December 2018

Artists Studio Open House
Saturday, December 1
10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Saturday, December 1, from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM explore the Lindsborg Christmas Artists’ Studio Open House. This yearly Christmas event gives visitors an opportunity to experience firsthand the working studios of 29 local artists at 20 different locations, including Lindsborg’s museums and galleries. There will be an abundance of art available, in all mediums, to purchase for yourself or anyone on your Christmas list. Holiday treats will be served at the studios and galleries, and musicians will entertain as you browse and enjoy artwork.
The Christmas Artists’ Studio Open House brochure may be picked up at the Red Barn Studio, 212 South Main, Lindsborg, and at participating studios. A sign will be placed at each studio for easy identification. The brochure provides a photo and brief bio of each artist, along with a map indicating their studio’s location. This event is sponsored by the Raymer Society for the Arts, the Lindsborg Arts Council, and participating artists.
For more information, contact the Red Barn Studio, by phone, 785-227-2217, or email .

Snowflake Parade
Saturday, December 1
11:00 AM

The Snowflake Parade is for everyone! Don't just come and watch, plan to be part of the fun. All snowflakes, Christmas bells, snowmen, reindeer, tomtes and ugly sweater-wearers welcome! There are no entry fees or forms, if you'd like to be in the parade, simply show up at the Bethany Lutheran Church parking lot by 10:30 AM. The parade will begin at 11:00 AM and will follow Main Street from Saline Street to Grant. 

Lindsborg Senior Center Holiday Brunch
Saturday, December 1
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Come enjoy brunch at the Lindsborg Senior Center, Saturday, December 1st, from 9:30 AM until noon. Egg casserole, cinnamon rolls, fruit, juice and coffee will all be on the menu. Freewill donation.

Bethany College Jultide Concert
Sunday, December 2
4:00 PM

Saint Lucia Festival
Saturday, December 8
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Photo by Jim Turner
We need the color of pageantry and the heart-tug of tradition casting rays of light in our lives, which is why Lindsborg’s Saint Lucia Festival, commonly celebrated in Sweden on December 13, comes so highly recommended. The story of Lucia sparked centuries ago in the darkest cold of winter when many Swedes were said to be starving. The tale holds that on one bleak night, the people of a particularly hard-struck village saw a light across the lake, moving toward the town. Soon the villagers could clearly see white-robed Lucia with red sash and green-wreathed head crowned in candlelight. Lucia brought the people food, a welcome relief. Most of all, Lucia brought hope.
Lindsborg celebrates Saint Lucia the second Saturday in December every year. Enjoy a day of Swedish folk dancing, live music and children’s crafts. Spy Lucia as she might have been seen those many years ago. Surrounded by dancers donning their traditional Swedish costumes, Lucia brings joy and light once again.
At 11:00 a.m., a young woman clothed as Saint Lucia, and her stjärngosse (star boys) lead a procession to Bethany Lutheran Church for the fourth grade performance of traditional songs, sung in both Swedish and English. Later in the day, the adult Folkdanslag group will join for more dancing while gingersnaps and coffee are served. The crowning moment is the coronation of the high school’s Saint Lucia and the singing of traditional Saint Lucia songs.
Schedule of Events:
  • 10:00 AM - Lindsborg Swedish Folk Dancers Performance, First Bank Kansas, 118 N Main
  • 10:15 AM - Lindsborg Swedish Folk Dancers Performance with fourth graders, First Bank Kansas, 118 N Main
  • 10:45 AM - 11:00AM - Processional to Bethany Lutheran Church, 320 N Main St
  • 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM - Various performances at Connected, 129 N Main St
  • 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM - Fiddlers perform Prelude, Bethany Church, 320 N Main St 
  • 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM - Saint Lucia and attendants serve cookies and cider, downtown Lindsborg
  • 11:30 AM - Fourth Grade Saint Lucia Program, Bethany Lutheran Church, 320 N Main St
  • 1:15 PM - 1:45 PM -Folkdanslag performance in front of Bethany Church, 320 N Main St
  • 1:45 PM - 2:30 PM - Lindsborg Swedish Folk Dancers performance in front of Bethany Church, 320 N Main St
  • 3:00 PM - Lindsborg Swedish Folk Dancers' Saint Lucia Program at Bethany Church, 320 N Main St, cookies and cider served afterward!
Print a full schedule here . For the little ones, a free printable Saint Lucia paper doll can be downloaded here.

Old Fashioned Christmas
Saturday, December 8
5:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Take in the sights and sounds of a prairie Christmas at the Old Mill Museum . Enjoy the museum grounds, lit by kerosene lanterns, as you stroll between music, drama and children’s activities. Groups providing joyful holiday music include: 5:30 PM –Silver Tones Flute Choir, 6:15 PM – Mennonite Friends Chorus, 7:00 PM – McPherson's Men In Harmony and 7:45 PM – Prairiefolk.
Enjoy special kids’ music with entertainer Thad Beach and share wishes with Santa. Find children’s Christmas crafts in the one-room school and decorate sugar cookies along the way.  The Smoky Valley High School Drama Team presents the play ‘Christmas at the Depot’ with performances repeating throughout the evening. Join a shepherd as he shares the traditional Christmas story in the stable. Millers provide guided tours of the 1898 flour mill throughout the evening.  
Warm up with tasty holiday refreshments and shop for unique gifts in the museum gift shop.  Don’t miss this chance to enjoy Old Fashioned Christmas, Saturday, December 8, from 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM, at the Old Mill Museum, 120 Mill Street in Lindsborg. Admission is by donation for this event. 

Cookies with Mrs. Claus
Saturday, December 15
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Stop by First Bank Kansas,118 N Main Street, between 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM, Saturday December 15 th, to share your Christmas wishes with Mrs. Claus. There will be sugar cookies for the kids to decorate and hot chocolate for all to enjoy! Warm up inside before heading downtown to finish out your holiday shopping list.

Julotta, a Christmas Service
Tuesday, December 25
6:00 AM 

Photo by Jim Turner

This traditional Swedish Christmas Lutheran Church service begins at 6:00 a.m. Come early to start your day with the beautiful sounds of a brass ensemble sending the call to worship at 5:45 a.m. from the bell tower at Bethany Lutheran Church. A memorable way to start your Christmas morning. Bethany Lutheran Church is located at 320 N Main Street in Lindsborg. For more information call the office at 785-227-2167.

Annandag Jul
Wednesday, December 26
10:00 AM 

Annandag Jul, which means literally "another day of Christmas", is an official part of the Christmas holiday in Sweden. It is similar to Boxing Day in some of the Commonwealth countries. Annandag Jul marks the days between Christmas season and New Year's Day. Experience this traditional Lutheran service in Swedish (an English translation will be provided) at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, December 26 th . Bethany Lutheran Church is located at 320 N Main Street in Lindsborg. For more information call the office at 785-227-2167.

The Dawning of a New Legacy
A Lindsborg Sesquicentennial New Year's Eve Extravaganza
Monday, December 31
8:00 PM - 1:00 AM

“Roaring Into the Future” is the theme of the 1920s-themed New Year’s Eve extravaganza that will begin at 8:00 PM December 31 st at the J.O. Sundstrom Conference Center, 102 N. Main St. in Lindsborg. Attendees are encouraged to wear 1920s-era costumes and take part in an evening with food, dancing and music performed by The Blades.

Tickets for the New Year’s Eve party are $35 for individuals or $320 for a table. A table ticket includes appetizers, an additional complimentary champagne toast at midnight, party favors, and is preferred, reserved seating for 8. Attendees must be 21 or older.

Purchase tickets here .

Blue Santa

Blue Santa got it's start in 1976 when some officers in the San Antonio Police Department decided to provide gifts for underprivileged children in their city. Fast forward to 2014, with help from a donation from the Mason's, the Lindsborg Police Department began to do the same. Today the program has seen donations from local estates, the Kiwanis Club, and more. The Lindsborg Police Department focuses on middle school and high school students selecting gifts to match the needs and interests of each child receiving them. For more information, or to donate, drop by the Lindsborg Public Safety Center. The Safety Center is located at 102 S First St in Lindsborg and is able to receive donations from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday. Questions? Call 785-227-2988.

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