AXTELL — The 40th annual Santa Lucia Festival will be 9:30-11 a.m. Dec. 8 at Bethany Lutheran Church, located 2 miles east and 1½ miles south of Axtell.

Refreshments will be served by an actress portraying Santa Lucia, and there will be entertainment throughout the morning. The festival is free and open to the public.

The Feast of Saint Lucy is celebrated in Sweden every year on Dec. 13. It honors a Sicilian woman who was martyred in 305 for refusing to renounce her Christian beliefs.