About the St. Olaf Christmas FestivalThe St. Olaf Christmas Festival is one of the oldest musical celebrations of Christmas in the United States. Started in 1912 by F. Melius Christiansen, founder of the St. Olaf College Music Department, the festival features more than 500 student musicians who are members of five choirs and the St. Olaf Orchestra.
Participating choral ensembles include the St. Olaf Choir, conducted by Anton Armstrong '78; Viking Chorus and Chapel Choir, both conducted by Christopher Aspaas '95; Cantorei, conducted by Jamie Bobb; and Manitou Singers, conducted by Sigrid Johnson. The St. Olaf Orchestra is conducted by Steven Amundson. Each group performs individually and as part of a mass ensemble.
The festival, which is regularly broadcast nationwide on public television and radio, has been featured in hundreds of publications, including TV Guide, Wall Street Journal, and the Los Angeles Times.
Members of the St. Olaf community should refer to the Christmas Festival information that arrives in the mail in early October.
Tickets are reserved seating and priced at $30 per ticket with a $7 transaction fee added per order.
Tickets are available at StOlafChristmasFestival.com during your prescribed time as indicated on your mailed information.
If you cannot climb stairs, or need special accessibility seating, you must order your tickets by telephone. Accessibility seating is limited. Guests who need disability-related provisions must order tickets by calling 507-786-3929 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. CDT during your prescribed time.
Refunds It is not possible to exchange or refund tickets. If you are unable to use your tickets, you may return them no later than 1 hour prior to the scheduled start of the performance and receive a gift receipt noting the value of the tickets for your tax records.