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Smorgasbord Season

Even if you’re not Swedish, consider celebrating the holidays with herring, meatballs, and more.


1. Scandinavia House
Aquavit’s Marcus Samuelsson doesn’t stint on the traditional Christmas smorgasbord spread, which includes herring, salmon, glögg—and Swedish meatballs, of course (December 10 and 11; lunch and dinner, $50 and $65 respectively).
58 Park Ave., nr. 38th St.; 212-847-9724

2. Ulrika’s
Santa Lucia Day, which honors the patron saint of light on December 13, is one of the biggies on the Swedish calendar. On December 10 through 13, this cozy cottagelike restaurant celebrates with traditional caroling and a special three-course lunch ($35) and dinner ($45).
115 E. 60th St., nr. Park Ave.; 212-355-7069


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