2022 Christmas Festival poster Carthage Christmas Festival

Share in the Wonder

Carthage College invites the community to celebrate the holiday season with the 148th Annual Carthage Christmas Festival being held on Friday, Dec. 2, Saturday, Dec. 3, and Sunday, Dec. 4 in the A. F. Siebert Chapel.

This year’s event, themed “Share in the Wonder,” will feature performances by the Carthage Choir, Wind Orchestra, Carthage Philharmonic, Carthage Treble Choir, Carthage Chorale, and Lincoln Chamber Singers. The festival will conclude with the Service of Light and the singing of “Silent Night, Holy Night” sending audience members forth with the joy and reverence of the holiday season.

The Carthage Christmas Festival was first conceived in 1874 as a holiday band concert and has evolved with the 1974 festival as the concert 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.

Concert & Holiday Dinner Times

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

  • 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, 2022
  • 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022
  • 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022

Information about the holiday dinner will be available soon.


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

Tickets will be available Saturday, Oct. 1. Stay tuned and subscribe to the fine arts e-newsletter for updates! 

2022-23 Season Subscriptions

Choose your own series and save! Starting July 11, subscribers can get tickets for the 2022-23 season. Order your subscription online or through our ticket order form.

The Full Season Subscription gets you tickets to all 11 shows plus Christmas Festival, with a savings of 30 percent!

  • Adults $104
  • Seniors (55+) $81
  • Students* $62


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.


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.

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