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'Tis the Season in Raider Nation

'Tis the Season in Raider Nation

The Christmas Spirit is alive and well at Central Catholic with many events and activities to celebrate the Christmas and Advent Season while caring for those in need!

*Update #1: The Winter Band & Chorus Concert photos have been posted!

*Update #2: The Christmas Prayer Service photos have been posted!

Three students in front of a Merry Christmas image


The Raider Family Christmas Gift-Wrapping Party

Saturday, December 9, 2023 - Memorial Gymnasium

Click here to view and download photos on SmugMug.

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the Raider Family Christmas Gift-Wrapping Party!

Congratulations to the Student Alumni Association on a wonderful event and for collecting over 500 gifts for our families and neighbors in need. Well done!


VISIONS Christmas Coffeehouse

Saturday, December 9, 2023 - Baroni Hall

Click here to view and download photos on SmugMug.

Students and staff were invited to come celebrate the Christmas Season with our first Visions Coffeehouse of the year - our annual Christmas Coffeehouse - brought to you by the Visions Literary & Arts Magazine!

Coffeehouse showcases the talents of students and faculty from across our CCHS community!


The Winter Band & Chorus Concert

7:00 PM, Saturday, December 14, 2022 - Allan B. Rogers Memorial Theater

Click here to view and download the photos on SmugMug.

Featuring performances by Central Catholic's band and choral groups, including:

  • Concert Band
  • Jazz Band
  • Flute Quartet
  • Concert Choir
  • Central Harmony


Click here to read the concert preview article, Nutcracker Jingles and More.


The Christmas Project

The Christmas Project logo - bring JOY to our community

For over 20 years, The Christmas Project at Central Catholic has been delivering a Merry Christmas to local families in need - fulfilling the tradition of helping the least favored this Advent and Christmas season!

This year’s leadership team has partnered with Catholic Charities of the Merrimack Valley and Lazarus House to provide gifts to families and is rallying the CCHS Community to support this important effort.

Through our partnership, and by the generosity of many others, these agencies are able to connect with the many families that they serve in our local communities every day.

We need your help by Monday December 18, 2023.

Click here to support the Christmas Project


A Raider Winter Wonderland

The Central Catholic Campus in December

Student by a Christmas Tree

The Student Council and the Office of Student Activities are sponsoring a Central Festival of Trees and other fun activities, including ornament decorating and trivia contests, leading up to Christmas,

Clubs, Departments, Sports Teams, and other groups volunteered to decorate a tree. Six foot tall, artificial, un-lit trees were provided for participating groups.

The trees are on display around the school for the month of December.


Christmas in the Catalano Memorial Library

Library dedicated to the Memory of G. Thomas Catalano '50 and Marie Catalano
Images of the library

The Catalano Memorial Library is celebrating Christmas and a love of reading in a number of different ways, including:

  • 'Tis the Season for Reading Raffles
  • Blind Date with a Book Bag, Christmas Edition
  • 'These Books Sleigh Me' Display
  • Share Your Holiday Memory!
  • Holiday Romance Books display, inspired by the Hallmark Channel Countdown to Christmas movies
  • Best Books of 2023, Central Catholic Edition

Visit the Catalano Memorial Library Page


The Cinema Club presents ELF

Thursday, December 21 - Room 313 in the South Wing

Elf poster

The Cinema Club will be showing the seasonal classic Elf.

Students, faculty, and staff are invited to come on by for some hot chocolate and get in the spirit!

New members are always welcome.


The Advent & Christmas Prayer Service

10:00 AM, Friday, December 22 - Memorial Gymnasium

Click here to view and download photos on SmugMug.

The Central Catholic community comes together to celebrate the Christmas season with the annual Advent & Christmas Prayer Service.


Alumnae Girls Basketball Game

Sunday, December 24, 2023 - Memorial Gymnasium

Photo of basketball players

Alumnae from the Girls Basketball Team are invited back to campus for the Alumnae Girls Basketball Game.

Click here to sign up.


Tournament Logo

Commonwealth Motors Christmas Classic Basketball Tournament

December 27, 28, and 30, 2023 - Merrimack College, North Andover

Raider Opening Games

Raider Girls Varsity Basketball vs. Beverly

  • 3:15 PM, Wednesday, December 27, 2023
  • Hammel Court, Merrimack College

Raider Boys Varsity Basketball vs. Haverhill

  • 4:15 PM, Wednesday, December 27, 2023
  • Lawler Arena, Merrimack College

Full Schedules

Boys bracket
Girls Bracket

Visit the Commonwealth Motors Christmas Classic Facebook page.


Christmas Vacation

Merry Christmas drawing

Have a safe, fun, and relaxing Christmas break!

The last day of classes is Friday, December 22, and Christmas Break begins on Saturday, December 23.

Classes will resume on Monday, January 8.

Office Hours During Christmas Break

Please note the following schedule for the Main Office over Christmas Vacation:

  • Closed Monday, December 25 - Merry Christmas!
  • Closed Tuesday, December 26
  • Wednesday, December 27: 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Thursday, December 28: 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Closed Friday, December 29
  • Closed Monday, January 1 - Happy New Year!
  • Closed Tuesday, January 2 - Happy Founder's Day! (Marist Brothers)
  • Wednesday, January 3: 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Thursday, January 4: 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Friday, January 5: 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Before visiting the school, please confirm that the person or office you need to see or visit is available and is not on vacation or unavailable due to other commitments.

School Directory


Holiday Shopping

Raider Campus Store - South Wing

Hats and sweatshirts

The Raider Campus Store offers a wide range of Central Catholic High School apparel, novelties, and school supplies.

Raider Campus Store

Christmas Hours

  • Thursday, December 14, 2023
    • 5:45 PM - 6:45 PM
    • (Prior to the Winter Band & Chorus Concert)

Weekly Hours

  • Monday through Friday
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

**Note: there may be times when the Raider Campus Store will not be open during these times due to volunteer coverage.

To view our catalog and make an online purchase, visit:

Online Raider Campus Store

Online orders will be shipped once a week.

**Please note in order to receive your items in time for Christmas, orders to be shipped must be placed by Monday, December 11 and for pickup by Monday, December 18..


Supporting Central Catholic

Statue of Mary in Courtyard in front of Central Cathokc High School sign

The Central Catholic experience is made possible by the generous support of our parents, alumni, and friends. The Christmas Season is an important reminder of our many blessings.

December 31 is the final day to make a tax-deductible gift for the 2023 tax year.

Click here for various ways to maximize the impact of your end-of-year giving.

Make Your Gift


Window with Merry Christmas painted on it

The Central Catholic High School family wishes you and your loved ones the precious gifts of good health, joy, peace, and love this Christmas season and every day ahead.