Lessons and Carols ticket update as of 12/5

Thu, 12/05/2019

UPDATE: As of 12/5, all tickets have been distributed for both nights of Lessons and Carols, but check back at cornelltickets.com periodically in case tickets get returned. Limited tickets may be available at the door as capacity allows.

For ticketholders:

  • Bring your ticket(s) on your smartphone, or printed out.
  • Enter through the South entrance of Sage Chapel (closest to the Cornell Store) between 6:45pm-7:15pm. There is no indoor waiting area at Sage Chapel.
  • Your ticket expires at 7:15pm, so please arrive before then to guarantee a seat inside. At 7:15pm, any empty seats will be made available to the standby line.

Those without tickets may join the standby line at the North entrance of Sage Chapel (closest to Olin Library). After 7:15pm, the standby line will be admitted if there are seats available.



Cornell University's Lessons and Carols is a treasured annual tradition during the holidays, featuring a performance by the Cornell University Chorus and Glee Club, interspersed with audience carols and traditional readings by members of the Cornell community.

To provide a better audience experience, free tickets will be available online in advance, starting on November 18 at cornelltickets.com 

To reserve a ticket, log-in (or register with your email address to create an account) to obtain a ticket for Dec. 8 or 9 (be sure to select the correct date you would like to attend). Print your ticket, or bring it on your smartphone, and enter Sage Chapel through the south entrance between 6:45-7:15pm. The doors will not open before 6:45pm, and there is no indoor waiting area. Willard Straight Hall is available as an indoor waiting area with restrooms. Your entire party should try to enter together if you plan to sit together. There is a limit of 2 tickets per user account.


Do I need to wait in line at Sage Chapel?

No more waiting in line in the cold! Tickets are valid for entry until 7:15pm, so no need to line up outside far in advance. After 7:15pm, any remaining seats will be made available to the standby line.

What happens if all the tickets are claimed?

There will be a standby line on the north entrance side of Sage Chapel. At 7:15pm, standby will be admitted as capacity allows.

Do I have to be affiliated with Cornell to use the ticketing system?

No! Anyone can make an account and claim a ticket.

Can children attend?

Yes, children are welcome but each person must have a ticket for entry.

What if I need accessibility accommodations?

Please contact lag277@cornell.edu by Dec. 2 to make advance arrangements for any accommodations.

Christmas Tree in Sage Chapel