December 2019

Artists' Studio Open House
Saturday, December 7
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Saturday, December 7, 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 several local artists at various 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 7
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. 

Painting with Pals
Sunday, December 8
1:00 PM 
New to Lindsborg is Painting with Pals , an opportunity to explore your creative side with Jennifer Krob.
 Reserve your spots soon as these classes fill quickly! The December 1 class, featuring an adorable Christmas truck, is full, but the Let it Snowmanclass held December 8, 1:00 PM, still has openings. Classes are $30 per person with all supplies provided. You will have a lovely 16" x 24" canvas painting to take home, or gift, once completed.Call the Lindsborg Senior Center to reserve your spot at 785-227-3983, then drop off $30 cash or check made to Lindsborg Senior Center. Checks may also be mailed to the Lindsborg Senior Center, attn: Marion/Painting with Pals at 116 S Main Street, Lindsborg Kansas, 67456. All classes will be held at the Senior Center.Want to host a party of your own? Visit Painting with Pals on Facebook to schedule a party with a design of your choosing. There is a six person minimum to book.

Jultide 2019: Voices of the Faithful
Sunday, December 8
4:00 PM 

Jultide at Bethany, a holiday celebration of Christ’s birth, will be held on Sunday, December 8 at 4:00 PM, in Presser Hall, on the campus of Bethany College, 335 E Swensson Street. Hear from voices of the faithful throughout history, including iconic figures from the Bible and modern leaders. The Jultide performance will feature the Bethany College Chamber Choir, directed by Mark Lucas, the Bethany College/Lindsborg Community Orchestra, directed by Lori McKinney, and the Bethany College Handbell Ensemble, directed by Hentus van Rooyen. A freewill offering will be taken. This concert is free and open to the public.

Saint Lucia Festival
Saturday, December 14
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Photo courtesy of Tim Stewart
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:
  • 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.
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! 

Freeze Your Brass Off
Saturday, December 14
4:00 PM

The brainchild of talented musicians native to Lindsborg, the Lindsborg Landmark Concert Series delivers free concerts located in the unique sites that draw many to Lindsborg. The traditional final concert of the season is the Freeze Your Brass Off concert in Lucia Park, next to City Hall, 101 S Main Street, Saturday, December 14, at 4:00 PM.
Brave the cold and come hear Wheatland Brass play. But don't just come to listen! Freeze Your Brass Offis an interactive concert, so dust off your brass instruments and bring them along. No matter your skill level, all are invited to join in playing everyone's favorite Christmas carols! Wrap up with a nice warm cup of fabulous hot chocolate, courtesy of the White Peacock Tea & Coffee Company.

Old Fashioned Christmas
Saturday, December 14
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:  5:00 PM – Prairie Wind Harp Circle, 5:30 PM – Silver Tones Flute Choir, 6:00 PM – Mennonite Friends Chorus, 6:30 PM – McPherson's Men In Harmony, 7:00 PM – Smoky Valley Men's Choir, 7:30PM – Tyler Atkinson .
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 on the Prairie’ with performances repeating throughout the evening. Join a shepherd as he shares the traditional Christmas story in the stable with performances from 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM . 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. 

A Christmas Concert featuring the Smoky Valley String Orchestra
Sunday, December 15
2:00 PM

The Birger Sandzén Memorial Gallery presents a Christmas chamber concert featuring the Smoky Valley String Orchestra, Sunday December 10, 2:00 PM in the Sandzén Gallery at 401 North First Street in Lindsborg .
The Sandzén Gallery is open from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM Tuesday through Saturday, and 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM on Sunday. The Gallery is closed on Mondays. Admission is free, with donations appreciated. Docent tours for groups are available by two-week advance appointment. For more information about Birger Sandzén and the Sandzén Gallery visit or call (785) 227-2220. 

Cookies with Mrs. Claus
Saturday, December 21
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, 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
Wednesday, December 25
6:00 AM 

This traditional Swedish Christmas Lutheran Church service begins at 6:00 a.m. Come early to start your day with the beautiful music of a brass ensemble sounding 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 Bethany Lutheran Church office at 785-227-2167.

Annandag Jul
Thursday, December 26
10:00 AM 

Photo by Jim Turner

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. Bethany Lutheran Church is located at 320 N Main Street in Lindsborg. For more information call the Bethany Lutheran Church office at 785-227-2167.

Looking Ahead...

  • 01/10 - Makers Street - The Lindsborg Art Walk - 5-8 PM - King Knut's Day Edition
  • 01/25 - Swedish Luau - Downtown Lindsborg
  • 02/08 - Chocolate Lover's Affair - J.O. Sundstrom Conference Center
  • 03/21 - Våffeldagen - Downtown Lindsborg

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