Lucia at Skansen

Lucia celebrations are a highlight of the winter, and a long-standing tradition. The first Lucia procession at Skansen was held back in 1893.

  • The story of Lucia began in Sicily around the year 283. Since then, old pagan traditions have been combined with Swedish customs, giving rise to new traditions.

    Skansen has played a key role in spreading the Lucia tradition. The first picture of a Lucia here at Skansen dates from 1896, and shows Kerstin Olsdotter from Mora. She wears a white blouse, a white skirt and a red belt around her waist. The top of her head is covered by a lingonberry sprig crown of candles.

  • lucia och stjärngossar

    Photos: Nordiska museet