St. Lucia Day Andersonville Dec 13.
Where: Swedish American Museum, 5211 N. Clark Street Admission is $1 or can of food to benefit Care for Real, Edgewater’s food pantry.
When: December 13. 2019 4:45PM-7PM
About St Lucia Festival
In Sweden, it is celebrated with a parade of girls who wear wreathes of candles. In Andersonville, Chicago’s Swedish neighborhood, the day is marked by a procession led by Lucia girls to the Swedish American Museum, followed by entertainment and treats.
The “Lucia Girls,” who will lead the crowd, wearing long white robes and crowns of candles and singing “The Lucia Song.” Children and adults are welcome to join in the procession.
Afterwards, all participants are invited to the Lucia celebration at the Swedish American Museum. The Lucia celebration features a telling of the Lucia legend, family entertainment by Dream Big Performing Arts, and Swedish holiday treats including traditional “pepparkakor” ginger snaps. Admission is $1 or can of food to benefit Care for Real, Edgewater’s food pantry.
Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood was first settled as a Swedish farming community after the Great Fire of 1871, when Swedish enclaves on the near north side of Chicago moved further north. Today, Andersonville still honors its Swedish traditions, while hosting a vibrant, diverse community with many cultures and lifestyles.