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Navidad: The Journey to Bethlehem

Navidad: A Journey to Bethlehem

Celebrate the Christmas season with the voices and instruments of Concordia University Irvine. This year, we are once again blessed to share our annual celebration of the Christmas season with local audiences at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, and with a national audience through our made-for-TV Christmas special featured on PBS.

Christmas Concerts at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall

Under the theme Concordia Christmas - Navidad: A Journey to Bethlehem, Concordia’s critically-acclaimed choirs, handbells, and orchestra share a sojourn to the birth of the world’s long-awaited Savior! This year’s concerts showcase more than 200 performers from eight vocal and instrumental performing ensembles under the masterful direction of Dr. Michael Busch, Dr. Jeff Held, Dr. Clarissa Shan, and Erik Der. Enjoy festive carols and Christmas favorites, old and new. Concordia's Christmas concerts are a highlight of the holiday season, so get your tickets today at!

Saturday, December 9, 2023
4:00 pm & 7:30 pm
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall

Made-for-TV PBS Christmas Special

Concordia’s celebration of Christmas continues throughout the month of December as Navidad: A Concordia Christmas airing on local and national PBS stations. Concordia’s fourth annual made-for-TV Christmas special includes choral, instrumental, and readings reflecting this year’s theme. Check back in December for local listings.

This year’s theme, Navidad, reflects on the cherished tradition of Las Posadas. Celbrated in Mexico and other Latin American countries, Las Posadas focuses on Mary and Joseph’s journey door-to-door in search of shelter. After many closed doors, being rejected and turned away, their sojourn ends in a joyful celebration, the wondrous birth of Christ in a humble stable.

TV Premiere

Navidad: A Concordia Christmas

Friday, Dec 22, 2022 - 8:00PM


Our Christmas specials, "Navidad: A Concordia Christmas" and "The Thrill of Hope: A Concordia Christmas," will air on national PBS affiliates throughout the country in the month of December.

Navidad: A Journey to Bethlehem

PBS SoCal 1

PBS SoCal 2


The Thrill of Hope: A Concordia Christmas

PBS SoCal 1

PBS SoCal 2


Past Events

A Thrill of Hope

A Concordia Christmas 2022: A Thrill of Hope


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Repeat the Sounding Joy

A Concordia Christmas 2021: Repeat the Sounding Joy

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All is Bright

A Concordia Christmas 2020: All is Bright


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Students in Choir singing at Christmastime

Concordia Christmas

Watch Concordia's recordings from Christmas on our Youtube Playlist

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