Saturday, Dec 10, 2022
German-American Hall (next door to Viking Hall)
230 Plymouth St, Santa Cruz, CA
4 pm – Lucia Procession and Zaida Singers
Admission: Adult $5, Child (5 yr – 12 yr) $3, Family $15 – only cash or checks accepted
Refreshments and dancing at Viking Hall after the program
Bring cookies to the Viking Hall kitchen before the program
The Jul season will be ushered in by our 2022 Lucia, followed by her attendants wearing silver tinsel crowns and star boys with tall pointed hats. The youth will sing Swedish songs, and the well loved Swedish chorus, the Zaida Singers, will perform Scandinavian music in four-part harmony. After the program, you are invited to walk next door to Viking Hall for coffee, punch, cookies and dancing around the Christmas tree.
How Youth Can Participate
If you know a young person who would like to participate in the Lucia procession, please email Jennie at Espeland2@yahoo.com before Nov 6.
Click here for the rehearsal schedule: Rehearsals.
DON’T MISS THE CHRISTMAS BUTIK on Saturday, Dec 3, 2022, the week before Lucia, from 10 am to 2 pm at Viking Hall, 240 Plymouth St, Santa Cruz – only cash or checks accepted.
Click here for more information: Christmas Butik
History of Lucia Day
Lucia Celebration from Västergötland by Fritz von Dardel circa 1850
Traditionally, before daybreak Lucia, dressed in a white gown with a red sash, wearing a crown of blazing candles in her hair, emerged out of the darkness carrying a tray of saffron buns and steaming coffee to awaken the family. According to one legend, this tradition started when Lucia, born in Sicily, secretly distributed her large dowry by candlelight to the poor.
Dec 13th on the Julian calendar was the winter solstice celebrated by the Norse. Now this date has become the traditional Lucia Day and is celebrated all over Scandinavia in homes, schools, hospitals, and city halls marking the darkest time of the year – a time to celebrate the beginning of the Jul season and the return of the sun – a festival of light!