Christmas at the Museum

Got Glögg?

Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, 7 p.m.
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. We have all the competitors we need for this year. Tasters and judges can purchase tickets on the Museum’s calendar.



Julmarknad Preview Sale

Friday, Nov. 30, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
You will 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.

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.


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. Reservations are required and can be made here.

Candle Making and Christmas Crafts

Sunday, Dec. 9, 4 p.m.
If you have never been or if you have joined us many years before, consider making the Museum’s craft and candle making part of your Christmas tradition. We are changing it up this year with brand new, but still very Swedish, crafts. We will still make our own dipped candles, a Christmas tradition that lights up during this dark time of the year. Coffee and sandwiches are served. This event is from 12 years old and up. Reservations are required and can be made here.

St. Lucia and the Lucia Procession

Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018
Chicago Cultural Center
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.

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, 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.





The Swedish American Museum wishes you all a