At 6:00pm and 8:00pm, Thursday, December 2, 2021, Southwestern’s annual holiday tradition of Candlelight Services will take place in the Lois Perkins Chapel.

Originally called the Christmas Carol Service, the 104-year tradition of Candlelight began under the direction of Phoebe Eleanor Jones Bishop—wife of Dr. Charles McTyeire Bishop, the University’s president from 1910 to 1921—with the assistance of Laura Kuykendall, who served Southwestern variously as an instructor of expression, the director of the girls’ gymnasium, and the dean of women from 1914 to 1953. The 1915 service consisted of a processional of 125 women singing Christmas hymns while accompanied by the Southwestern University Orchestra. It also included a prayer from one of the Methodist pastors in attendance, the singing of several holiday carols, the reading of a Christmas story, and a buffet dinner. At its inception, Candlelight was described as “the most beautiful and elaborate pre-Christmas entertainment ever given at Southwestern.” 

Southwestern welcomes all members of the campus and Georgetown communities to these long-cherished festivities. However, due to COVID, seating will be limited and masks will be required for all attendees. Please RSVP for either the 6:00pm service or the 8:00pm service if you plan to attend.