Christmas at Augustana

Christmas at Augustana


Join us for these Augustana Christmas events:

Christmas Vespers

Dec. 14 in the Twin CitiesAU Christmas Vespers

Join us for Christmas Vespers 2018, a celebration of the birth of Christ featuring Augustana’s four choirs, the orchestra, brass and organ, presented by the Augustana Performing and Visual Arts.

Upcoming performance:

  • Friday, Dec. 14, at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church, located at 900 Stillwater Road in Mahtomedi, Minnesota. Performance time is:
    • 7 p.m.
    • New this year: join the students and alumni/friends for an Italian buffet dinner ($12) provided by Donatelli's. Limited to the first 150 guests and served at 5:30 p.m. in the Great Hall at St. Andrew's.
    • Refreshments follow the performance in the Welcome Center.

Tickets are $17 for adults, $12 for seniors (65+), and $10 for students K-12 and Augie students with an ID. Buy tickets.

Dr. Paul Nesheim directs The Augustana Choir and Chamber Choir. The orchestra is led by Dr. Peter Folliard, and Dr. Lisa Grevlos and Dr. Russell Svenningsen direct Angelus and the University Chorale. Dr. Christopher Unger directs the brass ensemble.

Dec. 22-25 Broadcast Dates and Times

We are pleased and grateful the following stations will broadcast an hour-long version of the 2018 Christmas Vespers program on the following dates and times:

Christmas Instrumental Concert

Thursday, Dec. 6, at the Washington PavilionChristmas concert by Augustana University

Join us for "'Postcards from the North Pole," a free instrumental concert featuring more than 130 musicians from the Augustana bands, the Northlanders Jazz Band and more, at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 6, at the Washington Pavilion in historic downtown Sioux Falls.

This special event is designed to celebrate the magic and joy of the season and is presented free as a Christmas gift from Augustana to residents of Sioux Falls and the area. Join us as we not only rejoice in the season, but celebrate the 100th anniversary of Augustana University in the city of Sioux Falls!

Free tickets are available at the Washington Pavilion. All seats are reserved. Reserve your free ticket today.

Gift Ideas from the Center for Western Studies

CWS gift shopLooking for a special gift this holiday season? Through Friday, Dec. 21, save 30% on all books and 20% on all jewelry and pottery in the CWS Gift Shop! Come see the unique offerings by local artists, a selection of which you can view in this Facebook album, as well as other jewelry, holiday cards, books and art prints. Stop by Monday-Friday, 8 a.m - 5 p.m., or call 605.274.4007 to inquire about specific pieces.

AU Ornaments for the Holidays

Celebrate your holidays in style with ornaments from the Augustana Bookstore.

Augustana University ornamentBookstore Regular Fall Hours

  • Monday - Thursday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Friday: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • Sunday: Closed

Bookstore Holiday Hours

  • Saturday, Dec. 8: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. - 10 p.m. for semester shutdown
  • Sunday, Dec. 9: Closed
  • Monday, Dec. 10 - Thursday, Dec. 13: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 
    *Rental textbooks due Thursday, Dec. 13*
  • Friday, Dec. 14: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 15 & Sunday, Dec. 16: Closed
  • Monday, Dec. 17 - Friday, Dec. 21: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 22 - Wednesday, Dec. 26: Closed
  • Thursday, Dec. 27 - Friday, Dec. 28: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 29 - Tuesday, Jan. 1: Closed


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Christmas Giving on Campus

In an effort to help those in need this holiday season, Augustana students are collecting donations and gifts for area teens and families in need. Learn more about how you can help.