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A Carthage Christmas

“From Heaven Above to Earth You Come”

A Festival of Readings and Carols

Dec. 1-3, 2017

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Click here to watch the 2017 Christmas Festival live online
7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Dec. 1-2  |  4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3

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 20 years, these annual concerts have been the College’s Christmas gift to the community.

Featuring the sounds of the majestic 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.

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 Women’s Ensemble, Lincoln Chamber Singers, Carthage Chorale, Wind Orchestra, and other instrumental ensembles, as well as students from the Theatre Department.

This year’s Christmas Festival will be the culmination of a yearlong celebration of the 500th Anniversary of Martin Luther’s posting of his 95 Theses. The theme, “From Heaven Above to Earth You Come,” comes from a Christmas carol written by Martin Luther in 1534. Carthage has commissioned composer Jocelyn Hagen and poet Michael Dennis Browne to create a new work incorporating themes of Martin Luther’s carol.

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PLEASE NOTE: All tickets to the 2017 Carthage Christmas Festival have now been reserved. If you weren’t able to get tickets to this year’s event, please join us in spirit by watching live through our website. We will livestream all three performances of “From Heaven Above to Earth You Come.” Visit on concert days for more information.

Concert Times

7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, 2017 — doors open at 6:30 p.m. (SOLD OUT)
7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017 — doors open at 6:30 p.m. (SOLD OUT)
4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017 — doors open at 3 p.m. (SOLD OUT)


The concerts are free, but tickets are required. Reserve your tickets through our online box office, You may also send an email to or call 262-551-5810 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday-Friday (except Nov. 23-26).

If you had your tickets sent to you via email, you must arrive with a printed copy to redeem them. Digital tickets will not be accepted. 

Holiday Buffet

A Holiday Buffet is offered before the Friday and Saturday evening concerts, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. The cost of the buffet is $16, and it includes a ticket to the concert. Reservations are required. To reserve your tickets the Holiday Buffet and concert, call the Office of Institutional Advancement at 262-551-5705 or send an email to

Art Exhibit

The H. F. Johnson Gallery of Art at Carthage College presents The Saint John’s Bible Nov. 13-Dec. 15. This special presentation of 25 prints is part of the College’s year-long celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. The illuminated pages of scripture feature embellishments of gold and platinum leaf, vibrant colors, and delicate calligraphy celebrating the decisive history of Martin Luther. The exhibit is on loan from the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library. 

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? Watch it live on our website. Carthage will livestream all three Christmas Festival concerts through our website. The livestream will begin with gathering music 45 minutes before each concert. Watch it live

Parking and Shuttle Service 

Parking will be available in all Carthage parking lots; Carthage Security will direct patrons to available parking upon their arrival on campus. Shuttle services will be available throughout the duration of the event. View a campus map