11/20/2013 03:30 PM
BATON ROUGE – The holiday season is fast approaching, and LSU will have a number of
events taking place on campus and around Baton Rouge.
LSU’s Holiday Spectacular will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 4, with festivities beginning
at 6 p.m. in the LSU Student Union. Formerly known as Candlelight Celebration, this
event is now a collaborative initiative to promote all there is to do and see at LSU
during the holiday season.
Holiday Spectacular will include a number of events including Staff Senate’s 24th
Annual Holiday on Campus, LSU Student Union North Lobby, from 6-8 p.m.; Holiday Performances,
LSU Student Union Theater, 6:30 p.m.; Christmas Tree Lighting, LSU Memorial Tower,
7:30 p.m.; and LSU Press book signing event with Dr. David Baker, author of the new
edition of “Mike the Tiger: The Roar of LSU,” from 6-8 p.m. in the Union Theater Lobby.
All events are free, and the book signing, performances and tree lighting events are
open to the public.
Staff Senate’s Holiday on Campus is open to children of LSU students, faculty and
staff. This event is taking place at a new location this year at the LSU Union prior
to the LSU Christmas Tree Lighting. The children of LSU students, staff, and faculty
will enjoy games, entertainment, refreshments and a visit from Santa.
At all Holiday Spectacular events, LSU will be accepting nonperishable food items
for Feed-A-Family/Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank as well as new, unwrapped toys for
Toys for Tots. Free hot cocoa and coffee will be offered at the tree lighting.
Holiday Spectacular is sponsored this year by Billy Heroman’s Flowers, Gifts, and
Plantscaping; Coca-Cola; CC’s Coffee House; and LSU Dining. Holiday Spectacular is
presented by LSU Campus Life, LSU Auxiliary Services, LSU Dining, LSU Discover – Undergraduate
Research, and LSU Staff Senate.
A celebration of Kwanzaa, the weeklong celebration held from Dec. 26 through Jan.
1 in the United States, will also take place during the week of holiday celebration.
This year’s celebration will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 3, at 6 p.m. in the African
American Cultural Center.
Kwanzaa, which means “first fruits of the harvest” in the African language Kiswahili,
was first celebrated on Dec. 26, 1966. In honor of this African-American holiday,
members of the LSU and Greater Baton Rouge communities are encouraged to dress in
all black or in traditional African garments and participate in the many aspects of
Kwanzaa, including food and storytelling. Roland Mitchell, associate director and
associate professor in the LSU School of Education, will serve as this year’s keynote
Other holiday events around campus include:
For more information on holiday-related programs hosted at LSU this year, visit www.lsu.edu/holiday.
Posted on Wednesday, November 20, 2013