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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.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 of 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 Times

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

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



Reserved seating tickets: $10
On sale starting Friday, Oct. 1.


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