Advent Lessons and Carols


Advent Lessons and Carols at the Cathedral of St. Philip, Sunday, November 29, at 4 p.m. a perfect opportunity to step back from the hectic pace of the post-Thanksgiving, pre-Christmas season and take a few moments to contemplate the real meaning of the holiday.

Advent Lessons and Carols will be presented at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 29, at St. Martin in the Fields Episcopal Church, Brookhaven.

Joyful Noise Gospel Choir Concert at Agnes Scott College, Gaines Chapel, Presser Hall, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 8:00 p.m. No admission charge. The public is invited.

Advent & Christmas Choral Concert featuring the  Clark Atlanta University Philharmonic Society and University Choir,  7 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 1, at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 435 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta. The concert will benefit the Absalom Jones Episcopal Center and the Clark Atlanta University Choir.  A freewill offering will be taken.

Southern Folk Advent®, Saturday, December 5, 4:00 p.m., The Sonny Houston Bluegrass Band will provide bluegrass-Gospel music and preacher-scholar Brooks Holifield will speak at Meridian Herald’s 23nd annual Southern Folk Advent® Service. The event will be held at Old Church on the Oxford College campus in Oxford, Georgia. Admission is free. For more information and directions, see

Advent Lessons and Carols, 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, at the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany, Atlanta. The Epiphany Choir, along with the Hildegard Ensemble, the Junior Choir, the Intermediate and Beginning Choristers, and the Epiphany Ringers will perform.

Lessons and Carols, Holy Cross Anglican Cathedral, Dec. 13, 5:00 p.m., Oak Grove Road, Loganville, (770)466-2888. Seasonal Reception following. Childcare/Nursery provided.        


Cathedral of St. Philip's annual Festival of Nine Christmas Lessons & Carols by Candlelight is at 4 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 20. This service consists of various scriptural readings of the season punctuated by anthems and congregational carols. 2744 Peachtree Road, Atlanta 30305.



Fall Music Festival, Trinity Presbyterian Church, Sunday, Nov. 8, 11:00 a.m., Howell Mill Road, Atlanta 30327Advent and Christmas portions of the Messiah by George Frederick Handel with Trinity Chancel Choir and Soloists, Chamber Orchestra, Norman Mackenzie, Conductor


Joyful Noise Gospel Choir Concert at Agnes Scott College, Gaines Chapel, Presser Hall, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 8:00 p.m. No admission charge. The public is invited.

Harmonie Universelle presents a concert of cantatas and chamber music for Advent and Christmas at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, at St. Bede's Episcopal Church, Atlanta. The ensemble is joined by vocalists Wanda Yang Temko and Arietha Lockhart, Holly McCarren, Steven Johnstone, and Matthew Hoch. Admission is free; donations welcome.

Children's Christmas Concert, Peachtree Presbyterian Church, Sunday, Dec. 6, 4:00 p.m., 3434 Roswell Road, Atlanta 30305. And a Little Child Shall Lead Them...   Let the children of Peachtree show you the way to the Christ Child in this first Christmas Concert of the season. The concert is free and open to the public; nursery is available for children 3 and under.

The Choral Foundation in Georgia presents Zimria Festivale Atlanta concert SING HALLELUJAH! Thursday, Dec. 10, 7 p.m., Congregation Beth Shalom, 5303 Winters Chapel Road, Dunwoody 30360, choral works by Rossi, Lewandoski, Handel, Thompson, and Cohen and Chanukah favorites to celebrate the season. Tickets at the door or online here.


Just Voices community chamber chorus “Winter Light,” 15th Annual Christmas Concert, Virginia Highland Church, Saturday, Dec. 12, 7:30 p.m., 743 Virginia Highland Avenue NE, Atlanta 30306 The program will feature Edward Elgar’s “The Snow” and a chorale cantata by Dieterich Buxtehude for mixed chorus, two violins, and continuo. The concert will also include a cappella carols from Africa, the Philippines, Ireland, and Spain, as well as secular Christmas favorites. Adults $10, Students $5. For more information visit, or call (404) 875-3266.


Just Voices community chamber chorus  “Winter Light,” 15th Annual Christmas Concert, Holy Trinity Parish, Sunday, Dec. 13, 4:00 p.m., 515 East Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur 30030. The program will feature Edward Elgar’s “The Snow” and a chorale cantata by Dieterich Buxtehude for mixed chorus, two violins, and continuo. The concert will also include a cappella carols from Africa, the Philippines, Ireland, and Spain, as well as secular Christmas favorites. Adults $10, Students $5. For more information visit, or call (404) 875-3266.

Simpson Street Church of Christ extends an invitation to its First Annual Christmas Concert with Cantamos, Dec. 12, 4:30 p.m., 800 Joseph E. Boone Blvd. Atlanta 30314. All are welcome; there is no admission fee. The mission of the Cantamos ensemble is to restore and preserve the Negro Spiritual and other African-American choral compositions and arrangements. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear them.   For more information contact Walter Woods at

A Celtic Christmas with the Lynn Swanson Festival Singers with Celtic band and Irish step dancers.  Find out more and purchase tickets 

Saturday, Dec. 12, 7 p.m., St. Benedict’s Episcopal Church, 2160 Cooper Lake Road, Smyrna 30080

Sunday, Dec. 13, 3 p.m., St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, 1790 LaVista Road, Atlanta 30329

Soprano Maggie Taylor will sing a program of seasonal music, both popular and classical, and bring along some friends for duets and trios, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, at St. Catherine's Episcopal Church, Marietta. Taylor, a graduate of Samford University, is becoming well known around the South for her roles in opera and musical theater. 

Christmas with Atlanta Master Chorale, Emory University’s Schwartz Center, 1700 N. Decatur Rd., Atlanta 30322. Concerts are Dec. 12 and Dec. 13 at 8 and 4 p.m. The melodies, familiar and strange, enliven memories long forgotten and give birth to hope for a world. With these songs, the season arrives in our hearts. We are gathered. It feels like home. These concerts will sell out! Buy December 12 Tickets. Buy December 13 Tickets.

Third Sunday in Advent, Dec. 13, will be a special day of music at 11 a.m. worship at Northside Drive Baptist Church, 3100 Northside Drive, Atlanta 30305, the Sanctuary Choir, along with brass and organ, will lead a special service presenting a work by K. Lee Scott, “Christmas Cantata: The Incarnation,” and “Christmas Gloria,” by Allen Pote. The Children's choirs will also sing.

Covenant Presbyterian Church, Dec. 13, Lessons & Carols Service at 11 a.m., followed by a Global Gift Market all afternoon. The day will end with caroling on the front plaza. Covenant is located at 2461 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta 30305. Worship Services

“Ku Imba Mungu"...Sing to God an African Advent Concert, St. Paul Lutheran Church, 2569 Tilson Rd., Decatur, Sunday, December 13, at 5:00 p.m. All are welcome! Contact the church at 404-241-2524 for additional information.

St. Paul's Episcopal Church offers its 12th annual Christmas Concert, "Festival Sounds of the Season," at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13, at Sisters Chapel on the Spelman College campus. Trey Clegg is the director and conductor. Tickets are $25 and may be purchased here >

Magnificat! A Christmas Festival Concert Peachtree Presbyterian Church, Sunday, Dec. 13, 7:00-8:30 p.m., 3434 Roswell Road, Atlanta 30305. Voices, organ, bells, piano, harp, strings, and drums celebrate the season of Christmas. Featuring the premier of 2 works by Atlanta composer Michael Kurth. “Homemade Sweets and Treats” reception hosted by Peachtree Presbyterian Women in the Williams Center. The concert is free and open to the public; nursery is available for children 4 and under.

Blue Grass Christmas at Oak Grove UMC, 1722 Oak Grove Road, Decatur 30033, Monday, Dec. 14, 6:15 p.m., Fellowship Hall. This involves food and reservations should be made here.

Christmas with the Choral Guild of Atlanta, Northside Drive Baptist Church, Tuesday, Dec. 15, 7:30 p.m., 3100 Northside Drive, Atlanta 30305. The mission of the Choral Guild of Atlanta is to program the outstanding choral works from all musical periods, including works that are not often performed. For concert information visit: Concert information. Email or call (404)223-6362.

Atlanta Young Singers will perform a holiday tribute to famed conductor Robert Shaw, Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 2855 Briarcliff Road, Atlanta 30329, Friday, Dec. 18, and Saturday, Dec. 19, at 8:00 p.m.  Tickets at

Christmas Concert at First Presbyterian Atlanta, 1328 Peachtree St., Atlanta 30309, will feature Vivaldi’s Gloria with choir and orchestra, Sunday, Dec. 20, 9:30 a.m., in the sanctuary.

Coro Vocati vocal ensemble will present Christmas and Advent music, Sunday, Dec. 20, 3:00 p.m., This is part of the All Saints’ Episcopal Church Concert Series, 634 West Peachtree Street, Atlanta. Ticket information here.

Come sing or just sit back and enjoy a Messiah Sing-Along, Sunday, Dec. 20, 3-4 p.m., at Roswell United Methodist Church, 814 Mimosa Blvd., Roswell 30075. Cost is $10. Tickets and more information are at or call (770)594-7974

Christmas at Oak Grove, Oak Grove UMC, Sunday, Dec. 20, 4:30 p.m. and again at 7:00 p.m. Music of Christmas presented by choirs, soloists, and orchestra. Tickets are free but are required. They are in the church office at 1722 Oak Grove Road, Decatur 30033.  More info.

The Christmas Concert at Christian Church at East Point, Sunday, December 20, 5 p.m. with a dessert reception to follow, 1706 Washington   Road, East Point 30344 Call or email for more information or (404)844-4314.

Sacred Harp Sing at Church of Our Saviour, 1068 North Highland Avenue, Atlanta 30306, Sunday, Dec. 20, 6-8 p.m. Mini singing school from 6:00-6:25 followed by singing. All shaped note enthusiasts are welcome. Come to Garrison Hall at the church.

The Georgia Boy Choir will sing holiday classics at Peachtree Road UMC, 3180 Peachtree Road, Atlanta 30305, Friday, Dec. 18, and Saturday, Dec. 19. At 7:00 p.m.  Tickets  here.

Lake Oconee Community Church will worship on Christmas Eve with Jazz Carols, Thursday, Dec. 24, 9:00 p.m., The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee.

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