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.


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    Student Philanthropy Council Deck the Trees

    November 29th 1-4pm 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 30th 7pm 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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  • Students gather at the Christmas tree lighting at CUA

    Light the Season

    December 1st, 5:30pm, McMahon Circle
    Be a part of the annnual Catholic University Christmas tree lighting ceremony.

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    The Annual Christmas Concert for Charity

    December 1st, 7:30pm
    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 2nd, 7pm
    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 3rd, 2:30pm, Heritage Hall
    Join Fr. Joseph for a Christmas cookie exchange and conversation on Sunday, December 3.

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    Catholic University Giving Tree

    Donate a gift for a child in need this Christmas.

    More details to come.

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    A Taste of the Holidays

    December 5th, 4pm, the Nest Event Space
    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 7th, 6pm, 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
    Join us for this semesterly, 3-Day, overnight Eucharistic adoration devotion.

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    CUA Saturday - Village of Lights

    December 9th
    See Centennial Village transformed into a Christmas village decked out in festive lights.
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    Walk with Mary

    December 9
    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, 6:30am, St. Vincent's 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 13th
    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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