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Candlelight Carol Festival

December 17 @ 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

This longstanding tradition at The Riverside Church has become an essential part of Christmas in New York City. This service of music and light combines carillon, organ, harp, and all of the choirs of The Riverside Church, culminating in a ritual sharing of candlelight illuminating the Nave. Musical prelude begins at 3:00 PM.


The Riverside Choir
Alan Montgomery, Interim Director of Music & Organist
Leonard Bopp, guest conductor

The Riverside Inspirational Choir
Nedra Olds Neal, director

The Riverside Rising Voices
Matthew Hommez, director

The Riverside Youth Choir
Matthew Hommez, director

The Riverside Ringers
Daniel Potter, director

The Riverside Community String Ensemble
Kristina Giles, director


Yuliya Basis, piano
Jennifer Hoult, harp
Matt King, piano
Jonathon Peretz, percussion
Mark Peterson, bass
Carla Staffaroni, carillon
Miranda Sielaff, viola


Jack Cotterell, tenor
Juan José Ibarra, bass
Rev. Freeman Palmer, tenor
Kendra Petuch, soprano


Sunday, December 17, 2023, 4:00 PM
Prelude begins at 3:00 PM
Doors open at 2:30 PM

The Riverside Church Nave
490 Riverside Drive
New York, NY

This service will feature ASL interpretation.

This service will also be viewable via livestream. Tickets are available for purchase below.


$45 | General Admission
$35 | Students & Seniors
$20 | Livestream

Purchase In-Person Tickets Purchase Livestream Tickets Make a Donation


Tickets for the in-person performance can be purchased online and at the Riverside Visitor Center. Tickets are also available at the box office, which will open on Sunday, December 17, 2023 at 11:30 AM. Please note: tickets for the livestream are only available online.

For ticketing questions or problems please email rsvptrt@trcnyc.org


December 17
4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
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