|The story of Lucia began 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 moving across Lake Vänern toward the shores in the province of Värmland. 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. Lucia came to represent the hope of a brighter day.|
Lindsborg celebrates Saint Lucia each year on the second Saturday in December with 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 AM, 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, Folkdanslag, the adult dancers, will join for more dancing while gingersnaps and coffee are served. The crowning moment is the coronation of t his year’s St. Lucia, Smoky Valley High School senior Eliana McMillan and the singing of traditional Saint Lucia songs.
Schedule of Events:
Visitors can enjoy the Dala horse story at the Hemslojd, hear about St. Lucia and the Star Boy in Lucia Park (weather permitting) or at the Lindsborg Community Library, learn about a Swedish Christmas in the First Bank Kansas lobby, and finally, discover the story of the tricky tomte at The Good Merchant. Stories will be shared on the half-hour from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Also, new this year, you will find roaming Lucias, handing out lighthearted gifts to encouraging acts of kindness… reminding us all to BE the light. There will be make and take crafts for children at the Lindsborg Community Library and a pancake feed benefiting Steps Out of Poverty of McPherson County. There is nothing quite like Christmastime in Lindsborg. It’s the perfect backdrop for celebrating Saint Lucia!
- 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM | Swedish Pancake Feed, Evangelical Covenant Church of Lindsborg Kansas, 102 S Washington Street. *Proceeds to benefit Steps to End Poverty of McPherson County, an organization dedicated to forming a community around those in poverty, fostering connections, and creating pathways of opportunity and success for them.
- 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM | Lindsborg Swedish Folk Dancers Sale, Julkärve & Swedish baked goods, Rendezvous Adventure Outfitters, 113 N Main St. *Proceeds to benefit TACOL, The Associated Churches Of Lindsborg, which helps fund several community programs providing for those in need.
- 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM | St. Lucia & Star Boy crafts, Lindsborg Community Library, 111 S Main St.
- 10:15 AM | Lindsborg Swedish Folk Dancers performance with fourth graders, 100 block N Main St.
- 10:45 AM | Procession to Bethany Lutheran Church, 320 N Main St.
- 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM | Folktales & Story Telling every half-hour
- The Dala Horse - Hemslöjd, Inc., 201 N Main St.
- The Tomte - The Good Merchant, 131 N Main St.
- A Swedish Christmas - First Bank Kansas, 118 N Main St.
- Saint Lucia & Star Boy - Lucia Park, next to City Hall, 101 S Main St. (inclement weather location - Lindsborg Community Library, 111 S Main St.)
- 11:30 AM | Fourth Grade Saint Lucia Program, reception following Bethany Lutheran Church, 320 N Main St.
- 1:15 PM | Folkdanslag performance in front of Bethany Church, 320 N Main St.
- 1:45 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 after program.