Millikin Vespers

All handicap seats and discounted tickets (including Student age) must be purchased in person at the ticket office or over the phone 217.424.6318

  • Saturday, December 2 at 2:00 PM - New Time!!!
  • Saturday, December 2 at 7:30 PM - New Time!!!
  • *Sunday, December 3 at 2:00 PM - New Time!!!
  • *Sunday, December 3 at 7:30 PM - New Time!!!
Tickets: $12 Adults $10 Seniors & Children
Location: Kirkland Fine Arts Center

A Millikin Tradition

Millikin University will welcome the holiday season with the 59th annual Vespers celebration, to be held at the Kirkland Fine Arts Center at 2 and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2 and Sunday, Dec. 3. 

For fifty-eight years, Vespers (which means "evening prayers") has signaled the beginning of the holiday season with a sumptuous evening of carols, choirs and candlelight. Over 350 musicians join together for this joyous musical feast presented annually on Millikin’s campus. Songs from past centuries combined with familiar carols and arrangements create an evening of seasonal warmth for the whole family.  Vespers is one of Millikin’s most popular events, and has become a beloved tradition on campus and within the Decatur community.  Past recordings of Vespers may be purchased from First Step Records. If you can't attend tune in to 1340 WSOY AM or 102.9 WSOY FM/Y103; each will be doing a live broadcast of the event.


Tickets go on sale November 1, 2017 at 8 a.m. Tickets may be purchased at the Kirkland Fine Arts Center Ticket Office, by phone at 217.424.6318 or online. Kirkland Ticket Office hours are Monday-Friday 10 am - 5 pm. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for seniors. A $2.50 fee will be applied to credit card purchases. This is a per transaction fee, not per ticket, and applies to online and Ticket Office orders.

Due to the seamless nature of the 90 minute program, Vespers is not appropriate for children under 6 years of age.  Infants should also not be in attendance.

*The Sunday evening performance of Vespers will be recorded for later broadcast. While an exciting opportunity, patrons should expect production additions that might include but may not be limited to extra lighting, camera placements, and obstructed views. These added elements may impact the nuance of the performance. Patrons wishing to be a part of this televised performance should be aware of these minimal changes to the overall production.

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