University of Redlands

The University of Redlands, will present the 72nd Feast of Lights, a service of worship celebrating ā€• in spoken word, tableaux, song and instrumental offering ā€• the birth of Jesus. Although, presentations have differed slightly from year to year, the basic theme has remained constant: the story of the birth of Christ and the symbolic message of the star of Bethlehem as it led the Wise Men to the stable. At the service’s conclusion, the traditional Ceremony of Candles, adapted from an ancient rite, symbolizes the spreading of the light of Christ’s message by the twelve apostles throughout the world.

Under the direction of Dr. Nicholle Andrews, Director of Choral Activities at the University of Redlands, the 72nd Feast of Lights will be a Feast in the true sense of the word. The public is asked to bring non-perishable food items to the Feast of Lights. The food will be collected by the Family Service Association of Redlands and distributed to low-income and homeless families in the community. 

During its seventy-two years of existence, the Feast of Lights has become one of the most recognizable and respected of our University’s traditions. Under the leadership of Directors J. William Jones, Jeffrey Rickard, and Nicholle Andrews, its fame is nation-wide and much of its music has been recorded. As stated by an early Feast participant and University of Redlands faculty, the Feast is “a tapestry of scripture, poetry, music and drama. Always recognizable at its core, it is ever new in the elements and changes that appear annually in its music, drama and over-all structure.”

Announcing a New Tradition in 2019!

The University of Redlands is pleased to announce a new tradition to the Feast of Lights. Beginning in 2019, in place of the Monday evening celebration of the Feast of Lights, we will celebrate ‘The Children’s Feast’ on Saturday, December 7 at 10:00am.

After conversations with young families, alumni, and members of the community who have attended the Feast for many years about how to keep the beautiful tradition of the Feast of Lights alive, we have decided to introduce ‘The Children's Feast’ in lieu of the Monday evening celebration.

‘The Children’s Feast’ will be a celebration of the Feast of Lights, that is adapted for families with young children. The University of Redlands choirs, orchestra and instrumental ensembles, and the University of Redlands Youth Choir and Training Chorus will perform this celebration. It will be one hour in length and will include the story of the birth of Christ, the procession of the Magi, biblical readings, and Christmas Carols. Tickets for ‘The Children’s Feast’ will be $5 per ticket, and are available at

Next year, with three traditional Feast of Lights celebrations instead of four, the demand for tickets will increase. If you would like to purchase your 2019 tickets for the Friday, Saturday, or Sunday celebrations, they are now available online or by phone at (909) 748-8116.

Tickets for ‘The Children’s Feast’ are available now at or by calling the Office of Alumni & Community Relations at (909) 748-8011.