This Saturday, Devil’s Thumb Ranch hosts the 15th annual Tommelfest. The Viking-themed Nordic festival celebrates traditional customs in the spirit of the first cross-country skiers from Norway and Sweden, where the sport originated. Featuring activities such as free nordic ski lessons, a keg toss and Holiday Market, it promises to be a very full day.


From 8 am – 4 pm at the Day Lodge, the nordic festival features a variety of fun events. There are activities for kids of all ages and plenty of great photo opportunities with folks clad in the traditional attire of Celtic Nords. Donned in horned hats, kilts, furry vests and boots, they are an essential element of this quirky event. Another crowd favorite is a display of strength: the traditional keg toss, enjoyed best after throwing back a pint or two of glogg. 

Holiday Market

Open from 10 am – 4 pm in the Broad Axe Barn, the Market has over 30 local and regional vendors participating. There is certain to be something for everyone on your holiday shopping list.

Below are just some of the vendors you will see at this year’s Holiday Market:

  • Alchemy – Pure, natural makeup made in Boulder that not only looks gorgeous, but actually improves the health of your skin.
  • Alpine Wine Design – Environmentally-responsible, functional works of art for the discriminating wine aficionado.
  • ANTARA collection by ZENTS – Gentle, highly effective full spectrum formulas for exquisite skin and balanced body and mind, featuring CBD–Nature’s oldest and newest plant medicine. Organically and locally grown in the Boulder Valley.
  • Christy Lee Payne – Gold, sterling silver, bronze, and semi-precious stone jewelry with a twist of elegance, a touch of edge, and a hint of imperfection handmade with love in Denver.
  • Cotopaxi – Innovative outdoor products, gear, and activewear that fund sustainable poverty relief.
  • Eberjey – Top-quality intimate apparel, loungewear, resort wear, and swimwear well-known for its soft fabrics and pretty laces.
  • Krista Schoenberg – Pendleton fabric purses adorned with recycled horse tack for straps and antler buttons.
  • Mere Mud Pottery – Stoneware mugs, bowls, serving dishes, and additional handmade pottery.
  • Mountain Patchwork – Woolen mittens and hats from recycled sweaters, as well as hand-carved decorative wooden animals.
  • RMC Custom Woodworks – Hand-turned items made from locally harvested beetle-kill.
  • Ugg – Footwear, clothing, outerwear, bags, and more made from grade-A sheepskin and rich leather.

Food & Drink

Heck’s Tavern will have plenty of glogg (old-fashioned Swedish spiced wine) at the bar and diners can enjoy a special Tommelfest Buffet featuring brats, meatball skewers, sauerkraut, scalloped potatoes, brussel sprouts and cobbler.

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