Culture comes alive during the many events hosted by the American Swedish Historical Museum throughout the year. Join us and discover the food, music and holidays of Sweden, experience our newest exhibitions or check out of educational programs for both children and adults.

Lucia Fest and Christmas Market

Lucia American Swedish Historical Museum

Light, warmth and Christmas songs have been hallmarks of the Lucia celebration at ASHM since 1939. Each year families pour through the magnificent bronze doors of the museum to be greeted by the aroma of freshly baked pastries, meatball dishes and strong Swedish coffee. Stroll through the Christmas Market, or Julmarknad, where Swedish delicacies, crafts, decorations, and imported gifts may be purchased, before the musical entertainment begins. The Swedish Christmas Café will be selling your favorite sweet and savory holiday foods and the SWEA bakery tables will be open all day.

At 1 pm and 3:15 pm, the lights will dim and the doors will close for the duration of a performance of Swedish Christmas songs and dances, which are sure to warm your heart in the cold of winter. Children from toddlers to teens dressed in costume entertain the crowds, culminating with the procession of Lucia, wearing her crown of candles, surrounded by her white gowned attendants and star boys.

Admission is $12 for non-members, $8 for members, children 4-12 $5, and children under 4 are free. Reservations are not required, but tickets may be purchased in advance online.

New this year, get your chance to win a charming, handmade needlepoint tapestry (see photos at left), featuring woodland creatures amidst a lovely nature scene. Purchase as many raffle tickets as you desire, tickets are $5 each. Winner will be drawn at the conclusion of Lucia Fest on December 7th, 2019.