Gather your family for a Polar Express Experience! Put on those holiday PJs and settle in for an evening of fun at the J.O. Sundstrom Conference Center! Make this event part of your Christmas in Lindsborg holiday fun! The event includes character appearances, holiday photo-op, hot cocoa, cookies, a souvenir ticket and more!
One ticket holder for Lindsborg’s Polar Express Experience will win a Lionel “Polar Express” HO-gauge electric train set with: track, engine, coal car and two passenger cars; Bluetooth remote, and conductor and train sounds.
$15 per person with a $2 sibling discount for each following registration. For more information on this and all the holiday events in Lindsborg, go to Visit Lindsborg!
The J.O. Sundstrom Conference Center is located at 102 N. Main Street.
Join in the fun of this wild and wacky parade! Plan to be part of the fun--all snowflakes, Christmas bells, snowmen, reindeer, tomtes and ugly sweater-wearers welcome!
Parade line up begins at 10:30am at Bethany Lutheran Church. Bethany Lutheran Church is located at 320 N. Main Street.
Parade route, down Main Street, begins at 11:00am. Bring your chair and a hot beverage to make the most of the morning. Be prepared to get jolly while watching the whimsy!
Following the parade, visit Santa at First Bank Kansas and enjoy cookies with Mrs. Claus at the library until 1:00pm. First Bank Kansas is located at 118 N. Main Street.
Afterwards, there will be free "take and make" ornaments for children at participating businesses (while supplies last).
Beth Stockdell, Artist-in-Residence
Red Barn Studio Museum
The Raymer Society welcomes returning artist Beth Stockdell of Fayetteville, Arkansas, into the studio December 1-7. Stockdell, a seasoned harpist and lifelong artist, has explored a wide range of mediums from photography to 3D-stained glass sculptures, bookmaking, to Zentangle drawing methods. "Although my chosen medium has morphed over the years--all of these disciplines have layered a unique perspective into my art practice," Stockdell says.
During her week-long residency, Stockdell is considering two projects: one focusing on found materials to honor Lester Raymer's upcycling traditions, and a second project of two books focusing on the languages of flowers and gems. The books will be composed of Zentangle drawing methods and pop-up elements. View more of Beth's work on her website.
Stop at the Red Barn Studio Museum on Saturday, December 2, during the Christmas Artist Studio Open House to see Beth Stockdell and her creative processes. For more information on Stockdell's work and inspiration, go to Visit Lindsborg!
Every year, on the first Saturday of December, Lindsborg artists open their studios to visitors, offering them a glimpse into their creative processes and works. This year, on December 2, 10:00am-5:00pm, visitors can explore galleries and workspaces in the Lindsborg and Marquette area while immersing themselves in art, music, and engaging conversations.
Visitors will have the opportunity to meet artists working in various mediums, ranging from ceramics to copper enamel, bookmaking to stained glass, and quilts to gouache painting.
The Christmas Artists' Studio Open House will feature over 20 participating artists and more than 10 galleries and studios. This annual event provides a unique and special opportunity to discover and collect Christmas gifts for everyone. The Open House brochure can be obtained at the Red Barn Studio Museum and other participating venues on December 2nd.
To find the most recent information on Lindsborg's Christmas Artists' Studio Open House visit Red Barn Studio Museum's website.
South Carolina pianist and Wichita native Kevin Ayesh will be performing selections by Beethoven, Chopin, and Rachmaninoff, along with pieces appropriate for the holiday season at the Birger Sandzén Memorial Gallery on Sunday, December 3, at 2:00pm. Special music includes J.S. Bach's Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring, Robert Starer's Three Israeli Sketches, and selections from Franz Liszt's Christmas Tree Suite. The concert will be followed by a reception.
Kevin Ayesh has presented concerts and master classes throughout the United States – performing in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia, as well as Canada, England, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Belgium, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, and Hong Kong. As a North Carolina visiting artist for four years, he appeared before thousands across that state, performing as many as 50 recitals in a season.
Ayesh is the recipient of many prizes, including the Naftzger Piano Award, Baltimore Music Club Award, and Winner of both the JCC Baltimore Piano Competition and the Maryland State Music Teachers' Elizabeth R. Davis Memorial Piano Competition. He has adjudicated Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) auditions for the state conventions of Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia, and has been a featured clinician at both the Georgia and South Carolina Music Educators Association state conventions.
Recently retired after 29 years as head of the music department and Artistic Director of the Concert Series at Blue Ridge Community College in Flat Rock, North Carolina, Ayesh currently teaches applied piano at Spartanburg Methodist College in South Carolina. A native of Wichita, Kansas, he received his Bachelor of Music degree with highest honors from the University of Texas at Austin; his master’s and doctorate degrees are from the University of Maryland.
Shin-hee Chin returns to the Red Barn Studio Museum from December 8-January 27. The spacious south studio will be her creative ground, enabling her to work on numerous pieces all at once.
“I want to explore the abstract and non-figurative aspect of art quilt: alongside the current focus on humanity, I plan to explore text and image, language and identity, landscape and environment,” says Shin-hee.
Shin-hee creates works rich in texture, color and depth. By incorporating fiber, thread and stitching, she provides a unique interpretation, converting the conventionally feminine craft of needlework into a medium for art making. With her strategic use of stitching, random weave and stitching, wrapping and binding with recycled quilts, she converts the conventionally feminine activity of needle works into a medium for art making and a source of voice and power for women.
Visitors can expect to see Shin-hee’s concepts and musical inspirations unraveling vividly into visual artworks, illuminated by a vibrant spectrum of colors. She aspires to meld abstract and representational images harmoniously, portraying the deep connections between art, music, and spirituality. If you're unable to experience her artistry unfolding in person, visit Chin's website. For more information into Chin's focus and process, go to Visit Lindsborg.
The Hand-Crafted Holiday Market showcases the work of over 20 talented artists from the Smoky Valley region. It features a diverse range of items, including paintings, prints, ceramics, jewelry, quilts, Swedish-inspired folk art, woodcarvings, mixed-media pieces, and more. This market offers a unique opportunity to find affordable, hand-crafted items for both gifting and collecting.
Join Smoky Valley Arts & Folklife Center in the Workroom for 4 holiday-themed workshops on Thursdays from 6:00-8:00pm this season! Each workshop will offer a special cocktail and craft for you to create. Don't forget to invite a friend or two and mark your calendars!
The Lindsborg Saint Lucia Festival is a beautiful and important celebration during the holiday season. Lindsborg’s traditional festival will be celebrated on Saturday, December 9. The Lindsborg Swedish Folk Dancers will host the festival event by providing Swedish folk dancing performances downtown beginning at 10:15am and on the Bethany Lutheran Church lawn at 3:00pm. A church service honoring Saint Lucia will also take place there at 3:00pm. There will be many other activities going on throughout the downtown area as well.
Jordan Elseth was drawn from the eligible senior girls to serve as the Lindsborg Swedish Folk Dancers’ Saint Lucia. Elseth and Star Boy Jordan Bodenhamer, as well as other senior members, will be downtown serving refreshments throughout the day. The organization will also be hosting a Swedish bake sale in the Courtyard Gallery from 10:00am-2:00pm with all proceeds being donated, in the true Saint Lucia custom of giving to others.
Be a part of one of the most beautiful of holiday traditions.
For more information on Saint Lucia and her importance to Sweden, click on Visit Lindsborg!
Additional Saint Lucia Festival Activities
Adding to the Saint Lucia Festival, Christmas in Lindsborg kicks off with a Pancake Feed at the Evangelical Covenant Church from 8:30am-10:30am, ensuring that attendees start their day with delicious warmth and cheer. Location is 102 S. Washington, close to the downtown events.
The Lindsborg Community Library is joining in the festivities with a scavenger hunt and craft activities featuring beloved Scandinavian holiday characters such as the Tomte, Saint Lucia, and Star Boy from 10:00am -1:00pm. Lindsborg Community Library is located at 111 S. Main Street.
Participants can also immerse themselves in creative expression at the Smoky Valley Arts & Folklife Center, where they can craft their very own Lucia-inspired paper candles from 10:00am to 3:00pm. The craft offerings allow everyone to get into the holiday spirit and create cherished mementos to take home. Smoky Valley Arts & Folklife Center is located at 114 1/2 S. Main Street.
Participating Downtown businesses will host Christmas storytelling stops from 10:00am-2:00pm, providing an enchanting opportunity for families to gather and share in the joy of the season.
One of the highlights of Christmas in Lindsborg Saint Lucia Festival is the traditional Swedish apple tree, created by Jack Turner. Attendees can join in the tradition by placing paper apples adorned with messages of gratitude onto the tree. This heartwarming activity not only embodies the spirit of Lucia but also raises funds for the Lindsborg Dala Pantry, supporting those in need during the holiday season.
Mark your calendars and join for a day of festive fun, goodwill, and togetherness.
live music in the Swedish Pavilion (see schedule below)
kids sugar cookie decoration
visit from Santa for the kids
A Shepherd's Story of Christmas
tours of the 1898 Smoky Valley Roller Mills
bake sale refreshments
New this year will be the Mayor's Christmas Kaffe 6:00-7:00pm in the Train Depot!
Live music in the Swedish Pavilion will include:
5:30pm Smoky Valley High School Madrigals
6:00pm Men in Harmony
6:30pm Formal Flutes
7:00pm Mennonite Choir
7:30pm Smoky Valley Men's Choir
The museum and gift shop will also be open. Admission during the holiday event will be by donation.
TheLindsborg Old Mill and Swedish Heritage Museum celebrates and preserves the pioneering spirit of the Smoky Valley by educating, entertaining, and building community across generations so that history comes to life. With special emphasis on the period from 1870 to 1910, the museum includes two buildings on the National Registry of Historical Places and extensive archives and artifact collections. The museum seeks to honor the rich story of Lindsborg and its people.
Stop by after the Snowflake Parade on December 2 from 11:30am - 2:30pm for a free come-and-go Junior Artists’ Open Studio and make a Christmas tree decoration or ornament from paper cones, tissue paper, and pom-poms. Bring the whole family and enjoy some creative time this holiday season. If you can’t stay, a take-and-make option will be available for families on the go!
Join the Smoky Valley Arts & Folklife Center during the Lindsborg Swedish Folk Dancers St. Lucia Fest on December 9, from 10:00am to 3:00pm, for a free come-and-go Junior Artists’ Open Studio where you can create a craft inspired by the light of Saint Lucia.
Legend has it that during a terrible famine in Sweden, on the longest, darkest, and coldest day of winter, a brilliantly lit ship appeared across the dark water. Onboard was Lucia, dressed in all white with a crown of light on her head. St. Lucia brought food for the hungry, and thanks to her crown of light, she was able to light the way while serving the people of Sweden.
Using construction paper and tinsel pipe cleaners, you can make a paper candle to remind us that this is the season of light and giving.
The Holiday Gift Show at the Birger Sandzén Memorial Gallery continue through January 7 along with three additional exhibitions. They feature paintings by Zak Barnes of Lawrence and John McClanahan of Dallas, Texas; a small showing of colored pencil works by Norman Shogren (1927-2023); and the annual Holiday Gift Show.
The Gallery's popularHoliday Gift Show contains the work of over 30 invited artists and includes paintings, prints, ceramics, jewelry, sculpture, Swedish-inspired folk art, woodcarvings, mixed media pieces, and more.
The Birger Sandzén Memorial Gallery is located at 401 N. First Street. Hours are 10:00am-5:00pm Tuesday through Saturday, and 1:00-5:00pm on Sunday. Admission is free, with donations appreciated. Docent tours for groups are available by two-week advance appointment. For more information about Birger Sandzén, the Gallery, and these exhibitions visit the website or phone 785-227-2220.
Afternoon Queens Tea with Betty Ford Performance
J.O Sundstrom Conference Center
A special performance along with an Afternoon Queens Tea will be held on December 17. First Lady, Betty Ford (performed by Historical Echoes performer, Donna Becker), will be the guest of honor. Becker will tell Ford's compelling story as she relays the struggle with breast cancer and alcohol addiction while living in the public eye.
A Queens Tea includes a variety of sandwiches, scones with lemon curd, tea, and multiple desserts.
The Historical Echoes performance and tea will be held at the J.O. Sundstrom Conference Center at 2:30pm. Reservations are required and needed by December 3. Cost is $65 per person. Contact Irene Nielsen by leaving a message at 785-493-5246 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each semester, the Bethany College Music Department offers a variety of musical performances featuring talented student musicians and esteemed faculty. Bethany takes great pride in presenting a diverse calendar of fine art events for Lindsborg and the surrounding communities, offering opportunities to celebrate music, art, and culture.
December 5, 2:30pm: Music department recital will be held in the Pearson Chapel on the Bethany College Campus
December 7, 7:00pm: Bethany College Symphonic Band will present a concert in Presser Hall Auditorium featuring the Buhler High School Band
December 10, 4:00pm: The Word Was Made Flesh, a Christmas collaboration between the Bethany College Choirs, Handbells, and Campus Ministry will take place at Bethany Lutheran Church located at 320 N. Main Street
"This season, we enter the Christmas story with our deepest longings and greatest joys. IN the fullness of our humanity, we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. God is with us and we encounter again the mystery of God who draws near," says Mark Lucas, Associate Professor of Music at Bethany College. And the Word became flesh and lived among us...full of grace and truth. John 1:14.
Anyone who purchases a 2024 Lindsborg Museum membership through5:00pm December 31 will also secure a bonus to the museum worth three times the amount of the membership. It’s a perfect way to make donation dollars stretch farther this holiday season.
Museum Executive Director, Lenora Lynam, explains the significance of this opportunity, “Museum members are one of our most important sources of funding in the annual budget. This challenge gift and its focus on memberships is the perfect way to grow our museum family and financial foundation."
To become a member today, visit the Lindsborg Old Mill and Swedish Heritage Museum's website. Call 785-227-3595 for additional membership information. or in person at the museum at 120 E. Mill Street during museum hours of 9:00am-5:00pm. Monday - Saturday.
The Lindsborg Old Mill and Swedish Heritage Museum celebrates and preserves the pioneering spirit of the Smoky Valley by educating, entertaining, and building community across generations so that history comes to life. With special emphasis on the period from 1870 to 1910, the museum includes two buildings on the National Registry of Historical Places and extensive archives and artifact collections. The museum seeks to honor the rich story of Lindsborg and its people. Learn more about the museum at their website. The Lindsborg Old Mill and Swedish Heritage Museum is located at 120 E. Mill Street; hours are 9:00am-5:00pm. Monday- Saturday.
Julotta and Annandag Jul
Bethany Lutheran Church
A traditional Swedish custom, Julotta is a beautiful early Christmas morning church service. Churches are lit with candles and awash with music.
Julotta in Swedish means Christmas morn, lotta is the time which is slightly before dawn. At 5:30 a.m., a brass quartet begins the call to service from the steeple of the Bethany Lutheran Church. The service begins at 6:00am on December 25.
Annandag Jul, literally meaning "another day of Christmas,” is an official part of the Christmas holiday in Sweden. Annandag Jul marks the middle days between the beginning of the Christmas season and New Year’s. Bethany Church will celebrate Annandag Jul on December 26 at 10:00am.
Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church invites all to participate in the annual Cookie Walk on Saturday, December 9 at 9:00am-1:00pm. Delicious cookies and treats are available to purchase at $9.00/pound.
December 17, O Holy Light: A Cantata for Christmas will be performed at the church with a reception following. A freewill offering will be taken for the choir.
Christmas services at Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church:
December 24: Christmas Eve Worship, 5:30pm Family Worship, 10:00pm Candlelight Worship
December 31: Christmas Carols & Hymns, 10:00am with fellowship and goodies to follow
Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church is located at 402 N. First Street.
More Christmas Events in Lindsborg!
December 16: Cookies with Mrs. Claus at First Bank Kansas, 12:00pm-2:00pm, 118 N. Main Street