The Citadel

The Military College of South Carolina



The Citadel's 2017 Christmas Candlelight Services

The Citadel’s 80th Christmas Candlelight Services will be held this season on Friday Dec. 1, Saturday Dec. 2 and Sunday Dec. 3. All services begin at 7:30 p.m. at Summerall Chapel and seating is first come, first-served.

In 1937 the South Carolina Corps of Cadets gathered in what was the new Cadet Chapel, and accompanied by the cadet glee club and the new chapel organ, sang Christmas carols with the staff and faculty of the college. Now 80 years later, the Corps continues the tradition of The Citadel's Christmas Candlelight Services, which has become one of the most popular Christmas activities in Charleston and in South Carolina.

Cadets from the Protestant and Gospel Choirs, along with the Cadet Chorale and members of The Citadel Regimental Band take part in the annual celebration of the birth of Christ, observing the events of the Advent, the Annunciation, the Birth of the King, and Epiphany through scripture readings and carols. Traditional and international favorites are performed following the picturesque Procession of Lights. Cadets coordinate the production with Nancy Lefter, director of chorale activities, organist Mark A. Bebensee, associate provost, and Lt. Col. Tim Smith, director of music.

The hour-long program is free and open to the public. Flash cameras and video lights are not permitted. Visitors are encouraged to arrive early to secure parking on campus and seating in the chapel. Prelude music is presented by The Citadel's Brass Ensemble for 30 minutes before the service. For more information call (843) 953-5049.

PLEASE NOTE: There is NO RESERVED SEATING except for the President's and Provost's parties. Limited seating is available on Friday & Sunday nights for the families of performers, senior staff and faculty on a first come first seated basis. It is recommended that senior adults and persons with special needs arrive no later than 6:30 PM.


Lessons and Carols

You are cordially invited to join us Sunday, 10 December 2017, at 10:00 a.m., for our Service of Lessons and Carols. This will be our final cadet service of the semester.


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