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The Candlelight YouTube Stream will be played here

starting on Friday, December 18 at 5:30 PM.

2020 Program

Click on any of the images below to view this year’s Candlelight program.

History of Candlelight

Candlelight is an annual event which honors and celebrates the various traditions that are held around the Winter Solstice. Historically, on the darkest night of the year, cultural and religious groups have marked this time with ceremonies which involve lighting candles and gathering as communities. While these holidays are not necessarily the most important to these cultural and religious groups, Harley chooses to present those that fall around the Solstice. 


Harley’s Candlelight celebration originally began as a way for the school community to gather together to sing Christmas carols and usher everyone into Winter break. Over time, as the diversity of Harley’s community grew, Candlelight expanded to include celebrations around Christmas and Hanukkah. During the last thirty years, Candlelight has included all cultural and religious traditions authentically celebrated by our Middle and Upper School families. This is not merely a survey of all celebrations at this time. Harley deliberately surveys Grade 5-12 students each year to gather what is authentically celebrated, adjusting the traditions that are presented to reflect that year’s community. This year’s traditions are: Hanukkah, Eid-al-Adha, Diwali, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Gana ‘yasta. Winter Solstice, and Lunar New Year. From there, the music department selects music to represent and reflect those celebrations. Alumni and former faculty are all invited to attend Candlelight when they are in the area. 

Making of Candlelight Podcast

This year one of our oldest traditions, Candlelight, has been completely re-concept and reconstructed because of the COVID pandemic. Join us for a peek behind-the-scenes with two of our planners, Dr. Terry Smith and Ben Burroughs, to learn more about how we allowed the tradition to continue!

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