Who should Carol?
Church Choirs         
School Choirs  
Youth Groups
Where should we Carol?
Door to Door in your neighborhood
Stores,Shopping Centers (with permission)
Assisted Living Communities, Retirement Homes (with permission)
Community/Special Events (tree lighting, Breakfast with Santa, house tour, craft sale)
Church services/festivities
Your Office (holiday luncheons or parties)
Party Ideas add to the fun . . .
Have a caroling party - meet early to practice, then hit the streets in your
neighborhood, returning for hot chocolate after!
If the weather's bad - sing inside and pass the can to your guests for donations!
A progressive dinner/caroling party - begin with appetizers at the first house,
then carol your way to the next house/course!
Make the post-caroling meal a potluck!  
Here's a twist on the party idea from Marlene Cheswick, Creve Coeur Area Chair:
she invites friends to "Sing for Your Supper" - they carol in her neighborhood,
then return to her home for supper!
Have a cookie exchange or white elephant exchange after caroling!
Kids love a pizza party, hot chocolate or cookie decorating after caroling!
Insure Your Success . . .
Use StLCCA door hangers to let listeners know you are coming - and to remind
them checks are welcome, and donations are tax-deductible!
Plan an alternate date for caroling in case of bad weather (or carol inside and pass
the can among your group!)
Choose weather-proof locations (see the Join Us page for ideas)
Practice before going out - and choose one strong singer to lead your group!
Be prepared and dress for the weather!!  Caroling in December in St. Louis means  
you will be cold!!!!  Dress in lots of layers, and be realistic about the length of
time you plan to carol, particularly if young children are in your group.
Fingers and toes get the coldest - air activated hand and foot warmers, available
at many stores, work GREAT!
Take jingle bells to draw attention!
Helpful Hints...for Caroling Success!      
and Frequently Asked Questions  
Service Groups
St. Louis Christmas Carols Association - 7425 Forsyth Boulevard, Suite 353 St. Louis, MO  63105  -  314.863.1225   
Email - stlcca@att.net
Members of Oak Hill
Presbyterian Church in their
south St. Louis neighborhood
Who could
like this?
Can't go caroling
but would still
like to help?
Please consider
making a donation via
check or credit card
"Ways to Help"

All donations are tax
deductible and very
much appreciated!
Help the StLCCA every
time you shop at your
Schnucks store
or on
click here
for details!
Give the can to the
cutest/youngest child in your group
(with an adult nearby, of course!)
St. Louis
Christmas Carols Association
Caroling to Benefit Children
Since 1911
Boy Scout Troops
Students seeking community service hours
Caroling FAQ's
How long should we carol?  How many houses should we visit?
The simplest answer?  As long as you want! :-) It depends age of your group, how cold it is outside, etc.  (Be sure to bundle up!) Most important,
though, is that your group have fun - so end before they become too tired or too cold.  We want them to love it so much they want to carol again
next year!
CAVEAT - be careful not to put door hangers out and then either not go, or not get to all the houses.  People get upset!
Do we have to sing all the songs on the songsheet?  - Of course not!  Choose your favorites!  If caroling in a neighborhood, a repertoire
of 3-4 songs is enough - sing a different one at each house, finish with We Wish You a Merry Christmas, then repeat!  Really young singers
probably don't need songsheets at all - choose songs they know - Jingle Bells, Rudolph, Santa Claus is Comin' to Town, and maybe Deck the Halls.
Do I have to have a costume?
- Of course not!  The Victorian caroler that often comes to mind was once a 'regular person in their regular clothes'.  It's fun to dress festively
(a Santa hat, a red scarf, some reindeer antlers), but it isn't necessary!
I can't sing - can we still go caroling?  - First of all, everyone can sing, especially Christmas songs!  And second, it's not about the quality
of the singing, it's about sharing the joy and spirit of the season!  It's a good idea to practice a little before going out, and you should have one
strong singer to be the leader and start each song.  You'll be great - and your audience will love it!
We'd like to carol, but don't think neighborhood caroling is for us.  - Try one of our public venues.  The Airport is a terrific option -
you sign up for 1 hour blocks, and serenade travelers! We have other options, which vary from year to year.  Visit the  
Join Us  page on this
website for a current list.  If you want to do one of the public venues, call or email our office to sign up.
Why don't you have hospitals or nursing homes listed? - Unfortunately, since our objective is to collect donations from listeners to help
children, hospitals and nursing homes are not good options for our carolers.
We planned to carol, but it's too cold! It's raining! It's snowing!  - Weather in St. Louis in December can range from 70 degrees and
beautiful to 10 degrees, rain/snow and below zero wind chills!  
Option 1 - Bundle up and go!  Reduce the time you planned to carol, but still make the effort for the children we help!
Option 2 - Stay inside, sing your songs and pass the can among your group.
Option 3 - Reschedule for another, hopefully warmer, drier date.

The Final Word - give caroling a try!  We just know you'll love it!  (Check out some stories shared by carolers here.)