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Celebrate with us from the comfort of your home!

Reimagined as a virtual event, ring in the Christmas season right from your own home with Gardner-Webb University’s Festival of Lights.

We are pleased to continue this time-honored tradition of bringing you the sights and sounds of Christmas cheer through the musical performances of eight Gardner-Webb music groups and featured soloists. Listen as they perform enchanting renditions of your favorite holiday hymns and tunes. The reading of the Christmas Story from the Gospel of Luke and a timely message are sure to leave you filled with joy, delight and holiday cheer.

Following the musical performances, the lighting of the Campus Christmas tree will be live streamed with greetings from University President Dr. William Downs and his wife, Kim, and Student Body President Carlee Winstead. Afterwards, join in the singing of O’ Come, All Ye Faithful.

Gardner-Webb University’s Festival of Lights premiered on Dec. 3, 2020 at 7 p.m.

Production Sequence

  • Good Christian Men, Rejoice – Brass Ensemble
  • Welcome — Dr. William Downs, University President
  • Joy to the World — Choral Union
  • Magnificat — Concert Choir
  • Reading, Luke 2:25-35 — Dr. Tracy Jessup, Vice President for Christian Life and Service Senior Minister to the University
  • Nunc dimittis — Concert Choir
  • Spoken Word, Christmas… Navidad…God with Us — Dr. Herbert Palomino, Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling
  • Angelus ad pastores ait – Faculty Quartet
  • Ding, Dong Merrily on high – Handbell Choir
  • Coventry Carol — Chorale
  • Brethren, we have met to worship / Joy to the World – Old Time Ensemble
  • O come, O come Emmanuel — Caleb Etchison: Piano, Mackenzie Quattlebaum: Cello
  • The First Noel — Caleb Etchison: Piano, Elijah Ulysse: Saxophone
  • Spoken Word, Dr. Downs | Luke 2 1-20
  • Silent Night – Choral Union, Soloist: Gabrielle Martin

At this time we will switch to live content.

Live Content

  • Welcome — Dr. Tracy Jessup, Vice President for Christian Life and Service Senior Minister to the University
  • Greetings—Carlee Winstead, Student Body President
  • Greetings — Kim and Dr. William Downs, University President and First Lady
  • Tree lighting
  • O Come, All Ye Faithful, all join — Dr. Tracy Jessup and Dr. Joshua Cheney, Assistant Professor of Music
  • Benediction of live stream, Dr. Tracy Jessup

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