LINDSBORG — The December calendar is full of holiday-themed events happening in Lindsborg. Here is a list of the different times and places you can celebrate the Christmas season:
Artists' Studio Open House
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at various locations.
The Artists' Studio Open House event is an opportunity to see artists in their working studios and visit local art galleries and museums.
Art in a variety of mediums will be available to purchase for yourself or anyone on your Christmas list. Holiday treats will be served at many of the studios and galleries, and musicians will entertain as you browse and enjoy the artwork.
The Christmas Artists’ Studio Open House brochure may be picked up at the Red Barn Studio, 212 S. Main, and at participating studios. The brochure lists participating artists and provides a photo and a brief description of their work, along with a map indicating their location. A sign will be placed at each studio for easy identification.
The event is sponsored by Raymer Society for the Arts, Lindsborg Arts Council and participating artists.
11 a.m. in downtown Lindsborg
The Snowflake Parade will be led by Frosty the Snowman and followed by Lindsborg’s police and fire departments.
You can be part of the parade — just dress up as an angel, Santa Claus, snowball, elf, bell, snowflake, fairy, and so on.
A hay rack will be available for others to ride and they are encouraged to wear Christmas hats and bring bells.
Businesses will be offering treats and Christmas goodies.
At 11:45 a.m., children can visit Father Christmas at Fuqua Insurance, 130 N. Main.
A pulled pork lunch will be offered at Trinity United Methodist Church, 224 S. Main
Children can make and take home free ornaments from Rendezvous Adventure Outfitters at 113 N. Main, Nex-Tech at 126 N. Main, Trollslända at 112 N. Main and Connected at 131 N. Main.
Now through Jan. 31, 2018
“The Christmas Toys” exhibit
Red Barn Studio, 212 S. Main St.
Beginning in 1960, artist Lester Raymer would fashion unique Christmas toys to delight his wife, Ramona, each year. He made 53 toys over 30 years. “The Christmas Toys” exhibit features an enchanting collection of these handcrafted toys.
4 p.m. at Bethany College
A free concert featuring music ensembles from Bethany College and the Smoky Valley Middle School Sixth Grade Select Choir. This year's theme is "From Heaven Above: Celebrating Christmas Through the Works of Martin Luther." A free will offering will be taken.
Freeze Your Brass Off
4:30 p.m. at Swensson Park Bandshell
Heartland Brass and Wheatland Brass will play holiday music while listeners cozy up to fire pits and enjoy hot chocolate.
5 to 8:30 p.m. at the Old Mill Museum, 120 Mill St.
The museum will be filled with the sights and sounds of an early prairie Christmas. Seasonal music will be performed throughout the evening by Thad Beach, Smoky Valley Men’s Choir, Prairie Wind Harps, Silver Tones Flute Choir, McPherson’s Men in Harmony and Mennonite Friends Chorus.
Children can make old-fashioned crafts and decorate sugar cookies.
Santa will stroll the museum grounds, listening to wishes and handing out treats.
In the stable, a shepherd will tell the age-old Christmas story and the Smoky Valley High School Drama Team will perform "Christmas on the Prairie."
Guides will lead tours in the flour mill all evening. Refreshments and shopping will be offered in the museum's gift shop.
For more information, call 785-227-3595 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. Lucia Day
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at various locations
A favorite Swedish holiday tradition observed in Lindsborg is the St. Lucia Festival, celebrating the figure who is the emblem of light on a long winter day.
The day begins at 10 a.m. with live holiday music downtown. A processional of girls in white carrying candles and stjärngosse (star boys) lead the crowd to the Bethany Lutheran Church where the annual St. Lucia is crowned and then goes among the crowd serving ginger cookies and coffee. This year’s St. Lucia is Morgan Van Der Wege.
From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., children can make Star Boy and St. Lucia crafts and listen to story time at the Lindsborg Community Library.
A bake sale benefiting the Lindsborg Swedish Folk Dancers will be held beginning at 10 a.m. at Turner Photography, which will host musical guests including the Dala Camerata Trio, SVHS Woodwind Choir, SVHS Brass Choir and the SVHS Chamber Orchestra until 12:30 p.m.
At 10:15 a.m., Lindsborg Swedish Folk Dancers will perform with the Soderstrom fourth graders, St. Lucia and Star Boy. At 10:45 a.m., the performers will lead a procession to Bethany Lutheran Church. At 11:30 a.m., the Soderstrom fourth graders will present a St. Lucia program at Bethany Lutheran Church.
A Swedish folk dancer performance will be held at 1:45 p.m. in front of Bethany Lutheran Church, followed by brass in the bell tower at 2:30 p.m. and a final Lindsborg Swedish Folk Dancer St. Lucia program at 3 p.m. All events are free.
Bethany College's Chamber Music Annual Christmas Concert
2 p.m. at Birger Sandzen Memorial Gallery, 401 N. First St.
Take in the sight of paintings and the sounds of instruments at this free concert.
Cookies with Mrs. Claus
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at First Bank Kansas
Mrs. Claus will have cookies to decorate as compliments of First Bank Kansas and American Family Insurance. Hot cocoa and coffee from Blacksmith Roastery will also be available.
6 a.m. at Bethany Lutheran Church, 320 N. Main St., and Evangelical Covenant Church, 102 S. Washington
A traditional Swedish custom, Julotta is an early Christmas morning church service. At 5:30 a.m., a brass quartet begins the call to service from the steeple of the Bethany Lutheran Church. The Evangelical Covenant Church of Lindsborg also celebrates this early morning service. At both churches, Julotta begins at 6 a.m.
For more information, contact Bethany Lutheran Church at 785-227-2167 or Evangelical Covenant Church at 785-227-2447.
10 a.m. at Bethany Lutheran Church, 320 N. Main St.
Literally meaning "another day of Christmas,” Annandag Jul is an official part of the Christmas holiday in Sweden. Annandag Jul marks the middle days between the beginning of the Christmas season and New Year’s Day. A celebration will be presented in English and Swedish.
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