Christmas at the Museum

Got Glögg?

Glögg, mulled wine, is a vital part of the Christmas season for Swedes. Join us for this competition to see who really has the best glögg in Chicago. Those wanting to compete should contact the Museum or go on our website to reserve their space and receive the rules for competing. Tasters and judges can purchase tickets on the Museum’s website.

Candle Making and Christmas Crafts

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.


Late Night Andersonville &

Julmarknad Preview Sale


It’s Late Night Andersonville where shoppers can enjoy later store hours throughout the neighborhood! The Museum will be open until 8 p.m. today. The Museum Store will have 20% off ornaments during these hour only! This in addition to the December offer (spend $50 and you will receive 20% off one item in January or February). You will also have the chance to attend a preview sale from select Julmarknad vendors.


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.

Breakfast with Tomten (Santa)

Saturday, Dec. 8, 9 a.m.
Sunday, Dec. 9, 9 a.m.


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.


St. Lucia and the Lucia Procession

Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018
Celebrate St. Lucia Day with Lucia candidates representing Swedish-American organizations throughout the Chicago area. One of the girls will be crowned the Swedish-American Lucia of 2017.

Museum and Ebenezer Church
4:45 p.m. and 7 p.m.
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.

We are seeking St. Lucia candidates. If you are interested in participating, please fill out the application form on the Lucia event page.

Late Night Andersonville

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! Each night will come with a different store sale!



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.





The Swedish American Museum wishes you all a