Holiday Tree Lighting

Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Assembly Plaza

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An evening of festivities will usher in the holiday season at Lander University on Tuesday, Nov. 28 with the 3rd annual Holiday Tree Lighting celebration beginning at 5:00 p.m.

The official lighting of the tree kicks off musical performances from the surround Greenwood and Lander community. A flurry of activities includes horse-drawn carriage rides, ice skating, ornament decorating, roasting marshmallows over an open fire, a competition to build the best gingerbread house and a contest for those who wish to show off their tackiest holiday sweaters and ties.

In continuing the goodwill initiatives of the university, those enjoying the festivities are asked to bring an unwrapped toy for children ages 4-12 in support of Tommy Claus (no stuffed animals, please). Collection boxes will be available at the event.

Donated toys will be delivered to Tommy Claus, led by Tommy Tumblin, longtime staff member of the university who works with organizations to pre-screen and distribute the toys to needy children in the Lakelands area during the Christmas season.

The evening concludes with the Lander Wind Ensemble’s “Fa-La-La Christmas Concert,” beginning at 8 p.m. in the Josephine B. Abney Cultural Center Auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public. It is FALS-Approved for students.

2016 Lighting of the tree in front of Chipley Hall.
Seen above is President Cosentino and his wife lighting the Lander tree in front of Chipley Hall with Santa Claus and Randy Bouknight, Vice President of Student Affairs during the 2016 Holiday Tree Lighting.