CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A Lowcountry Christmas tradition returns to The Citadel this year, but with a shortened schedule.
The 79th annual Christmas Candlelight Services are scheduled for Friday, Dec. 2 and Sunday, Dec. 4 in Summerall Chapel. The school had to cancel the Saturday service due to other activities on campus that day.
The candlelight services feature cadets from the Protestant, Catholic, and Gospel Choirs, the Cadet Chorale and members of The Citadel Regimental. The hour-long program is free and includes scripture readings and carols to celebrate Christmas. It begins with the Procession of Lights and includes a collection of traditional favorites of the season.
Services on Friday and Sunday will start at 7:30 p.m. Seating for the candlelight services is first come, first served and usually fills up early. To allow more people to view the traditional Christmas service, The Citadel will make them available through a live stream. The Friday service will also be recorded and available to view at any time. You can watch the live or recorded video on Citadel.edu.
Overflow viewing for the services Friday and Sunday will also be provided in a room near the Summerall Chapel. Seating for the room in Bond Hall will open at 6:30 p.m.
Flash cameras and video lights will not be allowed in the Chapel.