This celebration is a cultural as well as a religious event and is ecumenical in participation.   There is no sermon, and this event is conducted entirely in the German language.   The Christmas Story is simply told through Scripture, prayers, German Christmas poetry, congregational and choral singing and instrumental music.  Both the Beethoven Maennerchor and the San Antonio Liederkranz choirs perform, and Dr. David Heller, the Trinity University organist, accompanies them.  Over the years, this has become one of the most important German Christmas celebrations in our multicultural San Antonio area.

“Die Deutsche Weihnachtsfeier”, is open to the public, and admission is absolutely free.  The Weihnachtsfeier usually lasts about one and one-quarter hours.

The Origin of San Antonio's German Weihnachtsfeier

Weihnachtsfeier has its roots in the 1904 establishment of the German Evangelical Friedens Church by the German Evangelical Synod of North America. (The Synod was an American manifestation of the Evangelical Church of the Prussian Union [1817] in Germany, wherein the King of Prussia united the Lutheran and Reformed churches in his realm.) Since 1904, due to two denominational mergers and a 1978 local church union, the former German Evangelical Friedens Church now forms a part of the Bethany Congregational Church of the United Church of Christ in San Antonio

Die Deutsche Weihnachtsfeier

Reverend John B. Culver, a long time steward of the WeihnachtsfeierWeihnachtsfeier 2011Die Deutsche Weihnachtsfeier

Die Anzündung der Kerzen

  • Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht...

Die Vorlesung von einem Weihnachtsgedicht

Deutsches Gebäck nach der Weihnachtsfeier !