December in Sweden is full of Christmas activities like Christmas markets, ice skating, eating all the different sweets (hello safranbullar) and also concerts. On the 13th of December is a holiday called Lucia, in honour of the saint of the same name who symbolizes the light taking over the darkness of winter. To celebrate this holiday, many concerts usually involving a choir singing traditional Swedish songs in a candle-lit atmosphere are happening in different venues around Stockholm.
In the past week, I’ve been to concerts by the KTH choir in the Adolf Fredrick Church, by the KTH Academic Orchestra and KTH choir and a Lucia procession in the KTH library. It’s a great way to relax during the final days of the 2019 school term and get into Swedish culture. The concerts are very beautiful and the candle-lit atmosphere is very cozy and warm, especially on cold days.
My favorite concert of this week was the one with the orchestra and the choir, which was not really Lucia-themed, but more of a collection of Christmas pieces, my favorite being the Nutcracker suite by Tchaikovsky. The Nutcracker is a Christmas classic so it really put me in the Christmas spirit to hear it! The concert was set in the Library, and the high ceiling and brick walls and lighting really made it a special event.
There are still many more events leading up to Christmas happening all around Stockholm, so stay tuned for more on this!