Gustavus will celebrate the annual Saint Lucia festival

This year’s Lucia court includes Tania Monse Perez Barrios, Lluvia Infante, Kathryn Lillemon, Claire Lind, Abigail Neptun and Claire Schoenfield.

By Juliette White ’23

Gustavus Adolphus College will celebrate its 81st annual Saint Lucia Festival at 10 a.m. on Thursday, December 9 in the Chapel of Christ. As part of this seasonal tradition, six second-year women were chosen to serve on Court Lucia.

This year’s tribunal includes Tania Monse Perez Barrios, Lluvia Infante, Kathryn Lillemon, Claire Lind, Abigail Neptun and Claire Schoenfield. These women are chosen based on their courageous leadership, strength of character, service to others and compassion.

The Saint Lucia Festival is one of many Swedish traditions during the Christmas season and is usually held on December 13. On this day in Sweden, traditionally, the eldest daughter plays the role of Saint Lucia by getting up early in the morning to prepare and serve pastries and coffee to her family. Wearing a wreath of lit 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.

In Gustavus, the Cour Sainte-Lucie sings carols in the College residence halls in the wee hours of the morning on the day of the festival. Lucia is chosen through a campus community nomination and voting process. The Saint Lucia Festival will take place at 10 a.m. on Thursday, December 9 in the Chapel of Christ. The ceremony will be broadcast live on Saint Lucia website. The day includes lunch in the Alumni Hall sponsored by Friends of the Library – Gustavus Library Associates, beginning at 11 a.m. The luncheon features Laurie Jacobi, author of Wool storyteller, combining Norse legend, nature, beauty and craftsmanship to create wearable textiles and artwork. Tickets can be purchased at gustavustickets.com.

For more information on the Saint Lucia Festival, contact the Office of Marketing and Communications at 507-933-7520 or visit Saint Lucia Festival website.

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