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Christmas at DePaul

Christmas at DePaul
Christmas at DePaul is a retelling of the birth of Christ in word and song. Unlike many other events which charge for admission, Christmas at DePaul is offered as a gift to the community. The admission “charge” for Christmas at DePaul is a donation of either money or a requested item, which goes to support the operations of the St. Vincent de Paul Parish Food Pantry.

Event Information

Christmas at DePaul will takes place every year at St. Vincent de Paul Parish, located at 1010 W. Webster Avenue in Chicago, IL. There are three performances, and tickets are required for each performance.

  • Thursday, December 5, 2019, 7:00 p.m.
  • Friday, December 6, 2019, 7:00 p.m. (DePaul Night)
  • Friday, December 6, 2019, 9:00 p.m.

Due to high demand, tickets are distributed via a lottery. Registration for the ticket lottery opens October 10th and closes November 1st. Those that have been selected through the lottery to receive tickets will be notified within 7 days of the lottery closing. Tickets are required for admittance to each performance of Christmas at DePaul.


Following the Friday 7:00 p.m. performance, there will be a Christmas party in the Student Center for DePaul faculty, staff, students, trustees, and families. Santa Claus will share treats with the children and pose for photos.


Unlike most Christmas productions in the city, there is no admission charge for Christmas at DePaul. Instead, we request a donation to support St. Vincent de Paul Parish’s Food Pantry and Sandwich Window. The intention behind this event is that we celebrate this joyous season together while ministering to those in need in the spirit of Saint Vincent.

Below is a list of items that will impact the parish services in the greatest way. Cash or check donations will also be accepted at the doors. Checks should be made out to St. Vincent de Paul Outreach Commission.

  • Long Underwear for Adults (tops and bottoms)
  • Men's or women's white socks
  • Men's winter gloves (size Med-XL)
  • Men's or women's winter hats
  • Ground Coffee 39 oz or less
  • Hot Chocolate Mix
  • Green Tea
  • Sugar 5 lbs or less
  • Powdered Creamer
  • Pudding Cups
  • Apple Sauce

About St. Vincent de Paul Parish Services

The Saint Vincent’s Mother Seton Food Pantry and Sandwich Window 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 and Sandwich Window assistance to help make ends meet.

During the year, parishioner volunteers serve in the soup kitchen 6 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 faculty, 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.