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LSU celebrates holidays with Candlelight, Holiday on Campus

As the calendar was ready to turn to December, LSU held numerous events to help get the community into the holiday spirit. LSU held its annual Candlelight Celebration on Tuesday, Nov. 27, in the Claude L. Shaver Theatre to honor the holiday traditions of Christmas, Kwanzaa and Hanukkah. Following Candlelight was the lighting of LSU’s Christmas tree and LSU Staff Senate’s 22nd-annual Holiday on Campus.

This year’s Candlelight Celebration included performances by Schola Cantorum, Cantabile String Quartet, the Ballroom Dance Club at LSU, LSU Gospel Choir, Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre, LSU Cheerleaders, Tiger Girls, Mike the Tiger and Santa Claus reading “A Cajun Night Before Christmas.”

LSU’s 30-foot tall Christmas tree, which arrived on campus on Monday, Nov. 13, was purchased locally from Windy Hills Farm in Ethel, La. It was decorated with lights and ornaments recycled from previous Candlelight Celebrations.

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Holiday on Campus is held every year at the University Recreation Center, or UREC, for LSU students, faculty, staff, their spouses and children. Members of the LSU community enjoyed holiday music, refreshments and plenty of activities for the entire family, including a rock-climbing wall and a visit from Santa Claus.

The LSU Christmas tree and LSU Candlelight Celebration are held in partnership with Volunteer LSU and sponsored through monetary contributions or in-kind donations provided by Baker Hughes, Baton Rouge Coca-Cola Bottling Co., Entergy, ExxonMobil, Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers, Shell and Schlumberger. CC’s Streetside Café served hot chocolate and coffee, and Jason’s Deli provided cookies for the event.

For information on the Candlelight Celebration, visit www.lsu.edu/candlelight. For more information on Holiday on Campus, contact the LSU Staff Senate at 225-578-8566 or staffsen@lsu.edu.