Christmas at the Museum

Julmarknad 2018

Saturday, Dec. 1, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 2,  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.

Saturday, Dec. 1
1 p.m. Swedish Mixed Chorus
2 p.m. Merula Choir (Lucia)
3 p.m. Paul Muhr & Linda Westergren-Muhr
Sunday, Dec. 2
11 a.m. Andersonville Strings
12 p.m. Svenska Skolan & Bullerbyn (Lucia)
1:30 p.m. Nordic Folkdancers
2:45 p.m. Chicago Spelmanslag

KW Penndorf Children’s books and kubb
Love STHLM inc. Lettering, calligraphy, Christmas ornaments and print/home goods
The Silver Press Swedish designs on coasters, mugs, baby items and ornaments
Sidonka Wadina Straw weaving
Johan Ragner & Sandy Syring Tina boxes, cutting boards, rolling pins, bottle stoppers, candle holders
Nancy Wenstrand Embroidery
Swedish Passport Garments and textiles, Scandinavian sweaters, hats, mittens
Dala Ceramics by Linley M. Erickson Pottery based on traditional Dala animals and other Swedish designs
Carolyn Aronson Jewelry, stone trolls, ornaments
Henry Carlson Swedish antiques
Lauralee Carlson-Reese Cross-stitch and painted ornaments
Elva Design Paper craft ornaments
First Slice Pie Cafe Glögg cake and baked goods
Swedish American Museum Swedish food
Café run by SWEA

more to come…

Late Night Andersonville

Friday, Dec. 7, 4 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 21, 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.


Breakfast with Tomten (Santa)

Saturday, Dec. 8, 9 a.m. (sold out, wait list only)
Sunday, Dec. 9, 9 a.m. (sold out, wait list only)


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 dancing around the Christmas tree.

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.

Candle Making and Christmas Crafts

This year we will not be making candles. If you are looking for Christmas crafts you can always try our new Dala Horse Decoration on Saturday, Dec. 15. More information below.

St. Lucia and the Lucia Procession

Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018
Chicago Cultural Center, Noon
Museum, 4:45 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 2018. Andersonville’s Lucia celebration includes a procession starting at 4:45 p.m. from the Museum and returns 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.

Dala horse craft

Saturday, Dec. 15, 11 a.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 13 cm Dala horse or a flat children’s version. The real one is $25 and the children’s version is $15. Reservations are required and can be made here.


Sunday, Dec. 16, 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.


Sunday, Dec. 16, 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. Reservations are required and can be made here.


Got Glögg?

Thank you for a great event! See you again in November 2019.





The Swedish American Museum wishes you all a