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A Carthage Christmas

Carthage Christmas Festival

Come to Us, Abide with Us

Dec. 3-5, 2021

Join us for the Carthage Christmas Festival Dec. 3-5.The Christmas Festival concert and dinner are sold out. Please join us from home with your family and friends through our live stream.

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Carthage College invites the community to celebrate the joy of the holiday season at the annual Carthage Christmas Festival on Friday, Dec. 3 through Sunday, Dec. 5.

The Carthage Christmas Festival holds a special place in the hearts of students, faculty, alumni, and community members alike. First conceived in 1874 as a holiday band concert, the festival evolved over a hundred years, with 1974 heralding the first concert in the form we know and love today. Nearly fifty years later, the festival is now one of the largest and most beloved events on campus, bringing together over 3,500 people throughout the festival weekend.

Featuring the majestic sounds of the Fritsch Memorial Organ, the annual Carthage Christmas Festival follows an age-old tradition of sharing the celebration of the birth of Christ through scripture readings and music. Each evening includes performances by students across many academic disciplines as members of the Carthage Choir, Carthage Treble Choir, Carthage Chorale, Lincoln Chamber Singers, Wind Orchestra, and Carthage Philharmonic.

This year’s theme, “Come to Us, Abide with Us” is inspired by the fourth verse of the Christmas carol “O Little Town of Bethlehem” — “We hear the Christmas angels the great glad tidings tell. O come to us, abide with us, our Lord Emmanuel.” The lyrics of this carol contain numerous hope-filled phrases that can be directly related to the events of the past year. As always, the festival will conclude with the annual Service of Light, a breathtaking and unforgettable moment when the lofty chapel is filled with sparkling candlelight.

Concert and Holiday Dinner Times

Concerts are held in the A. F. Siebert Chapel. (See campus map)

  • 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3, 2021 — SOLD OUT
  • 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021 — SOLD OUT
  • 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021 — SOLD OUT

Holiday dinner tickets will also be available to purchase. Dinner will be held at the following times in the Todd Wehr Center Jockey Club Rooms:

  • 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3 — SOLD OUT
  • 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4 — SOLD OUT
  • 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5 — SOLD OUT


The Christmas Festival concert and dinner are sold out. Please join us from home with your family and friends through our live stream:

  • Reserved seating tickets, concert only: $10 per person
  • Holiday dinner and concert: $35 per person

Order tickets 24/7 online at or order by calling the Box Office: 262-551-6661, noon-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday. The Box Office will have extended hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 1, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Oct. 2-3. 

Ticket Insurance

Consider purchasing ticket insurance to cover your complete transaction (not including fees) for $10 at the time of your original purchase. Ticket insurance enables you to receive a full refund for an event up to 24 hours prior to the performance start time for the tickets in that transaction. Without ticket insurance, all sales are final and no refunds are allowed. Tickets eligible for refund will be processed once the physical tickets are returned to the box office. Ticket insurance is not taxable.

Faculty, Staff, and Student tickets

Due to our capacity restrictions in the chapel because of the COVID-19 pandemic, complimentary Christmas Festival tickets will not be available to faculty and staff this year. All members of the Carthage community are invited to purchase their tickets online through the Carthage Box Office. Carthage faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend the Christmas Festival Dress Rehearsal on Thursday, Dec. 2; the dress rehearsal is free, though tickets are required. Please watch The Bridge in mid-October for information on reserving your Dress Rehearsal tickets.

Live Stream

Can’t join us in person? A live stream will be available so you can watch the Christmas Festival from your home. Grab your hot chocolate and favorite Christmas cookies before tuning in to watch the performance. See our live stream schedule for more details 


Your generous contribution will support Carthage music students in providing accessible and affordable arts experiences such as international travel. You can purchase your tickets and donation in one transaction! All donations are 100 percent tax-deductible.

#StaySafeCarthage: COVID-19 Protocols

We will continue to evaluate our event safety policies to protect our campus community, neighbors, and guests as much as possible. At this time, guests are required to wear masks at all times while inside Carthage buildings. For guests’ safety, we’ve limited capacity for this event and seating will be staggered to allow safe distancing between guests.