Spectacular sight: Large Lucia procession to take place by the harbor

by Nathalia Hentze Nielsen
Photo from a similar procession.
Photo from a similar procession.

A new Christmas tradition saw the light a couple of years ago and quickly became a crowd favorite in Aalborg.

But like everything else, Corona put a spanner in the works last year and the event was cancelled.

Luckily, the cozy tradition is making a comeback this year, and it takes place on the Limfjord.

Yes, you read that correctly: on the Limfjord.

For the sixth time, OnAdventure is ready to lead a different kind of Lucia procession in Aalborg. Instead of the traditional walk, kayaks will be decorated with lights, elves, Christmas trees, and sparkles. They’ll make for a spectacular sight as they glide through the water.

It’ll take place today, December 13, and you’ll be able to spot the procession anywhere along the harbor.

Here’s where you can experience the procession

It’s OnAdventure that’s coordinating the special Lucia procession and on their website they write:

“Our Plan A for the route is to sail around the harbor.

It’ll be around 6 kilometers, and we’ll pass the Harbourfront in Aalborg where we’ll sing Santa Lucia, move on to Østre Havn and back – either along the harbor in Aalborg or crossing the fjord and rowing home along the Nørresundby side.”

The procession starts at Skudehavnen at 17:00 and will continue until 19:00 tonight. So if you go by the central Harbourfront (by Restaurant Fusion and the Utzon Center) you should be able to watch the kayaks between 17:30 and 18:00.

Safety above all

The trip is made by kayakers, and it’s free to participate.

If you participate, you have to have the skills and equipment to maneuver the kayak in cold water at night.

The program

16:00-16:40 The kayaks are readied and warm soup is served

16:40-16:50 Security briefing for everyone participating

17:00-19:00 The procession takes place

19:00-20:00 Pack up, turn on the grill and wish everyone a merry Christmas! 

What: Lucia in kayaks
Hvor: From Skudehavnen, along Havnefronten to Østre Havn and back
When: December 13, 2021

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