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Deck the campus: Christmas events begin at Liberty this week

On Monday night, hundreds of Liberty University students gathered on the Academic Lawn and counted down as Student Activities hosted its annual “Christmas in Lights” event. When the countdown reached “one,” the campus Christmas tree lit up as students cheered and holiday lights illuminated the lawn.

Students enjoyed doughnuts, cookies, hot chocolate, and live music at the tree lighting. It was also a chance for students to give back to those in need by donating canned and nonperishable food items and winter clothes.

Liberty President Jerry Falwell and his wife, Becki, met with students and posed for pictures.

The night kicked off the Christmas season at Liberty, with several more holiday happenings scheduled over the next few weeks.

Christmas at Hydaway, Nov. 29, 30, and Dec. 1, 6 p.m.

Get into the Christmas spirit with the Outdoor Recreation staff at Hydaway Outdoor Recreation Center where visitors can enjoy decorative light displays, crafts, cookies, and hot chocolate. This event is free and open to the public.

Christmas Coffeehouse: The North Pole, Nov. 30, 11:30 p.m.

Students will pack the Vines Center to celebrate the biannual campus tradition as students show off their talent through holiday-themed performances and videos. Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 the day of the show.

Reindeer Run 2-Miler, Dec. 1, 9 a.m.

Run off the holiday treats with a festive race hosted by Outdoor Recreation on the Hydaway Outdoor Rec Center trails. The race fee for students, faculty, and staff is $20 and $25 for the general public. Prices go up the day of the race. For more information, visit www.Liberty.edu/CampsRec.

Christmas on the Boulevard, Dec. 3-7, 7:30 p.m.

This year’s annual Christmas music showcase, performed by a collaboration of Liberty’s choirs, ensembles, and the Liberty University Symphony Orchestra, will be separated into four nights of music at the Center for Music and the Worship Arts, Concert Hall.

  • Dec. 3: “Selections from Handel’s “Messiah” features the Liberty University Symphony Orchestra and combined School of Music choirs, along with School of Music faculty vocalists.
  • Dec. 4: “Christmas Ornaments” features a wide selection of Christmas carols and favorite Christmas movie scores performed by the School of Music instrumental ensembles and choirs.
  • Dec. 6: “Amahl and the Night Visitors” is a one-act opera that follows the story of a young boy who is miraculously healed after experiencing the life-changing power of the Newborn King.
  • Dec. 7: “President’s Encore Performance” features selections from each of the previous performances.

All shows are open to students, faculty, staff, and the public. Tickets can be purchase at www.Liberty.edu/Tickets.

Christmas Dinner, Dec. 4, 5 p.m.

Join Liberty’s Dining Services at the Food Court at Reber-Thomas on Dec. 4 for their annual Christmas Dinner celebration.

Cookies and Cocoa, Dec. 4, 6 p.m.

Take a swim in the David’s Place pool and enjoy cookies and hot chocolate in the new outdoor seating area.

Christmas Karaoke, Dec. 4, 10 p.m.

Join Student Activities at the LaHaye Event Space to belt out your favorite Christmas hits and sport your ugly sweater. There will be Christmas games, an ugly sweater contest, cookie decorating, and plenty of hot chocolate and marshmallows.

Ugly Christmas Sweater Party, Dec. 5, 5:30 p.m.

Liberty University Graduate Student Life and Liberty University Commuter Student Life will host an end of the year bash at the Commuter Student Lounge. Bring your friends, wear your tackiest sweater, and prepare for a night of games, prizes, and refreshments.

Christmas Movie Marathon, Dec. 5, 6 p.m.

Watch your favorite holiday classics with your friends at the LaHaye Event Space. Student Activities will have free popcorn, and drinks will be available for purchase. See the schedule below:

  • 6 p.m. – “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”
  • 7:45 pm. – “Home Alone”
  • 9:30 p.m. – “Elf”

LUCOM Merry Melodies, Dec. 8, 6:30 p.m.

The whimsical Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine (LUCOM) Christmas spectacular is back for its third year at the LaHaye Event Space. Enjoy holiday-themed variety acts from LUCOM’s students, faculty, and staff. Tickets are $5 and are available for purchase by emailing LUCOMStudentAccounts@liberty.edu or calling (434) 592-7391.