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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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Watch it live!

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.

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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Concerts are held in A. F. Siebert Chapel (see campus map)
7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, 2019
7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019
4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019

Holiday Buffet

A Holiday Buffet is offered before the Friday and Saturday evening concerts, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the Todd Wehr Center. Tickets are required. Reserved seating is available for parties of 10 or more. 


UPDATE DEC. 4: A few tickets remain for the Sunday concert. Order now!
Concert tickets: $10

  • Order online:
  • Order by calling the Box Office: 262-551-6661, noon-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday.
  • Order by visiting the Box Office in person, noon-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: No exchanges or refunds. All sales are final.

Plan Your Visit

Parking: Free parking will be available on the Carthage campus. Our Public Safety officers will direct concert-goers to available parking lots.

Shuttles: Free shuttles will transport people from the parking lots to Siebert Chapel, and back to their lots after the concert.

Travel and Arrival Tips: 

  • Wisconsin weather is unpredictable, so please allow plenty of time for travel.
  • Construction on Interstate 94 is continuing; please plan ahead for delays and possible detours.
  • Please allow time to park on campus and get to the Chapel. Allow additional time for admittance at the door, as we will be scanning tickets as patrons arrive. 

Weather: Carthage College does not close its campus or cancel events unless the Carthage President declares a weather emergency. Please check Carthage social media and/or the Carthage website for cancellations. In the event that the campus is closed due to weather, tickets will be exchanged if possible or refunds will be issued. If campus remains open, there will be no weather-related exchanges or refunds, so please allow time for travel in snowy conditions. The show must go on! 

Arrival: Tickets will be scanned at the east exterior doors of A. F. Siebert Chapel. To claim will call tickets, enter the chapel on the south side.

*Please note: the north doors will be for emergency exit only.

Art Exhibit

The H. F. Johnson Gallery of Art will be open one hour before each concert. This year’s exhibit is “The Women of Carthage Alumni Exhibition,” in celebration of 150 years of women students at Carthage. This exhibit features a broad range of work from recent graduates and long-standing alumni. 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.
Live stream Christmas Festival
Follow along with our program

Carthage in Chicago Holiday Concert Dec. 13

Each year, the Carthage in Chicago Holiday Concert features music selections from Carthage’s renowned Christmas Festival and performances by regional high schools. Come to this year’s holiday concert on Friday, Dec. 13, at the Chicago Symphony Center. Tickets are required. Learn more