Notre Dame College Invites Community to Share in 2018 Christmas Traditions

Notre Dame College will celebrate its traditional trio of Christmas treats for the campus and extended community on Friday and Saturday, December 7 and 8, in 2018.

The College greets the season with its traditional Christmas Tree Lighting and Candlelight Concert featuring the Notre Dame Choir beginning at 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., respectively, Friday, December 7, at the Administration Building on the Notre Dame campus. Both events are free and open to the public.

The merriment continues with Notre Dame’s annual Breakfast with Santa from 9-11:30 a.m. Saturday, December 8, also in the Administration Building. The event features breakfast and photos with Santa, crafts and a Twinkle Shop for youth.

An added attraction to the season of good cheer on campus this year is Mercury Theatre Company’s holiday production of Disney’s “Newsies: The Musical” with evening and matinee performances December 21-23 in Regina Auditorium on the College campus.

Tree Lighting

The formal lighting of the College Christmas tree starts with carols, hot cocoa and cookies in the foyer of the historic Administration Building, where visitors can look out or walk out onto the Notre Dame Commons while the College’s outdoor 20-foot pine is first made to shine.

Candlelight Concert

Immediately following the Christmas tree tidings, the College choir will perform its Candlelight Concert in Christ the King Chapel on the third floor of the Administration Building. The hour-long performance of seasonal and spiritual music showcases Notre Dame’s vocal studies programs, particularly its Concert Choir, Gospel Ensemble and Chamber Singers.

Breakfast with Santa

Sponsored by the Notre Dame Alumni Association, Breakfast with Santa starts with pancakes at 9 a.m., followed by photos with Jolly Old Saint Nick, crafts and shopping for the children at 10 a.m. The full event is $15 for adults, $10 for children 12 years old and under and free for infants under 1 year old. Registration is available online.

Mercury Theatre Presents

Tickets for Mercury Theatre Company’s presentation of “Newsies: The Musical” also are available online. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, December 21, and at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, December 22 and 23, all in Regina Auditorium.

Tickets, can be purchased at the door, too, and are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and $16 for students. Discounts are offered to Notre Dame faculty, staff and students.

Notre Dame is now the permanent home of the community theatre company, which celebrated 20 years of performing throughout Northeast Ohio in 2018.

“Newsies: the Musical,” with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Jack Feldman and book by Harvey Fierstein, is based on the true story of the Newsboy Strike of 1899, when a group of orphan and runaway teens selling newspapers on the streets in New York City strike against publishers Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst who raise distribution prices at the workers’ expense.

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About Notre Dame College

For almost a century, Notre Dame College has educated a diverse population in the liberal arts for personal, professional and global responsibility. Founded by the Sisters of Notre Dame in 1922, the College has grown strategically to keep pace with the rapidly changing needs of students and the dramatic changes in higher education. But it has never lost sight of its emphasis on teaching students not only how to make a good living but also how to live a good life.

Today, the College offers bachelor’s degrees in 30 disciplines plus a variety of master's degrees, certification programs and continuing and professional development programs for adult learners on campus and online. Notre Dame College offers NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletic programs for men and women and is located in a picturesque residential neighborhood just 25 minutes from the heart of Cleveland. Hallmarks of the Notre Dame experience include stimulating academics, personalized attention of dedicated faculty and staff, and small class sizes.

Notre Dame College is located at 4545 College Road in South Euclid. For further information contact Brian Johnston, chief communications officer, at 216.373.5252 or

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