The 2024 St. Olaf Christmas Festival

  • Friday, December 6 • 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 7 • 3 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 8 • 3 p.m
  • Skoglund Auditorium, St. Olaf College

For many people, over several generations, the celebration of the Advent – Christmas – Epiphany season begins with the annual St. Olaf Christmas Festival, a century-old tradition of the college.


begun as a musical program for the college community, planned and directed by F. Melius Christiansen, founder of the St. Olaf Music Department.


guests will attend the Festival concerts and special events.


student musicians will participate as members of the five Choirs and Orchestra.

Participating Ensembles

Each group participates individually and as part of a Massed Ensemble.  Anton Armstrong ’78 is Artistic Director of the Festival and Conductor of the St. Olaf Choir. Adam Reinwald ’00 conducts the the St. Olaf Chapel Choir and Viking Chorus. Therees Tkach Hibbard conducts the Manitou Singers. 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.

Visual Designer of the Festival is Christie Hawkins. Matthew Marohl is College Pastor and also serves on the artistic team.

2023 St. Olaf Christmas Festival: Livestream

Watch the on-demand video recording of the 2023 St. Olaf Christmas Festival, Love and Joy Come to You. A tradition since 1912, the St. Olaf Christmas Festival is one of the oldest musical celebrations of Christmas in the U.S., led by five conductors and featuring more than 500 student musicians.

Watch here

St. Olaf Christmas Festival in the News