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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.
Christmas at DePaul 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.
Due to high demand, tickets are distributed via a lottery. Registration for the ticket lottery opens October 26th and closes November 15th. You can
register for the lottery from October 26 through November 15. Please only enter the lottery once. Those who have been selected through the lottery will be notified on November 18. Tickets are required for admittance to each performance of Christmas at DePaul.
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Following the Friday 7:00 p.m. performance and prior to the Friday 9:00 p.m. performance, there will be a Christmas party in the Student Center for the DePaul faculty, staff, students, trustees, and families. Santa Claus will share treats with the children and pose for photos with family and friends.
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.
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.
This event will follow all COVID-19 protocols. All attendees—regardless of vaccination status—must wear a facemask indoors. Please click here to learn more about DePaul's COVID health and safety practices and guidelines.
Lottery winners must either be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test dated no earlier than 72 hours prior to the event date.
Please be prepared to show proof of vaccination and an ID with a name that matches the name on the vaccination card at check-in. Your physical vaccination card or a picture of your card will be acceptable.
If a lottery winner elects to present negative test results, the results must also be accompanied by a picture ID at check-in.
Testing locations are listed on the Chicago Department of Public Health website.
This event is subject to change if the City of Chicago restricts in-person gatherings due to an increase in COVID-19 cases.