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Events

Museum Open House

Saturday, Dec. 10, 2022
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Swedish Immigrant Museum
819 Goldsmith St., Stratford, IA

St. Lucia Festivity of Light

Saturday, Dec. 10, 2022
2:00 p.m.
Stratford Lutheran Church
824 Teneyck Ave., Stratford, IA

The St. Lucia Festivity of Light is a greater Swede Bend community event that began in 2004. Join us as we bring light to the world and celebrate the start of the Christmas season.

Participate in the Program

We are looking for community members of all heritages, ages and talents to participate in this annual tradition. Sign up by December 1 by contacting Joni Stark Miller at (515) 351-7220. Program participants should be available on Dec. 10 from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.

  • Lucia Candidates - Teen girls aged 13 to 19. One candidate will be crowned as St. Lucia for 2022.
  • Lucia Maidens - Girls ages 5 to 13. St. Lucia calls on her Lucia Maidens to help her carry coffee and yummy Lucia saffron buns. Maidens will join the procession during the pageant. 
  • Jul Tomte (Christmas Gnomes) - Boys ages 5 to 12. 
  • Star Boys - Boys ages 5 to 12. Star Boys carry the purpose of giving. They seek ways to receive assistance for their own learning, and then pay it forward after their own experiences. They will receive minor assignments to help before, during, and after the pageant that day.
  • Talents - Any age! Share your vocal and/or, instrumental musical talents, poetry, storytelling, etc.