University of Redlands

University of Redlands presents 72nd Feast of Lights celebration

The University of Redlands will continue its annual holiday tradition presenting the 72nd Feast of Lights Dec. 6-8, 2019 in the Memorial Chapel on the main Redlands campus. This year’s event, which for many is part of their holiday festivities, will include the new “Children’s Feast,” adapted for families with young children.

The traditional Feast of Lights is a service of worship celebrating the birth of Jesus in spoken word, tableaux, song and instrumental offering, concluding with the traditional Ceremony of Candles symbolizing the spreading of the light of Christ’s message. Performances are scheduled at 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6 and Saturday, Dec. 7, with a 4 p.m. performance on Sunday, Dec. 8. The Friday event is preceded by the University of Redlands Town & Gown Moveable Feast at 5 p.m. in the Casa Loma Room.

The new, one-hour Children’s Feast celebrating the Feast of Lights will be presented at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 and feature the University of Redlands choirs, orchestra and instrumental ensembles, and the University of Redlands Youth Choir and Training Chorus. This adaptation will include the story of the birth of Christ, the procession of the Magi, biblical readings, and Christmas carols. “This is the perfect way for families with children to enjoy the Feast,” says Nicholle Andrews, Feast director and director of choral studies at the U of R.