Celebrating St. Lucy’s Feast Day With Kids- The Ultimate Resource List!

There are many traditional ways to celebrate St. Lucy’s (Santa Lucia’s) feast day, many of them originating from Scandinavia. I love how much culture it opens us up to when we celebrate these awesome Catholic feast days! You’ll find everything you need to celebrate this feast day right here from this one post. 🙂

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Sweet Bread For St. Lucy’s Feast Day

Saffron buns, also known as “Lussekatter,” are Swedish yeast buns that are traditionally made and eaten on St. Lucia’s feast dayI have made the traditional saffron buns and you can get my recipe (and feedback on whether or not saffron is worth it) here.

how to make saffron buns for santa lucia day

Recipe and picture tutorial here

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If you’re looking for an easy way to make “St. Lucy Bread” you can use canned cinnamon rolls. Unroll each cinnamon roll from a can and shape each one into a backwards “S” shape. (You can be extra fancy by getting the orange flavored cinnamon rolls- they’ll be colored a little more like real Saffron buns, and offer something a little different for this feast day.)

cinnamon roll saffron buns for st. lucy's feast day

Or you can even take the cinnamon rolls from a can and braid them into a St. Lucy crown.

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Add birthday candles for full effect. You can see my whole post about how to do this here.

st. lucy bread during advent

We’ve served all different kinds of sweet bread on St. Lucia’s feast day, directly related to my available time and energy level for that year. You can also serve store-bought doughnut “crowns” with candles. My kids loved these!

st lucy day doughnut

Dressing Up For St. Lucy’s Day

On St. Lucia’s feast day in Sweden, the girls wear white dresses with red sashes, and wreaths with candles atop their heads. The white and red symbolize the martyrdom of St. Lucy. It is said that when bringing supplies to the Christians hiding in the catacombs, she put a wreath of candles on her head so that both of her hands would be free to carry the supplies.

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Our “supplies” differ somewhat from hers. 😉

st lucy feast day sweet bread

In the picture, Lydia is wearing one of our tulle advent wreaths on her head. You can find directions to make your own here. It would be easy to make the pipe cleaner base bigger to accommodate an actual crown size.

st lucy feast day wreath for head

You can craft a simple head wreath with paper, staples, and faux leaves. We used tissue paper for the candle flames. This was very simple to put together.

how to make a paper st. lucy crown

Boys can wear “star hats” (a cone shaped hat with a star on the top). I would recommend making these with white poster board and gold glitter glue. (See star boy ornament below for ideas)

Crafts For St. Lucy’s Day

You know us- we always like to celebrate with a craft! I find myself more and more partial to things that go together easily, like printable crafts, and I just so happen to have several of those for Santa Lucia day. 😉

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First, be sure to check out my Advent Saints pack. It includes this printable St. Lucy and Star Boy ornament. These are super cut and fun to put together! These can be printed in black in white, or in color.

saint lucy and star boy craft

If you’re looking for something that is a little easier (for younger kids) you’ll want to check out my Alphabet Saints pack. This St. Lucy comes in that pack, and she’s very easy to put together, even for the youngest crafter. These are also available in black and white or color. (Both Saint packs also include St. Nicholas)

saint lucy lucia craft- printable

Free St. Lucy Coloring Pages (the easiest “craft” in the world) 😉


St. Lucy Toys

We are also peg doll obsessed (and the kids love them and play with them pretty much every day) and we have a St. Lucy peg doll from the exchange we did. Adding the Saints as you celebrate feast days is an excellent way to build (or start) your collection! 🙂 I would love to also have a star boy, but not sure what I would do about the hat…

st. lucy lucia catholic saint peg doll

A Song For St. Lucy’s Feast Day

What do Americans want to do when they stick candles in a dessert? Well, sing a song and then blow them out, of course! So it’s really handy for us that St. Lucy has a beautiful song to sing. 🙂

st. lucy sweet bread crown with candles

There is a famous St. Lucy song called “Santa Lucia” that is not in English, but has been translated. I love this beautiful song!

The English translations seem to vary, but you can print some English lyrics to the Santa Lucia song in English here.

A Simple St. Lucy Song For The Littles (tune of “Are You Sleeping”)

O Saint Lucy, O Saint Lucy

Dressed in white, dressed in white

Lighting up the darkness, lighting up the darkness

Shining bright, shining bright!

Here’s another St. Lucy song that goes to the tune of Must Be Santa.

Children’s Books For St. Lucy’s Day

st lucy picture books for catholic kids

Lucy Means “Light”

Lucy’s name means “light,” so you can make it a tradition to drive around and look at Christmas light displays on December 13, or this can be the day to put your Christmas lights or candles around your own house! Or just light some candles and sing a St. Lucy song. Adjust your celebration for your own energy level this year.

Have Fun!

Above all, make sure that the kids have a fun time celebrating this feast day, and learn a little something about this Saint in the process. Don’t let stress about things being perfect ruin your good time. How easy it is for us moms to loose site of the end goal! 😉

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  1. What a lovely collection of ideas for celebrating St. Lucy. Thanks for sharing our coloring page too!

  2. I always love your ideas! Feel free to share mine…Something fun we do…I get candy eyeballs from halloween discount candy and give them to the kids. We also get chicken from the local POPEYES restaurant…we have a sick sense of humor POP-EYES!!!

  3. So excited to learn about the Hannah’s Christmas video. I too have been coveting that book but it is too expensive. Watching the story makes me want it even more!

    I’m visiting my kid’s schools this Friday to share our Lucia tradition. Here is how I explain the story to preschoolers: http://www.etsy.com/shop/MindfulStitching/about

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