St. Lucia events across the U.S.

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St. Lucia events across the U.S.

This week, Swedes across the United States are bringing in the holidays with a St. Lucia Day celebration.

St. Lucia Day is tomorrow, Dec. 13, and is a day to remember the story of Sankta Lucia, a maiden murdered for her generosity towards the homeless. Different communities and organizations have their own customs and traditions, but a St. Lucia procession is the core of each celebration. Participants wear white gowns and crowns made of holiday greenery and sing carols while carrying a candle. This procession is led by one girl who is chosen to play the role of Lucia. Feasts and fun typically follow the performance and include holiday favorites like glögg, pepparkakor and saffron buns.

Here are a handful of St. Lucia events happening across the country if you’re looking to celebrate. Did we miss a St. Lucia event happening in your hometown? Let us know at!

Lucia in the Mansion Concert

Tuesday, Dec. 12

This members-only event at the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis is a concert-style Lucia celebration with a performance by the 2017 Lucia Choir in the Turnblad Mansion Grand Hall. Click here for more information.

St. Lucia Festival of Lights

Wednesday, Dec. 13

Candles will light up the sidewalks right outside of the Swedish American Museum in the Andersonville neighborhood of Chicago during this annual Lucia festival, which is followed by a feast and family entertainment inside the museum. Admission is only $1 or a canned food donation to support a local food pantry. Click here for more information.

SACC-Seattle Lucia Celebration

Wednesday, Dec. 13

Enjoy Swedish meatballs with glögg to keep warm on St. Lucia Day at the Consulate of Sweden in Seattle. The SWEA women’s choir will sing Christmas songs and, of course, a Lucia will make an appearance. Click here for more information.


SACC-Georgia’s 32 Annual Lucia Gala

Saturday, Dec. 16

Enjoy a Swedish smörgåsbord, glögg, live music and dancing with a performance by SACC-Georgia’s world-renowned Lucia and a silent auction at the Druid Hills Golf Club. Georgians, get your tickets here.

District Lodge New Jersey No. 6 Vasa Order of America 

Saturday, Dec. 16

An evening of holiday celebrations with a traditional St. Lucia procession at Vasa Park in Budd Lake, N.J. Plan on bringing a $10 donation to enjoy the festivities, which include dancing, music and dinner. Click here for more information.

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