70th Annual Festival of St. Lucia is Dec. 9

Posted on November 30th, 2010 by

From left, Katie Batz, Claire Curran, Dawn Comstock, Elaine Mikel, and Ellen Liebe (Photo by Steve Waldhauser '70)

Gustavus Adolphus College will celebrate its 70th annual Festival of St. Lucia at 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 9 in Christ Chapel. As part of this seasonal tradition, five sophomore women have been chosen to serve on the Lucia court.

This year’s court consists of Katie Batz of Bloomington, Minn.; Dawn Comstock of Roseau, Minn.; Claire Curran of Lake Forest, Ill.; Ellen Liebe of Grand Rapids, Minn.; and Elaine Mikel of Hastings, Minn. The women are chosen based on academic achievement, spiritual leadership, charity, kindness, and service to the College and others.

The Festival of St. Lucia begins the Christmas season in Swedish custom and is traditionally held on December 13. On this day in Sweden, the eldest daughter plays the role of St. Lucia by preparing and serving baked goods and coffee to her family at sunrise. Wearing a crown of lighted candles, Lucia represents the return of light that will end the long winter nights and serves as a symbol of hope and peace for the Christmas season.

At Gustavus, the St. Lucia Court traditionally sings carols through the College’s residence halls during the early morning on the day of the crowning. Lucia is chosen through a campus community vote, which will take place on Thursday, Dec. 2 and Friday, Dec. 3.

A traditional Scandinavian smorgasbord luncheon will take place in Alumni Hall at 11 a.m. following the crowning of this year’s St. Lucia. Children’s author Ewa Rydaker will serve as a guest speaker at this year’s luncheon. The ceremony is open to the public, however luncheon tickets are sold out. For more information contact the Office of Marketing and Communication at 507-933-7520.


Media Contact: Director of Media Relations and Internal Communication JJ Akin



  1. Kathleen Ferrin says:

    Congratulations to all of the ladies, but especially Claire Curran! It is so good to see you and to learn you are singing up a storm! I am so happy for you.

  2. Chris Duhaime says:

    Nice work ladies! I look forward to the ceremony! 🙂