Christmas at Susquehanna: The 50th Anniversary Candlelight Service premieres on WVIA-TV, November 30 at 8 p.m. | WVIA

Christmas at Susquehanna: The 50th Anniversary Candlelight Service premieres on WVIA-TV, November 30 at 8 p.m.

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PITTSTON, Pa. – On Thursday, November 30 at 8 p.m. WVIA Public Media along with Susquehanna University will premiere Christmas at Susquehanna: The 50th Anniversary Candlelight Service. The program, distributed by American Public Television will also air on over 100 public television stations nationwide throughout December.


Recorded in December 2016 at Susquehanna University’s Weber Chapel with over 1,500 candles, the program captures the voices of students, faculty, staff, alumni, families and community members joining together to celebrate the 50th year of the cherished tradition.


First held on December 15, 1966, Susquehanna University’s annual Christmas candlelight service features carols as well as readings and songs in celebration of the season.


The service features numerous student musical ensembles, including the Susquehanna University Choir, University Chorale, Chamber Singers, Handbell Choir and Brass Ensemble. Musical highlights include: “Hark! The Hearld Angels Sing,” “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” “We Three Kings,” “Silent Night” and more.


“We are so happy to showcase this beautiful concert event from Susquehanna University with our viewers.” said Tom Curra, WVIA President / CEO and Executive Producer.


Encores of the program will air on Friday, December 1 at 2 p.m., Sunday, December 3 at noon, Tuesday December 19 at 4 p.m., Thursday, December 21 at 2 p.m., Saturday, December 23 at 9 p.m., Sunday, December 24 at 11 a.m. & 8 p.m., Monday, December 25 at 10 a.m. & 7 p.m., Thursday, December 28 at 9 p.m. and Friday, December 29 at 3 p.m. on WVIA-TV.



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