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Celebrating the Christmas Spirit at Central Catholic

Celebrating the Christmas Spirit at Central Catholic

The Christmas Spirit is alive and well at Central Catholic - whether it’s our participation in local Festival of Trees, our 3rd Annual Winter Prism Concert presented by our Bands and Choirs, the many ways we fulfill the Giving Spirit of Christ and the Marist Family, or our annual Family Christmas Gift-Wrapping Party hosted by our Student Alumni Association! What better time to celebrate the spirit, talents, and generosity of our students than during the Christmas season?

Join us at a Festival of Trees!

Central Catholic participates in several local Tree Festivals.

We look forward to seeing you at…

Central Catholic Night at the Methuen Festival of Trees

Wed., Dec. 4, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM, 13 Branch St., Methuen, MA 01844 

The Methuen Festival of Trees has been a marvel of the Merrimack Valley for over two decades. Featuring over 240 trees, wreaths and displays that you could win, the Festival of Trees has something for everyone. Enjoy this holiday tradition at a discounted price, on Wednesday, December 4, if wearing Central Catholic gear or with a valid CCHS I.D!

Central Catholic Night at the Sea Festival of Trees

Fri., Dec. 6, 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM, Blue Ocean Music Hall, 4 Ocean Front N, Salisbury, MA 01952

Join Central Catholic at the 7th Annual Sea Festival of Trees - a holiday wonderland by the sea featuring a giant maze of sparkling holiday trees, holiday stage performances, the Seaside Ice Rink and skate rentals, visits with Santa, and more. The Festival runs from Saturday, November 23 to Sunday, December 8.

Christmas Events at Central Catholic

Two students decorating a Christmas tree.

The Raider Family Christmas Gift-Wrapping Party

Sat., Dec. 14, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM, Baroni Hall, Central Catholic High School

Alumni, friends, and current families are invited to join us for a Family Christmas Gift Wrapping Party hosted by the Student Alumni Association. Bring your family and enjoy hot chocolate, treats, holiday crafts, and songs with a special appearance by Santa himself!

Each family is asked to bring one toy to donate. SAA members will wrap the gifts to be donated to the Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence at their annual Christmas Party.

Register Today

The 3rd Annual Winter Prism Concert

Presented by the Central Catholic Bands and Choirs

Sat., Dec. 14, 7:00 PM, Memorial Gymnasium, Central Catholic High School

Listen, relax, and enjoy the sounds of Winter and Christmas! Admission is free. Refreshments will be served.

Band Performances featuring...

Jazz Band, Percussion Ensemble, Concert Band, Chamber Ensembles.

Choral performances featuring...

A cappella group Central Harmony and the Concert Choir.

Musical Directors...

  • Ms. Danielle Marine, Band Director
  • Mr. Willie Jones, Choral Director
Bro. Rene Roy  stading at podium in Memorial Gymnasium near an Advent wreath

The School-Wide Advent Prayer Service

Fri., Dec. 20, Memorial Gymnasium, Central Catholic High School

The entire school community will come together in the Memorial Gymnasium to celebrate the Christmas Season during the annual Advent Prayer Service.

Click here to submit a special intention that will be remembered in a special way during Advent and throughout the year.

The Boston Sympony Orchestra performing a concert

Raider Night at the Boston Pops

Fri., Dec. 20, 8:00 PM, Boston Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston, MA 02115

A group of alumni, friends, parents, and staff will be participating in Raider Night at the Boston Pops. Holiday Pops is a performance filled with holiday music favorites, the traditional Pops sing-along, and a visit from Santa Claus himself! Tickets are $50.00 per person and were first-come, first-serve. Be sure to sign up when tickets become available next year!

Four students performing, standing at microphones, at the 2018 Visions Christmas Coffeehouse

Visions Christmas Coffeehouse

Sat., Dec. 21, 6:00 PM, Baroni Hall, Central Catholic High School

Students and faculty are invited to come and join the staff of Visions Literary & Arts Magazine for our annual Christmas Coffeehouse. Enjoy a night full of entertainment, art, food, and holiday cheer! 

Sharing the Spirit of Christmas

The Christmas Project logo - bring JOY to our community

The Christmas Project: Bringing Christmas to Those in Need

Each year, the CCHS community works to support families in need throughout the Merrimack Valley through this student-run program. We do this by adopting approximately 50 families each year from the community, sent to us from local agencies, including Catholic Charities and Lazarus House Ministries. Each homeroom is assigned one of these families and is given a wish list of items that this family would like to receive at Christmas. Money is raised through various fundraisers to purchase these items, helping each family have a better Christmas. The CCHS community raises $8,000 annually for the Christmas Project. Thank you for your support of this important initiative!

Key Dates

  • Collection Day #1: Thurs., 12/5 
  • Collection Day #2: Mon., 12/9 
  • Collection Day #3: Tues., 12/10
  • Bake Sale: Wed., 12/11 & Thurs., 12/12
  • Raffle Ticket Sales: Thurs., 12/12 - Wed., 12/18
  • Shopping: Thurs., 12/12 - Sun., 12/15
  • Drop off: Mon., 12/16

The Christmas Project Team

  • Students: Clare Fallon '20, Jason Kenneally '20, Olivia Camacho '20, Hugh O'Connor '21, Caleb Scotch '23
  • Faculty: Mrs. Vicki Blaszak, Campus Minister; Mrs. Diana Chase, Religious Studies Teacher; Mr. Tim Hart '85, Religious Studies Teacher
Six students, jumping for joy, in red CCHS gear at the 2019 Methuen Festival of Trees

Christmas Vacation begins at dismissal on Fri., Dec. 20

Have a Merry Christmas and a safe, fun, and relaxing Christmas break!

Classes will resume on Monday, Jan. 6.

Raider Athletics: Catch a Wave with the Red Sea

Students in stands, all in red, arms extended as they root on their team.

Join us as we root on Raider Athletics during the winter season!

For schedules and updates, visit the MVC schedule page and follow CCRaider_sports on Twitter.
Be sure to check out the new Raider Café when attending games in the Memorial Gymnasiums!
Go, Raiders!

Supporting Central Catholic

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.

Make an End-of-Year Gift!

December 31 is the final day to make a tax-deductible gift for the 2019 tax year.

Make Your Gift

AmazonSmile logo with Christmas lights background - You Shop. Amazon Gives.

Support CCHS Through AmazonSmile

We are happy to report that Central Catholic receives donations from Amazon through the AmazonSmile program. AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service. If you select Central Catholic High School as the recipient of Amazon's donation, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases year-round to CCHS.

Begin today by clicking here.

Now you are ready to shop on Amazon as you would normally do. The donation to CCHS happens behind the scenes after you place an order. Remember, always start at We encourage you to pass this on to friends and family.

Students and staff in CCHS winter hats and scarves, posing for the Christymas card photo, laughing and smiling.

Wishing you a joyful Christmas season and a Blessed New Year!

Central Catholic High School
A College Preparatory High School of Excellence in the Marist Tradition

Founded by the Marist Brothers in the heart of Lawrence, Massachusetts in 1935, Central Catholic High School enrolls 1,200 students from over 60 cities and towns and several countries. Students come from diverse backgrounds to form a caring community of faith, learning, and service. They advance to college in overwhelming numbers (nearly 100%) and move on to successful careers and positions of leadership in government, business, industry, academia, and professions.

Central Catholic High School is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

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Mission: Central Catholic High School makes Jesus known and loved.
We educate the whole person for college and for life, with particular care for the least favored and those in need.