One of the most popular traditions at Carthage is the Christmas Festival held in the A. F. Siebert Chapel. The Festival features pieces performed by multiple choirs, bands, and the orchestra, as well as combined performances. Every year there is a rush to get tickets starting October 1.  Because tickets go so fast, those unable to attend are able to watch the Festival stream live online. The Christmas Festival is one of the largest attractions Carthage hosts, spanning over three nights, December 2-4, 2016. I have worked as an usher at the Festival for the past two years, and I will be helping again this year, but as Box Office since we have a new ticketing system!  Though I have been involved, I was never aware of all the hard-work that goes into creating the Festival, until I talked to Debbie Clark, the Assistant to the Campus Pastor, about it some more.

"/> Skip to main content
  • <a href="/live/image/gid/123/width/650/3928_green-carthage-0553-2.jpg" class="lw_preview_image lw_disable_preview"><img src="/live/image/gid/123/width/1400/height/660/3928_green-carthage-0553-2.rev.1401734708.jpg" alt="Plants on the Carthage campus." class="lw_image lw_image3928" width="1400" height="660" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/123/width/1400/height/660/3928_green-carthage-0553-2.rev.1401734708.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/123/width/1400/height/660/3928_green-carthage-0553-2.rev.1401734708.jpg 3x" data-max-w="5760" data-max-h="3840"/></a>
  • <a href="/live/image/gid/123/width/650/3929_banner-greens.jpg" class="lw_preview_image lw_disable_preview"><img src="/live/image/gid/123/width/1400/height/660/3929_banner-greens.rev.1401734752.jpg" alt="Green trees on the Carthage campus." class="lw_image lw_image3929" width="1400" height="660" data-max-w="1400" data-max-h="660"/></a>
  • <a href="/live/image/gid/94/width/650/4163_bridge-carthage-0488.jpg" class="lw_preview_image lw_disable_preview"><img src="/live/image/gid/94/width/1400/height/660/4163_bridge-carthage-0488.rev.1402062221.jpg" alt="Students on the red bridge" class="lw_image lw_image4163" width="1400" height="660" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/94/width/1400/height/660/4163_bridge-carthage-0488.rev.1402062221.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/94/width/1400/height/660/4163_bridge-carthage-0488.rev.1402062221.jpg 3x" data-max-w="5760" data-max-h="3840"/></a>
  • <a href="/live/image/gid/123/width/650/3938_background-purple-carthage-0439.jpg" class="lw_preview_image lw_disable_preview"><img src="/live/image/gid/123/width/1400/height/660/3938_background-purple-carthage-0439.rev.1401735956.jpg" alt="Purple flowers on the Carthage campus" class="lw_image lw_image3938" width="1400" height="660" data-max-w="1400" data-max-h="660"/></a>
  • <a href="/live/image/gid/123/width/650/3926_background-lakeblue-2.jpg" class="lw_preview_image lw_disable_preview"><img src="/live/image/gid/123/width/1400/height/660/3926_background-lakeblue-2.rev.1401734702.jpg" alt="Lake Michigan waters." class="lw_image lw_image3926" width="1400" height="660" data-max-w="1400" data-max-h="660"/></a>
  • <a href="/live/image/gid/123/width/650/3924_background-clausen.jpg" class="lw_preview_image lw_disable_preview"><img src="/live/image/gid/123/width/1400/height/660/3924_background-clausen.rev.1401734701.jpg" alt="The water feature inside the Clausen Center." class="lw_image lw_image3924" width="1400" height="660" data-max-w="1400" data-max-h="660"/></a>
  • <a href="/live/image/gid/123/width/650/3936_background-stone-carthage-0765.jpg" class="lw_preview_image lw_disable_preview"><img src="/live/image/gid/123/width/1400/height/660/3936_background-stone-carthage-0765.rev.1401735956.jpg" alt="Lannonstone wall on the Carthage campus" class="lw_image lw_image3936" width="1400" height="660" data-max-w="1400" data-max-h="660"/></a>
  • <a href="/live/image/gid/123/width/650/3931_background-sunrise-he8a2129.jpg" class="lw_preview_image lw_disable_preview"><img src="/live/image/gid/123/width/1400/height/660/3931_background-sunrise-he8a2129.rev.1401735955.jpg" alt="Sunrise over Lake Michigan." class="lw_image lw_image3931" width="1400" height="660" data-max-w="1400" data-max-h="660"/></a>
  • <a href="/live/image/gid/123/width/650/3930_background-sunrise-rockshe8a1897.jpg" class="lw_preview_image lw_disable_preview"><img src="/live/image/gid/123/width/1400/height/660/3930_background-sunrise-rockshe8a1897.rev.1401735955.jpg" alt="Sunrise over Lake Michigan." class="lw_image lw_image3930" width="1400" height="660" data-max-w="1400" data-max-h="660"/></a>
  • <a href="/live/image/gid/123/width/650/3923_background-giving.jpg" class="lw_preview_image lw_disable_preview"><img src="/live/image/gid/123/width/1400/height/660/3923_background-giving.rev.1401734701.jpg" alt="The red Carthage Bridge." class="lw_image lw_image3923" width="1400" height="660" data-max-w="1400" data-max-h="660"/></a>
  • <a href="/live/image/gid/123/width/650/3927_background-lakeblue-1.jpg" class="lw_preview_image lw_disable_preview"><img src="/live/image/gid/123/width/1400/height/660/3927_background-lakeblue-1.rev.1401734702.jpg" alt="A view of Lake Michigan." class="lw_image lw_image3927" width="1400" height="660" data-max-w="1400" data-max-h="660"/></a>
  • <a href="/live/image/gid/99/width/650/15006_background-banner-clausen-red.jpg" class="lw_preview_image lw_disable_preview"><img src="/live/image/gid/99/width/1400/height/660/15006_background-banner-clausen-red.rev.1478707277.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image lw_image15006" width="1400" height="660" data-max-w="1400" data-max-h="660"/></a>
  • <a href="/live/image/gid/123/width/650/3932_background-waves-he8a2609.jpg" class="lw_preview_image lw_disable_preview"><img src="/live/image/gid/123/width/1400/height/660/3932_background-waves-he8a2609.rev.1401735955.jpg" alt="Lake Michigan waves" class="lw_image lw_image3932" width="1400" height="660" data-max-w="1400" data-max-h="660"/></a>
  • <a href="/live/image/gid/94/width/650/3940_banner-greens.jpg" class="lw_preview_image lw_disable_preview"><img src="/live/image/gid/94/width/1400/height/660/3940_banner-greens.rev.1401736186.jpg" alt="Tree background banner" class="lw_image lw_image3940" width="1400" height="660" data-max-w="1400" data-max-h="660"/></a>
  • <a href="/live/image/gid/123/width/650/3935_background-orange-carthage-0540-2.jpg" class="lw_preview_image lw_disable_preview"><img src="/live/image/gid/123/width/1400/height/660/3935_background-orange-carthage-0540-2.rev.1401735956.jpg" alt="Orange flowers on the Carthage campus." class="lw_image lw_image3935" width="1400" height="660" data-max-w="1400" data-max-h="660"/></a>

News

Coordinating the Christmas Festival with Debbie Clark

  • Christmas Festival, 2016
    Christmas Festival, 2016

By Madison Kobe ‘18

November 29, 2016

One of the most popular traditions at Carthage is the Christmas Festival held in the A. F. Siebert Chapel. The Festival features pieces performed by multiple choirs, bands, and the orchestra, as well as combined performances. Every year there is a rush to get tickets starting October 1.  Because tickets go so fast, those unable to attend are able to watch the Festival stream live online. The Christmas Festival is one of the largest attractions Carthage hosts, spanning over three nights, December 2-4, 2016. I have worked as an usher at the Festival for the past two years, and I will be helping again this year, but as Box Office since we have a new ticketing system!  Though I have been involved, I was never aware of all the hard-work that goes into creating the Festival, until I talked to Debbie Clark, the Assistant to the Campus Pastor, about it some more.

How long has the Christmas Festival been a Carthage tradition?

The Christmas Festival has been taking place for more than 20 years!

How long have you been coordinating the Christmas Festival?

This will be my 15th year as Festival Assistant.  

What is your favorite part of the Christmas Festival?

My favorite part is the candle lighting…it chokes me up every year, no matter how many times I stand in the balcony.  It’s an indescribable feeling to be standing with more than 1,300 lighted candles raised in the air, as we join the ensembles in singing Silent Night.

What is the biggest challenge of coordinating Christmas Festival?

My biggest challenge is ticketing.  There are never enough tickets for everyone who would like to attend.  This year we had distributed all tickets by the first week in November, which means for the next three weeks I’ve said had to say “I’m sorry, we are full” over and over again.  Sometimes these are guests who have called and attended for years and now, because of timing, they will not be able to attend.  It makes me a little sad…so I’m always anxious for the weekend to arrive so we can get on with the festivities.

What one thing would you change about the Christmas Festival, if anything at all?

I’m not sure if there’s anything I would change…unless it would be that I could assure that every person who wanted to attend could attend…but that would probably require more concerts, and I think hardly any of us would be up to working or singing for more!