A musical celebration of Swedish Lucia

For people unable to attend a Lucia concert this year, contributor Fern Scott Olsson offers some video footage from one of the biggest Lucia concerts in the world.

A musical celebration of Swedish Lucia

Going to a Lucia concert is a popular mid-December activity in Sweden, and the Lucia concerts held at the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm seem to be a favourite for many.

The concerts, consisting of traditional Lucia and Christmas songs, are considered to be the largest Lucia concert in the world, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.

The choir is comprised of approximately 1,200 children and young people from Adolf Fredrik’s Music Classes and Kungsholm’s Music Gymnasiet, and is accompanied by the Stockholm Philharmonic Wind Orchestra.

This year more then 9,000 people attended each of the concerts, held the weekend prior to Lucia Day, December 13th.

But not all tickets were sold to proud family members and friends of the choir.

“I try to attend the concert each year,” said attendee Ann-Christin Nilsson.

“It is always a treat at this time of the year”.

Choir leader Kris Grayborn, has travelled from Östersund in northern Sweden for the third year in a row to listen to the concert.

“I appreciate good music and this concert is the best we can hear of young people in Sweden today. It is of the highest calibre and with so many voices, it is just fantastic,” she said.

Member comments

Log in here to leave a comment.
Become a Member to leave a comment.


VIDEO: How Sweden celebrated Lucia in a pandemic

The annual Lucia processions, one of the high points of the Christmas season in Sweden, were cancelled this year. But that didn't stop Swedes finding ways to celebrate.

VIDEO: How Sweden celebrated Lucia in a pandemic
If you missed out on the usual celebrations, catch up with these digital versions. File photo: Henrik Montgomery/TT

This year, December 13th, the festival of Saint Lucy or Sankta Lucia, fell on a Sunday. Normally the day is marked with choral concerts and processions of singers in churches, city centres, schools and offices, accompanied with mulled wine or coffee and saffron buns.

Here's how the celebrations were adapted.

Uppsala Cathedral, Sweden's biggest, put on a digital concert, where the singers were carefully socially distanced, as did Lund Cathedral. 


Sweden's official website, which is run by the Swedish Institute, the tourism agency Visit Sweden, and the Swedish government live-streamed a performance put on by students at Adolf Frederik's Musikklasser, a renowned Stockholm music school. 

Swedish state news channel SVT broadcast from Jukkasjärvi in Lapland, with a concert interspersed with pre-recorded segments. 

Students at schools across Sweden gave socially distanced Lucia concerts on Friday. Here are the two sets of classes from Adolf Frederik's Musikklasser.

Individual families also found their own socially-distanced ways of celebrating. Here's Sweden's Prince Carl Philip, Princess Sofia, and their children Prince Alexander and Prince Gabriel celebrating the third advent weekend without their extended family. 

Photo: Swedish Royal Court