St. Lucia Festival
Since 1976, St. Mark’s Lutheran Church has hosted the annual St. Lucia Festival. The story of Lucia, the symbol of light amid the darkness of winter in Sweden, has many different versions. Legend says that Lucia brought food to people who were dying of hunger during a famine. Today, it is one of the high points of the Christmas season and candles are lit all over Sweden to bear light against the darkness.
All are welcome for this free and meaningful event that celebrates the best things of Christmas: community, light, family, children, and good food.
St. Mark’s celebrates its Swedish roots with this special gift to the community each December. The festival was first hosted in 1976. Families, friends, and neighbors are invited to enjoy our beautiful candlelit sanctuary, Lucia with her crown of lighted candles, our own Swedish singers and dancers, and Swedish treats. The festival makes a beautiful start to the Christmas season.