UNIVERSITY NEWS | The Christmas season kicks off with an annual ritual much beloved by LMU students and the neighboring community: the lighting of the Christmas tree on Regents Terrace on Friday, Dec. 1.
Students, faculty and staff members, as many as 3,000, are expected, including 250 or more from the Westchester community, giving a festive, family atmosphere to the occasion. And this year, things will be a little bigger.
Start with the tree: it will be 28 feet tall, more than twice as tall as previous years. It will be lit at 7 p.m., following a blessing by Marc Reeves, S.J., associate director of Campus Ministry.
Next are the festivities. Spearheaded by ASLMU President Hayden Tanabe, this year’s celebration with include:
- A live DJ
- LMU Christmas mug giveaway
- Cocoa and cookies provided by LMU Hospitality by Sodexo
- Food trucks
- Pictures with Santa
- Horse-drawn carriage rides
- Cash bar for alcoholic holiday beverages (eggnog, cider, etc.)
- And two a cappella groups and the LMU Gospel Choir performing.
Tanabe said there was a focus on attracting families from the community to the tree lighting, including attending Neighborhood Advisory Council meetings in September and leaving door hangers as reminders.
The entertainment and amenities begin at 5 p.m. and run to 8 p.m.