Velkommen (Welcome) to Dannebrog, the Danish Capital of Nebraska. The first weekend in June, our little village (named from the Danish Flag), hosts a weekend celebration honoring its heritage, during which the citizens of Dannebrog commemorate the anniversary of the signing of Denmark’s Free Constitution in 1849 by King Frederik VII. The word, Grundlov is from a Danish term meaning foundation.
The first Grundlovsfest was held in 1988. The celebration has grown to include numerous activities each year. Activities in the past have included: Aebleskiver (Danish Pancakes), adult games, artists, bingo, a cake/bake walk, class reunions, cloggers, cow bingo, horse and buggy rides, a jam session, kid’s games, money dig and tractor pulls, a Melodrama, a Muzzleloaders Rendezvous, a parade (with floats, farm equipment, vintage cars, local/regional celebrities and bands), a quilt show and last but not least, a street dance and beer garden.
During this fun-filled weekend, visitors can stroll down our beautiful main street to sample delicious, world-famous Danish foods, shop in our businesses or stop over at the arts/craft show. You can also catch a performance by various musical groups throughout the day.
Dannebrog residents encourage visitors from around the state, country and world to attend the Grundlovsfest each year. The village’s quaint population of 354 swells to well over 1,000 during this special celebration the first weekend in June.
Old-Fashioned Danish Christmas
The smell of delicious foods and sounds of music and laughter fills the air at Dannebrog’s Old-Fashioned Danish Christmas. From a small Christmas Tree Fantasy in 1990, this celebration has grown each year. The American Bus Association and North American Motorcoach Industry highlighted the event as one of the Top 100 events in North America in 1995. Dannebrog’s celebration is a rich, old-fashioned reminder of the Danish heritage.
Each year our festival grows to new levels. Activities at the Old-Fashioned Danish Christmas have included: Aebleskiver (Danish Pancakes), a bake sale, bingo, a cake/bake walk, a Christmas Tree Fantasy, a holiday music medley (Youth Bell Choir, Danish Dancers, and Centura High School Choir), horse and buggy rides, kids crafts, living outdoor nativity scene, a soup & pie supper and treats and pictures with Old Father Christmas, Mr. & Mrs. Claus and their elves.
As you stroll through our beautifully decorated village, you can enjoy hot apple cider, arts and crafts show, samples of Danish foods, hay rack rides, and spectacular displays of Christmas lights and animations. Please join us the first weekend in December to celebrate Dannebrog’s rich, Old-Fashioned Danish Heritage.
- Old Fashioned Danish Christmas – 1st weekend in December
- Annual Grundslovsfest – 1st weekend in June
- Junk Jaunt – end of September