Christmas brings unique beauty to Catholic University’s campus. As a community rooted in faith, we anticipate and celebrate the birth of Jesus through festive traditions such as the lighting of the University Christmas tree, the Christmas Concert for Charity, and Village of Lights. These events light up the season on campus and provide warmth and welcome to students and visitors alike.


For questions and accomodations, please reach out to each event's point of contact, listed on the Nest event page.

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    Student Philanthropy Council Deck the Trees

    November 29 1-4 p.m., Pryz Food Court
    All four undergraduate classes will go head-to-head in a Christmas tree decorating contest.

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    CUA Nite Live: Crafts of Christmas Past

    November 30 7 p.m., Pryz Great Room
    Join us for a night of nostalgic Christmas vibes. Grab a Little Debbie snack, decorate a mini wreath, paint a candle, make a card, make a hot chocolate mason jar, and do more! 

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    Light the Season

    December 1, 5:30 p.m., Pryz 3rd Floor Atrium
    Be a part of the annnual Catholic University Christmas tree lighting ceremony.

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    The Annual Christmas Concert for Charity

    December 1, 7:30 p.m., Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
    Listen in awe to Catholic University's orchestra and choir as they perform classic Christmas tunes in a concert benefitting charity.

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    Mistletoe Ball

    December 2, 7 p.m.
    Join Program Board for its Annual Mistletoe Ball, an off-campus event filled with dancing and fun!

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    Talk by Fr. Joseph: Home for Christmas

    December 3, 2:30 p.m., Heritage Hall
    Join Fr. Joseph for a Christmas cookie exchange and conversation on Sunday, December 3.

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    Catholic University Giving Tree

    Campus Ministry invites the University community to participate in the Giving Tree. Grab a gift tag from the Christmas tree in the 2nd-floor atrium of the Pryzbla Center, purchase the gift for a child in need, and bring it to the Campus Ministry office by December 18. Gifts will be distributed to local families by the Edgewood/Brookland Family Support Collaborative (EBFSC). Questions or accommodations: contact

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    A Taste of the Holidays

    December 5, 4 p.m., The Nest, Pryz 300
    The Center for Cultural Engagement invites you to come learn about holiday traditions from around the world and sample different cultures' tasty dishes.

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    St. Nicholas Night for Grads

    December 7, 6 p.m., Happel Room
    Come and take a break before finals and celebrate the feast of St. Nicholas! We'll have cake, ice cream, and Fr. Hugh Vincent's Holiday Hits. 

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    Patronal Feast of the Immaculate Conception (Holiday No classes)

    December 8
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    40-Hours Devotion

    December 8-10, St. Vincent de Paul Chapel
    Join us for this semesterly, 3-Day, overnight Eucharistic adoration devotion.

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    CUA Saturday - Village of Lights

    December 9, 7 p.m., Centennial Village
    See Centennial Village transformed into a Christmas village decked out in festive lights.

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    Walk with Mary

    December 9, 11 a.m., Shrine of the Sacred Heart Parish to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
    Join Catholic University as we participate in the Archdiocese of Washington's annual Walk with Mary Pilgrimmage.

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    Mañanitas to Our Lady of Guadalupe

    December 12, 6:30 a.m., St. Vincent de Paul Chapel

    Join us for mass and singing "Las Mañanitas" to Our Lady of Guadalupe. Mass will be offered by Bishop Evelio. 6:30 am Mañanitas, 7:00 am Mass.

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    Late Night Breakfast

    December 13
    Join PB for the last event of the semester! Take a break from finals studying to kick back and enjoy a late night breakfast!

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