Candlelight Carol Service

Watch this year's Candlelight Carol Service


History of the Candlelight Carol Service 

In 1964, under the direction of Robert McGill, the Hendrix College Choir began presenting a Service of Lessons and Carols modeled after the one offered annually at King's College in Cambridge, England. The Candlelight Carol Service has since become an important Hendrix tradition. Each year over 1,200 people travel to the College to experience one of the four on-campus presentations. In addition, the Choir usually takes the service on a brief tour to United Methodist churches in Arkansas and neighboring states.  



2013 Candlelight Carol Service Performance and Tour Information

On Campus Performance Dates

Greene Chapel, Hendrix College

  • December 5, 6, and 7 at 7:30 p.m.
  • December 8 at 4 p.m.

For reservations call (501) 450-1495 beginning on November 25.

Box Office Hours

November 25 and 26: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
December 2-6: 12 noon - 2 p.m.

Tour Schedule

  • First United Methodist Church, Springdale, Arkansas
    December 19, 7:30 p.m.
  • Trinity United Methodist Church, Little Rock, Arkansas
    December 20, 7:30 p.m.

No reservations are required for tour performances.


Candlelight singers

Listen to a sampling of the sounds of Candlelight 2007

Quem vidistis pastores?
Richard Dering

Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen
Michael Praetorius/Donald Cashmore

Nova! Nova!
Bob Chilcott (Sung by the Chamber Chorale)

Candlelight Reflections

From Skeptic to Believer, Senior Shares Final Candlelight Experience
by Kate Parsley '13

A Choir Alumna's Memories of Candlelight
by Amy Meredith Forbus '96