With November drawing to a close, I can’t help but dream about all of the cozy Christmasy, wintery events that will take place in December! They are some of my favorite times in Lund 🙂
What: Grantändning (Christmas Tree Lighting)
When: Friday, Nov. 30 (TODAY!!) at 16.00
The big Christmas tree in Stortorget will be officially lit today, and scores of Lund residents will crowd to witness this annual tradition! The whole town has been decked out in lights and trees, but the celebration really kicks off the Christmasy season.
What: Julmarknader (Christmas markets)
When: throughout December
Christmas markets start to pop up throughout cities and on the countryside all around! They are a great way to begin celebrating the season, find Christmas presents, and enjoy some holiday “glögg” (mulled wine).
What: Första Advent (First Advent Sunday)
When: Sunday, Dec. 2
A Swedish Christmastime tradition is celebrating Advent by lighting a candle each of the four Sundays of December. You will see many candles and candelabras throughout the city and in windows, lighting up the winter darkness.
What: Luciadagen (St. Lucia Day)
When: Thursday, Dec. 13
One of the most festive and traditional Swedish December traditions, ‘Lucia’ features a “Luciatåg” (Lucia train) procession, dressed in long white robes, as gingerbread people and as “star boys”, and led by the “Lucia”, clad in a long white robe, red belt, and most importantly, a wreath of candles in her hair. They wake up the neighbors in the dark morning with songs and “lussekatter”, traditional buns. The day is marked with choir concerts, which there are plenty of around Lund! <– highly recommend!
What: Julafton (Christmas Eve)
When: Monday, Dec 24
Christmas is celebrated in Sweden on Christmas Eve, where everyone gathers with friends and family and has a traditional “julbord”, Christmas feast, consisting of classic Swedish Christmas dishes, such as “köttbullar” (meatballs), “julskinka” (Christmas ham), and “sill” (pickled herring). Julbords are common throughout December and are offered at many restaurants.