Holiday Events at the Hallstrom House

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The Indian River County Historical Society will celebrate a holiday Fika and St. Lucia, the Swedish festival of lights, the weekend of December 10th and 11th at the Hallstrom House.  This historic house, built in 1919 by Swedish immigrant Axel Hallstrom, will also be available for tours.

Fika is an important part of Swedish culture. It means making time for friends and colleagues to share a cup of coffee (or tea) and a little something to eat. The holiday Fika is scheduled for December 10th from 2:00 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. Due to limited seating, reservations are required. The cost is $20 per person and features traditional Swedish pastries and coffee. Call 772-778-3435 to reserve your place.

St. Lucia’s Day, is a festival of lights celebrated in Sweden, Norway and Swedish speaking areas of Finland in honor of St. Lucia.  One of the earliest Christian martyrs, St. Lucia was killed by the Romans in 304 CE because of her religious beliefs. The St. Lucia Swedish Christmas Celebration is December 11th from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. The St. Lucia procession begins at 3:00 p.m. followed by Swedish refreshments and tours of the historic home. Admission to the event is a food bank item.

The Hallstrom House and Farmstead, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is located at 1723 Old Dixie Highway SW in Vero Beach.  Parking for both events is on the grounds.

For thirty-nine years, the Indian River County Historical Society has contributed to preserving the historical and environmental resources of Indian River County, the Indian River Lagoon area, and the State of Florida.

For information about membership or to volunteer with the Historical Society, call 772-778-3435 or email

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