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St. Olaf College choir and orchestra members performing onstage at Orchestra Hall
St. Olaf Christmas Festival

Love and Joy Come to You

Fri Dec 1, 2023 - Sat Dec 2, 2023

Orchestra Hall

~ 2 hrs without intermission

First held in 1912, the St. Olaf Christmas Festival is one of the oldest musical celebrations of Christmas in the United States, and has become one of the nation's most cherished holiday celebrations. Led by five conductors, it features more than 500 student musicians from St. Olaf College's world-renowned choirs and orchestra. Each group participates individually and as part of a massed ensemble.

The theme of the 2023 St. Olaf Christmas Festival, Love and Joy Come to You, will feature repertoire of classic Advent and Christmas compositions, familiar carols, global hymns, and contemporary pieces.

Anton Armstrong ’78 is artistic director of the Christmas Festival and conductor of the St. Olaf Choir. Adam Reinwald '00 is conductor of the Chapel Choir and Viking Chorus. Therees Tkach Hibbard conducts the Manitou Singers. James E. Bobb leads the St. Olaf Cantorei. The St. Olaf Orchestra, regarded as one of the finest collegiate orchestras in the United States, is conducted by Chung Park.

The St. Olaf Christmas Festival has also been enjoyed by millions of Americans across the country, who have watched the festival through public television as a broadcast special. In 2013, PBS aired the one-hour television special, Christmas in Norway with the St. Olaf Choir, as part of their holiday programming, which won two regional Emmy awards.

Please note: The Orchestra Hall Box Office is pleased to provide ticket services for this event. The Minnesota Orchestra does not perform on this program. All artists, programs, prices, dates and times are subject to change. Prices listed include a non-discountable $4 facility fee. There are no service charges for in-person transactions at Orchestra Hall. There is a $5 service charge per transaction for all phone and online orders. Contact Us

The concert is approximately two hours with no intermission. Children under the age of 10 will not be admitted to the concert.

Due to high demand, tickets for the 2023 St. Olaf Christmas Festival have limited availability. We encourage you to continue to check back regularly for any seats that may open up.

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Accessibility Services

  • Armless & Bariatric Chairs
  • Assistive Listening Devices
  • Noise-Cancelling Headphones
  • Service Animals
  • Wheelchair & Accessible Seating

Additional services are available upon request.