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A Carthage Christmas

“Light and Life to All”

A Festival of Readings and Carols

Dec. 6-8, 2019

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Christmas Festival 2017Carthage College invites the community to celebrate the joy of the holiday season at the annual Carthage Christmas Festival, three performances of readings and music in the A. F. Siebert Chapel. For more than 30 years, the Christmas Festival has been the College’s gift to our community.

Featuring the majestic sounds of the Fritsch Memorial Organ, the Carthage Christmas Festival follows an age-old tradition of sharing the celebration of the birth of Christ through readings and music. Three identical programs are presented on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

This year’s theme, “Light and Life to All,” comes from the third verse of the traditional Christmas carol “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”: Light and life to all he brings, risen with healing in his wings.

The festival includes Carthage’s annual Service of Light, when the chapel is filled with candlelight. Each evening includes performances by students in the Carthage Choir, Carthage Treble Choir, Lincoln Chamber Singers, Carthage Chorale, Wind Orchestra, and Carthage Philharmonic. 

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Concert Times:

7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, 2019
7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019
4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019

Information and Ticket Reservations:

There is a limit of 10 tickets per family. Reserve your tickets starting Oct. 1 through the Carthage Box Office in one of the following ways:

  • Reserve your tickets anytime after Oct. 1 through our online box office,
  • Reserve your tickets by calling the Box Office at 262-551-6661 between noon and 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday.
  • Reserve your tickets by visiting the Box Office in person between noon and 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday. The Box Office is located in the David A. Straz, Jr. Center on the north end of campus. Enter at the main doors. See campus map.

Please note: Tickets may be reserved only through the Box Office; they cannot be reserved through the Chapel Office or by email. 

Holiday Buffet:

A Holiday Buffet is offered before the Friday and Saturday evening concerts, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Cost of the buffet will be announced soon. Reservations are required, and will be accepted beginning Oct. 1. Holiday Buffet tickets include tickets to the Christmas Festival. To reserve your tickets for the concert including the Holiday Buffet, call the Office of Institutional Advancement at 262-551-5705 after Oct. 1.

Art Exhibit:

The H. F. Johnson Gallery of Art will be open one hour before and after each concert. Learn more at

Live Streaming:

Can’t make it to Carthage for this year’s Christmas Festival? Please join us in spirit. Carthage will live stream the Christmas Festival concerts through our website.