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Santa Lucia

Celebrate the Swedish tradition of Santa Lucia

Table covered with a blue tablecloth and plates with meatballs, veggieballs, salmon

Sweden celebrates the tradition of Santa Lucia every year on 13th December with a wonderful spread of delicious festive food – and here at IKEA, we’re no different.

Join us in store for a Christmas buffet and Santa Lucia candlelit procession and get into the spirit of the festivities.

Little girl wearing a white dress and a crown with candle lights, holding a plate with safran buns, cookies and tea cups

    The story of Santa Lucia

    The wonderful thing about Christmas is the traditions, and this particular one – known in English as St Lucy’s Day – is Sweden’s biggest festive celebration.

    It used to coincide with the longest night of the year, which is why it’s celebrated to this day with candlelit processions. Throw in some traditional songs, mulled wine and delicious saffron buns, and you have a fun, festive feast to keep you warm this December.

    [Video source: Swedish Institute]

    Saffron buns
    Table covered with cookie dough, heart-shaped biscuits and ginger bread
    Glass cup with smoking mulled wine