Christmas at the Museum

Dala horse craft

Saturday, Nov. 23, 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Looking for a gift for someone who has everything or just always wanted to create your own Dala horse? Here is your chance. This is an event for the whole family. You can choose to paint a real unfinished 15 cm Dala horse or a flat children’s version. The original one is $25 and the children’s version is $15. To register please click here.

Got Glögg?

Friday, Nov. 22, 7 p.m.
Glögg, mulled wine, is a vital part of the Christmas season for Swedes. Join us for a fun competition to see who really has the best glögg in Chicago! Those wanting to compete click here to reserve their space and receive the rules for competing. Tasters can purchase tickets here.


Candle Making and Christmas Crafts

Tuesday, Dec. 3, 5 p.m.
Come and make your own hand-dipped candle, it’s a fun part of making Christmas crafts at the Museum. While the candles are drying we make other Swedish decorations. Hopefully we will have time for a special treat as well. Come prepared with a pair of scissors. Coffee and sandwiches are served. Tickets can be bought here.

Late Night Andersonville

Friday, Dec. 6, 4 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 20, 4 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Are you procrastinator when it comes to holiday shopping? Are you at your most productive when the stress of quickly approaching holiday is giving you a little extra motivation? Then join us for Late Night Andersonville when our store stays open late and have special sale offers.


Julmarknad 2018

Saturday, Dec. 7, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 8, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Julmarknad is the Museum’s annual Christmas Bazaar, where traditional Scandinavian and modern handicrafts will be available for purchase. Visit the Children’s Museum for crafts, games and a special visit from Santa. It’s entertainment for the whole family and includes kaffestuga, Lucia processions and folk dancers! Suggested donation is $2 for admission.

St. Lucia and the Lucia Procession

Friday, Dec. 13, 2018
Chicago Cultural Center, Noon
Museum, 4:30 p.m.
Ebenezer Church,
 7 p.m.

Celebrate St. Lucia Day with Lucia candidates representing Swedish-American organizations throughout the Chicago area. The day starts at Chicago Cultural Center where one of the girls will be crowned the Swedish-American Lucia of 2019. Andersonville’s Lucia celebration includes a procession starting at 4:30 p.m. from the Museum and walks over to Chicago Waldorf School for a program at 5 p.m. At 7 p.m., the celebration continues at Ebenezer Lutheran Church, 1650 W. Foster Ave., Chicago, with holiday songs, readings and a final Lucia procession.

For children aged 5 and up who want to participate in the Lucia processions in Andersonville please click here to sign up.
For youth aged 12 to 24 who want to participate in all three processions please click here to sign up.
Practice will be held on Nov. 3, 10, 17. Dress rehearsal will be Dec. 8.

Breakfast with Tomten (Santa)

Saturday, Dec. 14, 9 a.m. – Sold out – For wait list email
Sunday, Dec. 15, 9 a.m. – Register here


One of our most popular family event of the year! Join us on either Saturday or Sunday for a Swedish pancake breakfast with traditional crafts, a special visit from Tomten, and more.

The event will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude at approximately 11 a.m. It is recommended that you arrive as close to 9 a.m. as possible in order to ensure that your party will be seated together. Please note that this event follows a schedule and is not a drop-in breakfast. The morning begins with crafts for family enjoyment with breakfast being served at approximately 9:30 a.m. Other activities, including visits with Tomten, will follow breakfast. Late arrivals are not guaranteed breakfast and parties may be seated separately.


Saturday, Dec. 21, 4 p.m
Swedish Christmas Service at Ebenezer Lutheran Church (1650 W. Foster Ave.).
Join us for a traditional Swedish Christmas church service led (in Swedish) by a priest from the Swedish Church in New York.


Saturday, Dec. 21, 5 p.m.
A festive and traditional Swedish Christmas Smörgåsbord will be catered by Tre Kronor. Tomten (Santa) will be on hand to give julklappar (presents) to all the children. There will be a Lucia procession and everyone is welcome to dance around the Christmas tree. Tickets can be bought here.


The Swedish American Museum wishes you all a