Video: Experience a Traditional Swedish Holiday Celebration Held Every Year in Chicago

By Keegan Morris |

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Candles flicker as young girls and boys parade up and down a stretch of Clark Street. In their procession, the children, clothed in white and wearing traditional Swedish hats, sing "The Lucia Song." After the procession, the children perform traditional Swedish songs at the Swedish American Museum.

Every December 13 marks the St. Lucia Festival of Lights. The festival honors St. Lucia and signals the beginning of the Christmas season in Scandinavian communities. Chicago's Andersonville neighborhood, which is home to the Swedish American Museum, has held celebrations for St. Lucia for decades.

Enjoy this video snapshot of the festivities!