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Saint Lucia's day at Skansen

Enjoy the traditional Swedish celebrations of Saint Lucias day here at Skansen! During three days (13:th, 14:th and 15:th December) you can see Lucia processions from different time periods in our atmospheric enivironments. Skansen's own Lucia will perform on the Solliden stage the 14:th December.

Solliden Stage

The Solliden scene was built in 1938, and rebuilt in 2012-13

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Hours

Fri 13/12 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sat 14/12 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sun 15/12 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Lucia program Friday December 13th

A Lucia celebration as in the 1940's
The doors will open 20 minutes prior to the start of the event.
Brage hall at 11, 12:30, 14 and 15:30

Lucia concert
The doors will open 20 minutes prior to the start of the event.
Seglora church at 10:30, 12, 13:30 and 15

Walking Lucia procession
Students from the musical program at Sollentuna gymnasium will be walking around Skansen singing traditional Lucia songs.

Lucia program Saturday December 14th

Skansen's Lucia
A wonderful concert with Skansen's Lucia, Makda Bogale, and her retinue from Kungsholmens musikgymnasium together with Akebyskolans choir and Solna Brass. The Lucia and her retinue will arrive in a carriage drawn by horses from the Swedish king's own stables.
16.00, Solliden stage

A Lucia celebration as in the 1940's
The doors will open 20 minutes prior to the start of the event.
Brage hall at 11, 12:30, 14 and 15:30

Lucia concert
The doors will open 20 minutes prior to the start of the event.
Seglora church at 10:30, 12, 13:30 and 15

A Lucia celebration as in the 1920's
The doors will open 20 minutes prior to the start of the event.
Brofästet Temperance Hall at 11:30, 13 and 14:30

You can also visit Skansen's Christmas market during this day.

Lucia program Sunday December 15th

A Lucia celebration as in the 1940's
The doors will open 20 minutes prior to the start of the event.
Brage hall at 11, 12:30, 14 and 15:30

Lucia concert
The doors will open 20 minutes prior to the start of the event.
Seglora church at 10:30, 12, 13:30 and 15

A Lucia celebration as in the 1920's
The doors will open 20 minutes prior to the start of the event.
Brofästet Temperance Hall at 11:30, 13 and 14:30

You can also visit Skansen's Christmas market during this day.

St. Lucy, or Lucia as she is known here, is celebrated annually in December – not the least at Skansen. The origins of this peculiar festival in the winter darkness stems from the medieval saint, Nicholas. When the Reformation came to Northern Europe, the adoration of saints was prohibited, but some of them, especially Nicholas, the generous patron saint of schoolchildren, were not easy to do without. So the Germans replaced the bearded saint and bishop with the Christ child and transferred the distribution of gifts from the feast of St Nicholas, on 6th December, to Christmas.

During the 17th and 18th centuries the Christ child, represented by a girl dressed in white linen tunic and with a candle wreath in her hair, played this part and the tradition spread to the western parts of Sweden. Here the day for the feast was transferred to the 13th December which was regarded as the longest night in the year, and the Christ child was called Lucia - Lucia being connected to lux, the latin for light. In the beginning of the 19th century Lucia became known elsewhere in Sweden and the earlies record of a Lucia celebration at Skansen is dated 1893.

Read more about Lucia - the myth and the tradition

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