National Nordic Museum is continuing the tradition of Julefest. This family friendly weekend event features:
~ A holiday-themed Virtual Crafts & Cocktails on Thursday, November 19.
~ On November 21–22, you’ll find an expanded selection of goodies in the Museum Store, five special vendors, and holiday decorations throughout the Museum.
~ Take a seasonal selfie with the perfect holiday backdrop.
~ Three crafts for kids that you can stream online from home.
~ Freya Café will have lots of cookies for sale, and glogg!
~ November 21 & 22 will also feature a special reduced admission price. Museum Members are always free!

Ballard Gives Back is Ballard’s version of Black Friday. More than a dozen Ballard businesses are putting a generous spin on Black Friday shopping by participating in Ballard Gives Back on Friday, November 27, 2020.  Ballard Gives Back is a program created by local merchants to encourage socially conscious holiday shopping in Ballard by donating a portion of their proceeds to a selected charity. Match up your favorite stores in Ballard with your favorite charity and shop small this holiday season.

Speaking of shopping small, the day after Black Friday is Small Business Saturday. Skip the malls on Saturday, November 28th and do your holiday gift shopping at one of many Ballard boutiques and stores. You will find one-of-a-kind items, enjoy the charm of the neighborhood and keep your hard earned dollars in the community you love to call home.