Notre Dame College Offers Christmas Events Throughout December

Notre Dame College commences its 2017 holiday festivities for the campus and extended community with a series of merry celebrations starting the first weekend in December.

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 1, at the Administration Building on the Notre Dame campus. Both events are free and open to the public.

The merriment actually starts with a Christmas Bazaar from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, December 1, and the series of good cheer continues with Notre Dame’s annual Breakfast with Santa from 9-11:30 a.m. Saturday, December 2. Both events are open to the public and take place in the foyer of the Administration Building.

Holiday festivities resume the following weekend with the College’s free and open-to-the-public Wind Symphony Holiday Celebration band concert from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday, December 9, in the Regina Auditorium on the Notre Dame campus.

The College then brings to a close its seasonal revelries with musical theatre, Babes in Toyland by Notre Dame’s in-residence Mercury Theatre Company, in Regina Auditorium. The show opens with an evening performance at 7:30 p.m. Friday, December 15. It continues with matinees at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, December 16 and 17, and 2 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, December 28, 29 and 30.

Tree Lighting and Candlelight Concert

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.

Immediately following the good cheer, 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.

The Candelight Concert program for 2017 features traditional, well-known choral presentations of "Silent Night" by Franz Gruber and "O Come All Ye Faithful" by John Rutter, as well as more unique seasonal selections like Rutter's "Angels' Carol," Randall Thompson's "Allelulia" and Benjamin Britten's "A Hymn to the Virgin." The choir also will perform a range of diverse pieces from the popular "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" by Motown's Phil Spector, Jeff Berry and Ellie Greenwich to the Nigerian holiday carol "Betelehemu" by Olatunji-Whalum to "Lux Aurumque" based on a Latin Christmas poem of the same name by Eric Whitacre, among others.

While the Candlelight Concert is free, donations will be accepted in support of Notre Dame students in the College's international immersion to Guatemala in May 2018. In preparation for the experience, students are required not only to pay for their own travel expenses but also to attend a series of meetings to learn in depth about their destination and better prepare to serve the communities in their host country. Past immersions have featured performing arts as well as nursing emphases.

Shopping Bazaar and Breakfast with Santa

At the College’s Christmas Bazaar, students, faculty, staff, the Sisters of Notre Dame and extended family artists and crafters will offer handmade wares for sale as early holiday shopping. Gifting ideas from previous seasons include all original artwork: sewn items, jewelry, fashion accessories, home décor, ceramics, stationary and more. Credit cards are accepted.

The traditional Notre Dame Breakfast with Santa features a pancake breakfast and offers photos with Mr. Clause and student elves, as well as Christmas crafts for youth and a Twinkle Shoppe from which children can purchase small gifts for family members. The complete package, sponsored by the College’s Alumni Association, is $10 per person and free for infants. Registration is required in advance by calling 216.373.5316 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

More Performing Arts Programs

In addition to the Candlelight Concert highlighting choir, Notre Dame’s holiday festivities featuring its performing arts programs also include an instrumental music showcase. The Wind Symphony Holiday Celebration Concert highlights woodwind, brass and percussion via bands, solos and small ensembles performing traditional and popular seasonal selections. The wind symphony event brings to a close the fall semester Joan Cronin Reagan #NDCPerforms Series at Notre Dame.

The College closes out the calendar year with Mercury Theatre Company's production of Babes in Toyland, based on Glen MacDonough's original play with music by Victor Herbert. Admission for the evening and matinee performances is $20 per adult and $16 for seniors and students. Tickets are available for purchase on the Mercury Theatre website.

November 2017


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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