The 113th Annual Christmas Carol Service


Sunday, December 11, 2022, 5:00pm to 7:00pm


The Memorial Church Sanctuary

113th Annual Christmas Carols serviceThe Night Visitors copyright 2015 Janet McKenzie, Collection of Mepkin Abbey, Moncks Corner, S.C. Photo by Jeffrey Blackwell/Memorial Church Communications

The Annual Christmas Carol Service, sung by the Harvard University Choir, is America’s oldest carol service. It is free and open to the public. Doors will open an hour before the event. Tickets are not being issued for the services this year. The Sunday afternoon service will also be broadcast live on WHRB 95.3 FM. The Tuesday evening service will be streamed live on our YouTube Channel. A voluntary collection following each service will benefit Y2Y Harvard Square, a youth homeless shelter in Cambridge. 

History: In 1910, the newly appointed University and Choirmaster, Archibald T. Davison, and Plummer Professor of Christian Morals, Edward C. Moore, devised the first annual Christmas Carol Service for Harvard University. The liturgy they prepared has remained virtually unchanged since: three lessons from scripture, interspersed with choral and congregational carols, beginning with “Adeste, fideles” sung in Latin. Over a century later, this service continues to be a cherished part of the festive season for the Harvard and Cambridge communities.

The 113th Annual Christmas Carol Service Program1.1 MB