College to Hold Festival of Lessons and Carols on Dec. 6

November 14, 2019 | by the Office of Marketing and Communications

Elmhurst College choir and orchestra members perform for a festive audience at the 2018 Festival of Lessons and Carols inside Hammerschmidt Memorial Chapel.

The Elmhurst College Festival of Lessons and Carols draws together the campus and community to open a joyful and spiritual season.

This year’s celebration of the tradition will take place on Friday, Dec. 6, in Hammerschmidt Memorial Chapel. The College will offer two performances of the celebration, at 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., to accommodate the popularity of the event. Doors will open half an hour before each start time. The 7:00 p.m. service will be livestreamed at

The Festival of Lessons and Carols is an Elmhurst College tradition that bridges the season of Advent and Christmastide. Held since 1961, the Festival consists of nine Scriptural readings that tell the story of the birth of the Messiah, interspersed with choral music. The Elmhurst College choirs will perform time-honored songs to accompany each reading and set the holiday mood.

The event is free and all are welcome. For more information, call (630) 617-5186.

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