Julbord, Swedish Christmas Tradition Returns to IKEA Orlando

Celebrate Christmas as the Swedes do when Julbord returns to IKEA Orlando at The Mall at Millenia on Friday, Dec. 12 with two times to choose from: 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. or 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. with the latter seating to feature The Santa Lucia processional (sold out). The cost is $14.99 for adults and $4.99 for children 12 years and under, and tickets can be purchased at the IKEA Restaurant. IKEA FAMILY members pay $11.99 for adults and $2.99 for children 12 years and under.

Julbord is a smörgåsbord: a long table overloaded with flavored meats, fish, cheeses and breads (now you can understand why the word is used to describe a variety). This Scandinavian meal is served buffet-style and originated in Sweden (as did IKEA). Julbord is the standard Christmas dinner for the Swedish people. When you break the word down, “jul” means Yule (another term for Christmas) and “bord” translates to table.

Julbord spread includes delicious salmon.

Julbord spread includes delicious salmon.

IKEA Orlando has arranged this year’s Julbord to be quite a treat, as I can personally attest having experienced a preview of the event in November.

Here’s what you have to look forward to (menu subject to change):

  • Assorted varieties of herring
  • Gravad lax with mustard sauce
  • Poached salmon
  • Najad smoked salmon w/horseradish sauce
  • Swedish cucumber salad
  • Swedish potato salad
  • Christmas ham
  • Prinskorv sausages
  • Meatballs with lingonberries
  • Boiled potatoes with dill
  • Red cabbage
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Assorted cheeses
  • Crispbread, thin bread, dinner rolls
  • Swedish rice pudding with almonds
  • Assorted desserts
  • Jansson temptations
  • Glögg with raisin almond mix
  • Coffee, tea, fountain beverage

The best part is that the items you like from the dinner can be purchased in the store. Then you can have Julbord again on Christmas proper or even in July!

It wouldn

It wouldn’t be a feast without dessert, and Julbord does not disappoint.

I personally recommend the salmon and Glögg, a hot, spiced wine great on chilly evenings. Mmmm…

Have you experienced Julbord or planning to? Share in the comments below!


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