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Christmas at DePaul

Christmas at DePaul

Event Information

Christmas at DePaul is a retelling of the birth of Christ in word and song. Each year a student is selected from The Theatre School to narrate the sacred story. Selections of familiar and classic music are performed by the 150-member DePaul Community Chorus and a 50-member orchestra of students from the School of Music, providing a joyful score to this passionate retelling of our Lord's birth.

The annual event takes place at St. Vincent de Paul Church, located at 1010 W. Webster Avenue in Chicago, IL. There are three performances, and tickets are required for each performance.

  • Thursday, December 7, 2023, 7:00 p.m.
  • Friday, December 8, 2023, 7:00 p.m.
  • Friday, December 8, 2023, 9:00 p.m.

Ticket Information

Due to high demand, admission to the event was determined by a lottery. The lottery for this year's performances is now closed. Those selected through the lottery have been notified by email to claim their spots. 

Holiday Reception

Following the Friday 7:00 p.m. performance and prior to the Friday 9:00 p.m. performance, there will be a Holiday Reception in the Student Center for DePaul faculty, staff, students, trustees, and their families. Santa Claus will share treats with the children and pose for photos with family and friends. Light refreshments will be served.

Suggested Donation

As a reminder, admission to the event is free of charge. In lieu of an admission fee and in the spirit of giving, we ask that attendees donate to the St. Vincent de Paul Church’s Mother Seton Food Pantry and Soup Kitchen, which serves 250 homeless men and women every week.

There are three ways to give:


From your banking app, transfer money via the “QuickPay with Zelle” option. Under “Send Money”, press “Add Recipient” and enter a contact name (“Church” or “SVdPP”) and the recipient email ( Enter the amount you wish to donate, add the memo/comment “CAD”, and press “Send Money”.


St. Vincent de Paul Parish Services has set up a GoFundMe campaign to support the soup kitchen. 100% of donations will be used to provide food and supplies. You can donate using a credit card or PayPal.

Cash or Check

Staff will be on hand at each performance to accept cash or check donations. Please make checks payable to “St. Vincent Outreach”. In the memo line, please write “CAD”.

About St. Vincent de Paul Parish Services

The Mother Seton Food Pantry & Soup Kitchen began in 1980 in a small room in the parish center.  Working poor families, parents of young children, and the elderly are among those who need Mother Seton Food Pantry & Soup Kitchen assistance to help make ends meet.

During the year, parishioner volunteers serve in the soup kitchen six days per week, and average 100 meals per day. In the course of the year, we serve over 30,000 sandwiches, about 1,000 special holiday meals, and 45,000 cups of coffee. In addition to parishioners, DePaul facult​y, staff, and students volunteer on what has come to be known as DePaul Mondays. The number of households the Mother Seton Food Pantry serves on a monthly basis is over 50 households, or 75 people. The food pantry also provides groceries to DePaul University students who are food insecure.