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Andersonville’s St. Lucia Festival Of Lights Returns Tuesday With Candle-Lit Procession, Caroling

The Swedish Christmas celebration will see children lead a procession down Clark Street and sing carols by Andersonville's Christmas tree.

Andersonville's St. Lucia Festival of Lights
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ANDERSONVILLE — A staple of Christmastime in Andersonville returns Tuesday with holiday caroling.

The St. Lucia Festival of Lights starts 4:45 p.m. Tuesday in Andersonville. The procession will kick off outside the Swedish American Museum, 5211 N. Clark St., before parading along Clark Street.

The parade is led by children wearing white robes and carrying candles while singing traditional Swedish Christmas songs.

The procession will end at Clark Street and Catalpa Avenue around 5 p.m., when the children’s choir will perform in front of Andersonville’s Christmas tree.

At 7 p.m., the choir will perform at Ebenezer Lutheran Church, 1650 W. Foster Ave. The performance will include the singing of holiday songs, readings and a final St. Lucia procession, according to the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce.

New to this year’s St. Lucia festival will be a “crowning” event held at Nordic House, inside the Wrigley Building at 400 N. Michigan Ave. The crowning event is part of the St. Lucia tradition where a girl is selected to lead the procession.

Nordic House is a pop-up retail shop and events space that was opened this year by the Andersonville-based Swedish American Museum in conjunction with the consulates of Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland and Iceland.

The Lucia festival is a Swedish tradition honoring St. Lucia, who was known for feeding the the poor and people experiencing homelessness. The procession and caroling is meant to bring light to one of the darkest times in the Swedish calendar.

For more on the event, click here.

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