Weber Chapel Auditorium glows with the soft light of hundreds of candles as the voices of more than 1,500 students, faculty, staff, alumni, families and community members join together to sing “Silent Night.”

This moving moment caps Christmas Candlelight Service, one of Susquehanna’s most cherished annual traditions.

Started in 1966, the service also includes traditional readings, songs and prayers in celebration of the season.

The university chaplain presides, assisted by President Jonathan D. Green, a faculty lector, student deacons and a pastor from a nearby Catholic church.

Numerous student musical ensembles perform, including the Festival Chorus, University Choir, University Chorale, Chamber Singers, Handbell Choir and Brass Quintet.

Instead of purchasing a ticket, attendees are asked to bring a non-perishable food item to donate to a local food bank.


Virtual Christmas Candlelight

Gather your loved ones, light a candle or two and join Susquehanna in spirit on Tuesday, Dec. 8, at 7:30 p.m. EST, for the special tribute premiering right here. 

For 2020, the Christmas Candlelight Service  virtual event featured student musical performances, a reading by Chaplain Scott Kershner, appearances by President Jonathan Green, Ms. Lynn Buck, special guests and many other elements that make the Candlelight Service one of the holiday season’s most beloved traditions.