Christmas at the Museum 2021

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Friday, Nov. 19, 7 p.m.

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Late Night Andersonville

Friday, Dec. 3, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 17, 4 p.m. – 8 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. Some of the Julmarknad vendors will be set up on Friday, Dec. 3.


Saturday, Dec. 4, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 5, 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. It is fun for the whole family with crafts and performances. In addition this year there will be an Andersonville Winter Market on Catalpa Avenue where you can visit some of our vendors.

Vendors (inside and outside):
Carolyn Aronson -Jewelry, stone trolls & ornaments
Dala Ceramics
-Pottery based on traditional Dala animals & other Swedish designs
First Slice Pie Cafe -Glögg cake and baked goods
FunFlector -Reflector & small items (outside)
Henry Carlson -Swedish antiques
Lauralee Carlson-Reese -Cross-stitch and painted ornaments
Mardi Party Party Hat Company -Hats
Nancy Wenstrand -Dala horse earrings made of thread
Premium Designs -Nordic inspired gifts (outside)
Swedish American Museum
 -Swedish food & candy
Swedish Passport -Garments and textiles, Scandinavian sweaters, hats & mittens.

11 a.m. – Chicago Swedish Mixed Chorus
Noon & 2 p.m. – Merula Choir (Lucia)
Noon – Svenska Skolan (Lucia)
1:30 p.m. – Nordic Folkdancers

Candle Making and Christmas Crafts

Wednesday, Dec. 8, 6 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.

This event is for adults and children 12 and over. Proof of Covid vaccination or a negative Covid test within 72 hours is required for all in person events. Reservations can be made here.


Breakfast with Tomten (Santa)

Saturday, Dec. 11, 9 a.m. Get your tickets here.
Sunday, Dec. 12, 9 a.m.
Get your tickets 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.

St. Lucia and the Lucia Procession

Monday, Dec. 13, 2021
5 p.m. Andersonville Procession 
5:30 p.m. Andersonville Winter Market
7 p.m. Ebenezer Church – sold out

Celebrate St. Lucia Day with Lucia candidates representing Swedish-American organizations throughout the Chicago area. Andersonville’s St. Lucia celebrations include a procession starting at 5 p.m. at the Museum and walks north to the Christmas tree at the Andersonville Winter Market on Catalpa Avenue where they will stop for a full performance. At 7 p.m., the celebration continues at Ebenezer Lutheran Church, 1650 W. Foster Ave., with holiday songs, readings and a final St. Lucia procession. Note that you will need tickets for the performance at the Church.


Sunday, Dec. 19, 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