Festival of St. Lucia Celebrates 75th Anniversary Dec. 10

Posted on November 30th, 2015 by


The 2015 St. Lucia Court

Gustavus Adolphus College will celebrate its 75th annual Festival of St. Lucia at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 10 in Christ Chapel. As part of this seasonal tradition, six sophomore women have been chosen to serve on the Lucia Court.

This year’s court consists of Avery Bather from Golden Valley, Minn., Gisel Murillo from Cancun, Mexico, Leah Moat from Chanhassen, Minn., Jessica Green from Farmington, Minn., Lindsey Kline from Pine City, Minn., and Solveig Svendsen from Bloomington, Minn. The women are chosen based on courageous leadership, strength of character, service to others, and compassion.

The Festival of St. Lucia is one of many Swedish traditions during the Christmas season and is traditionally held on December 13. On this day in Sweden, the eldest daughter plays the role of St. Lucia by rising early in the morning to prepare and serve baked goods and coffee to her family. 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.

The College's Festival of St. Lucia is now in its 75th year.

The College’s Festival of St. Lucia is now in its 75th year.

At Gustavus, the St. Lucia Court traditionally sings carols in the College’s residence halls during the early morning hours on the day of the crowning. Lucia is chosen through a campus community vote, which will take place online the week of Nov. 30-Dec. 4. The crowning of St. Lucia will take place at the 10 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 10 in Christ Chapel. The ceremony will be live streamed on the Gustavus website.

A traditional Scandinavian smorgasbord luncheon will take place in Alumni Hall at 11 a.m. following the Festival of St. Lucia in Christ Chapel. The festival service is open to the public and a limited number of luncheon tickets are available for purchase through gustavustickets.com at $25 apiece. For more information about the Festival of St. Lucia, contact the Office of Marketing and Communication at 507-933-7520.


Media Contact: Director of Media Relations and Internal Communication Luc Hatlestad


One Comment

  1. Mark Sallmen says:

    In Sweden it has now been declared to be sexist to have just female candidates for Lucia. Will GAC follow?