The procession of Lucia (Saint Lucy) has turned into a celebration of light in the dark Scandinavian winter, and few places light the lamp on this Christian tradition like Stockholm’s huge open-air museum, Skansen.
Lucia means ‘the luminous’ in Latin and the feast day for the female martyr is held on December 13th. On this day you can expect colourful celebrations at Skansen, which is located on the island of Djurgården in central Stockholm.
The festivities don’t stop here though, because the weekend immediately after serves up an entire feast of Lucia celebrations at the museum’s stages and venues.
The main event takes place on December 16th, when a specially chosen ‘Lucia’ (usually a female) arrives at Skansen by horsedrawn carriage wearing a crown of candles, and then performs a concert at the iconic Solliden stage.
A couple of other traditional-style Lucia celebrations will take place at the museum over the weekend. You can catch a 1920s celebration at the Temperance hall, a 1940s version in the museum’s converted beer hall – or a more traditional take inside the 18th-century wooden Seglora church.
This is a golden opportunity for a winter weekend that mixes candlelight and cultural history.