43rd Annual Lucia Fest Set for Friday, Dec. 7

Siri Lindell and Erin Gunn, 2018 Lucias

Northfield High School seniors Siri Lindell and Erin Gunn will lead the procession Friday, Dec. 7, at the 43rd annual Lucia Fest sponsored by the Northfield Swedish Club.

Area residents of Swedish descent, or those interested in Swedish customs, are invited to join the festivities beginning at 6 p.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church, 500 Third St. West in Northfield. The celebration includes a potluck supper, a Lucia processional and pageant, live fiddle music, the singing of Swedish carols, and folk dancing.

The 2018 Lucia attendants are Libby Brust, Claire Casson, Grace Casson, Tegan Chadwick, Lucy Graham,Brooke Green, Teagan Green,Penelope Johnson,Sylvia Koenig, Annika Korynta, Elsa Nystrom,Ava O’Neill,Charlotte Otterblad, Ruby Otterblad,Astrid Peterson White, Lenyn Pfau, Vilma Turunen, and Eva Wolfson.The star boys are Avery Chadwick, Jim Graham, and Karsten Korynta.

Dressed in white with red sashes at their waists and wearing a crown of candles on their heads, the Lucias will lead a procession of attendants and star boys, singing the traditional St. Lucia song. Afterward, the Lucias and their attendants will serve cookies to everyone. The event concludes with songs and dancing around the Christmas tree.

Everyone is invited to attend this family-friendly event. Bring your own tableware, two dishes to pass, and one dozen cookies. Beverages are provided. The event is free, but donations are encouraged to cover expenses.