Christmas with Wartburg ticket sales begin

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Waverly community members and Wartburg students wait in line for Christmas with Wartburg tickets. — Emily Novotny/TRUMPET

The Wartburg Ticket Office sold nearly 500 tickets for Christmas with Wartburg on the first day of sales Monday, Nov. 5.

“They’re moving fast,” Hans Pregler, production manager said. “We’re definitely seeing an increase in ticket sales. It was kind of fun watching the [Neumann] map and see seats disappearing left and right.”

Nearly 2,400 tickets have been sold overall so far. Last year, two out of the three performances were nearly sold out while over 2,000 people attended the show in West Des Moines.

This year, the first performance will be Nov. 30 at the Lutheran Church of Hope. Three other shows will be held in Neumann Auditorium Dec. 1–2.

Artistic Director for Christmas with Wartburg, Dr. Lee Nelson, said these numbers show how much energy is put into the productions.

“It’s a reflection of the students’ hard work and dedication to putting together a really meaningful concert experience for the audience,” Nelson said. “We’ve worked really hard for years and years.”

Wartburg Choir member Sarah Wilkin said her faith plays a big role in her passion for the show.

“Even though it’s busy and crazy, we do it with joy.” Wilkin said. “We sing for ourselves, for the audience and for the glory of God. So I just love that.”

This year’s theme, “The Winter Rose Blooms, Rejoice!” will focus not only on the birth of Jesus but also other historical events in the Bible. It will also introduce features such as a hand bell choir, new video effects and music written by a Wartburg student.

While this is Nelson’s fourth year at Wartburg College, he said the show’s quality continues to grow. This year will be the 65th Christmas with Wartburg program.

“We really are upholding a wonderful legacy of excellence that many conductors, students and artistic staff have built over time,” Nelson said.

Wilkin said since this is her last year of performing, she wants to leave the audience touched by what they see.

“I know that Christmas with Wartburg touches people and can really make the beauty of the Christmas story come alive,” Wilkin said with a smile. “And I am so thankful to be able to be a part of bringing that to people.”

Nelson said the success of Christmas with Wartburg goes beyond the music and helps people understand what the holiday season is meant to be about.

“People are drawn to excellence. There’s a real poignant message every year that really speaks to the hearts and minds of many people,” Nelson said. “I think people who come to it once say, ‘We really need to come to it again.’”

Tickets can be purchased online at, at the Wartburg Ticket Office in the Saemann Student Center or by calling the ticket office at 319-352-8691.

Wartburg students can receive a ticket for free with their college identification.

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