Christmas Concert & Celebration

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Dec 17, 2017Santa Cruz Mountains | Conference Center

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Music for the holiday season highlight the 40th annual series of Christmas concerts and buffet dinners, plus the 21st annual Christmas Crafts Boutique for December 2017. Concert starts at 2:30pm Buffet seatings are from 11:30am to 12:30pm.


Greene, Buddy

Buddy Greene

A songwriter who has written one of the most recognizable songs in the world (Mary Did You Know?) might be tempted to rest on his laurels. A performer who has played before 250,000 people in New York’s Central Park might consider curtailing his busy tour schedule. However, as he celebrates his 30th anniversary as a recording artist, Buddy Greene is still making music, and sharing it with audiences across the country.

In fact, the Dove-award winning singer/songwriter's newest album, Someday, is being embraced as one of his most musically adventurous and lyrically potent collections to date. And while Someday is delighting audiences, Greene is also jumping into another recording project that will be somewhat of a retrospective of the past 30-plus years.

“The thing I’m most joyful about in my music career is to have met so many wonderfully talented people and to be able to make some music with them along the way,” Greene says. “A lot of people I’ve worked with over the years are not well-known, just hard-working studio musicians, but you realize they have a special talent and wonderful personalities. You appreciate what they do and to be able to know them and make music with them and work on some projects together, it’s just been a huge privilege.”

In addition to being in the creative trenches with some of the industry’s unsung heroes, Greene has also worked with the most celebrated names in the music industry, among them Bill & Gloria Gaither, the late Jerry Reed, and Mark Lowry, with whom he wrote the Christmas classic “Mary, Did You Know?” The song has been recorded numerous times, including covers by Kenny Rogers, Wynonna, Natalie Cole, Glen Campbell, Kathy Mattea, CeeLo Green, Clay Aiken and Pentatonix. Greene has performed for more than a quarter of a million people in New York’s Central Park as part of a Billy Graham Crusade. He has been a part of Praise Gatherings for more than two decades and toured all over the world.

Greene knew at an early age that he wanted to connect with people through music. “My earliest memories are singing. When I was four or five-years-old, I remember singing ‘you ain’t nothing but a hound dog’” the Macon, GA native says referencing Elvis Presley’s early hit. “When I got older, I was finding neighborhood musicians and starting my own little band. I played all through high school, and even before I got out of college, I was moonlighting and trying to figure out how to make a living with it.”

After making a name for himself around Macon, Greene graduated to the national stage when he landed a gig playing guitar and harmonica for country entertainer Jerry Reed and serving as his opening act. After four years performing with Reed, Greene was ready to fly solo. “I remember when I was leaving for Nashville as a newly married young man, going to chase my dream, and my mother looked at me and said, ‘What are you going to do when you turn 50?’” Greene recalls with a chuckle. “Well the Lord’s been looking out for me.”

Indeed he has. Since taking up residence in Nashville, Greene has developed a reputation as an insightful songwriter, compelling vocalist and musician of considerable skill. To put it simply, Greene is just a born communicator and music is the language he uses to share the gospel.

Special Features

Craft Boutique


Featuring over 30 Craft Exhibitors, with original and exclusive creations. Come and enjoy a cup of coffee or hot cider as you peruse gifts for your friends and family. You’ll find decorations for your own home and of course that one thing that you can’t put down. Proceeds from the sale benefit Mount Hermon’s Campership Fund, to provide scholarships for those who attend camps and conferences.

Craft Boutique Location & Hours
Multipurpose Room below Dining Hall

Friday, Dec 8: 1:30pm–7:30pm
Saturday, Dec 9: 1:30pm–7:30pm
Sunday, Dec 10: 11:00am–3:00pm

Friday, Dec 15: 1:30pm–7:30pm
Saturday, Dec 16: 1:30pm–7:30pm
Sunday, Dec 17: 11:00am–3:00pm

Book Shop

Join us December 8–10 & 15–17 for the Mount Hermon Book Shop Christmas Sale. Shop amidst a multitude of gift ideas for Christmas and enjoy 20% off books, Bibles, and Mount Hermon logo clothing and merchandise (some exclusions may apply and higher discount applies on already discounted merchandise).

Bookshop Hours

Friday, Dec 8: 10:00am–7:30pm
Saturday, Dec 9: 9:00am–7:30pm
Sunday, Dec 10: 9:00am–3:00pm

Friday, Dec 15: 10:00am–7:30pm
Saturday, Dec 16: 9:00am–7:30pm
Sunday, Dec 17: 9:00am–3:00pm


Sunday, December 17
  • When



    11:45 AM - 12:45 PM

    Buffet Seatings

    Dining Room

    2:30 PM

    Concert Begins



Dinner & A Concert

Enjoy a delicious buffet with spectacular dinner, dessert & beverages included, followed by the concert.

2017 Christmas Buffet & Concert

Age 4–12
Age 0–3

Ask about our discounted group prices!

Call 1-888-642-2677 to register.

Maps & directions

Conference Center
37 Conference Dr. Felton CA 95018

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