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Decking the Halls
Decking the Halls

Fun holiday traditions at four universities

By Elisa Wiseman

University of Virginia's annual Lighting of the Lawn. Photo: Sanjay Suchak

University of Virginia

Night Lights

On UVA's campus, thousands will gather for the annual Lighting of the Lawn (pictured above) to watch the campus transform during a show of more than 12,000 LED lights strung over balconies, columns, and the landmark Rotunda. First held in 2001 to comfort the community after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the event now includes live music, hot chocolate and cookies, and the reading of a humorous original poem written by members of the graduating class.

High Point University's Community Christmas Celebration

High Point University

Howdy, Neighbors

The North Carolina university will host its sixth annual Community Christmas Celebration, a free two-night fair for the campus and surrounding community. The event will feature Clydesdale-drawn carriage rides, choral performances, the Holly Jolly Hotdog Shoppe, a life-size nativity scene, and photos with Santa. After a record turnout of 20,000 people in 2015, HPU expects its biggest event yet. (Photo: Chad Christian)

University of Dayton's Christmas on Campus

University of Dayton

All About the Kids

UD students will host first- and second-graders from Dayton Public Schools in Ohio for an evening of fun holiday activities, such as "pin the nose on Rudolph" and gift-wrapping races. In its 53rd year, Christmas on Campus pairs a UD student with one of the nearly 1,000 children attending the night for music, games, crafts, and goodies organized by student groups. Alumni chapters will host similar Christmas off Campus events across the country. (Photo: Larry Burgess)

Seton Hall University's 12 Acts of Christmas Kindness

Seton Hall University

A Dozen Wonders

The 12 Acts of Christmas Kindness campaign will stir the SHU campus into a flurry of playful and meaningful good deeds. Since 2013, students, faculty, and staff at the New Jersey institution have pledged on social media to perform a dozen kindnesses, such as participating in a food or blood drive, wrapping donated presents for needy children, and clearing snow from community sidewalks. Participants share the heartwarming moments on Twitter using the hashtag #shukindness. (Photo: Joy Yagid)

About the Author Elisa Wiseman

Elisa Wiseman was a summer 2016 editorial intern for Currents.




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