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Elkhart Historical Society
Christmas Candlelight Services

December 2, 2023 @ 12:00 am - December 3, 2023 @ 12:00 am CST

December 2: 2p, 4p, 5:30p and 8p

Elkhart Historical Society Christmas Candlelight Services at Gillett Chapel

*Reservations Required*

December 3: 2pm

Elkhart Historical Society Christmas Candlelight Service Matinee

*Reservations Required*

The Elkhart Historical Society will host this year’s Christmas Candlelight Service with four performances on Saturday, December 2 and one afternoon performance on Sunday, December 3, at the St. John the Baptist Chapel located on Elkhart Hill. Each year’s Candlelight Service brings a new and fresh presentation, resulting in sell-out performances consisting of beautiful segments of music and inspirational script. Saturday performances are at 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 5:30 p.m., and 8:00 p.m. Sunday’s matinee is at 2 p.m.

Titled “Christmas Advent,” this year’s theme is developed by Tim Searby of Lincoln, Illinois. Tim is well-known as a gifted musician, choir and drama director, and producer of countless musicales, including the very popular annual Harvest of Talents Annual Musical held in Lincoln, Illinois.

Tim has assembled a cast of impressively talented musicians, including a 6-voice chorale, trumpeters, cellist, and organist, along with a stunning angel dramatist and talented readers who will lead us into Christmas reflections. Add to this the aura of the stunning historic stone chapel, lit with candlelight, outdoor luminaria, and Christmas greens, and the complete experience will be the perfect beginning to your Christmas observances.

Combining the service with an optional delicious holiday meal with all the trimmings at Horsefeathers Wild Hare Café, before or after the service, can create a lasting memory with friends or family. Please let us coordinate the meal option when you reserve your service to complete your evening.  Prior to calling, please go to the website for downloadable reservation forms with all the service and menu information times and prices: elkharthistoricalsociety.org

Any extra time between services and meals can always be spent exploring the quaint shops in the business district of Elkhart and be sure to visit on November 18 between 9a-5p for our annual Elkhart Village Christmas Open House, where special gifts, tasty treats and warm drinks are offered.


The Elkhart Historical Society membership information is also included as our dues for the 2024 year are now due and timed perfectly with the release of the 2024 calendar. A regular family or single membership is $25 and a Senior Citizen family or single is $20. A calendar without membership is $25. A free calendar is given with each new or renewed membership. Please consider joining, if you are not already a member, as many new projects are in the pipeline for 2024, and with it many new ways to enjoy Elkhart and its history.


December 2, 2023 @ 12:00 am CST
December 3, 2023 @ 12:00 am CST
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