LSU to Host Holiday Spectacular on Nov. 28, Other Holiday-Related Events Through the End of the Semester

Tree lighting

On Tuesday, Nov. 28, the university will host Holiday Spectacular, where a number of activities open to the community will take place, including the lighting of the LSU Christmas Tree.Photo: LSU

11/20/2017
BATON ROUGE – LSU will host Holiday Spectacular, a festive night of free holiday activities on Tuesday, Nov. 28. Once known as the LSU Candlelight Celebration, the event is now a collaborative initiative to promote all there is to do and see at LSU during the holiday season. In addition, LSU will host a number of other holiday-related activities and events through the end of the fall semester.

Holiday Spectacular Events on Nov. 28

Season’s Readings
Hosted by LSU Press
4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Barnes & Noble at LSU

LSU Press and The Southern Review welcome shoppers to the annual book and journal sale, with gift ideas for everyone’s shopping list. This year’s Season’s Readings boasts a wide array of great titles at 20 percent off, local authors signing books and free gift wrapping. Titles include “The Fonville Winans Cookbook”; “The Louisiana Urban Gardener”; “Neon Visions: The Comics of Howard Chaykin”; “Carnival in Louisiana”; “The Golden Band from Tigerland”; “Military Aviation in the Gulf South”; “Devils Walking”; and many more. Subscriptions to The Southern Review are also available for 20 percent off. Parking is available nearby in the Union Square Garage.
Website:  https://www.facebook.com/events/226522081082225/ 

Holiday Performances
Hosted by Student Activities Board
5 p.m.
Union Theater
Get in the spirit of the season with musical, dance, and spoken word performances, a special visit from Santa and Mike the Tiger, and holiday sing-a-longs. 

Holiday Spectacular

During Holiday Spectacular, holiday performances will take place in the LSU Union Theater, including a special visit from Santa and Mike the Tiger. Photo: LSU

Pre-Kwanzaa Celebration
Hosted by African American Cultural Center
5:30 p.m.
Clarence L. Barney Jr. African American Cultural Center

The African American Cultural Center sponsors a Pre-Kwanzaa ceremony every year to celebrate the traditional African values of family, community, responsibility, commerce and self-improvement. Members of the LSU and Greater Baton Rouge community are welecomed and encouraged to dress in traditional African garmets and participate in the many aspects of Kwanzaa, including musi, dance, food and storytelling.
Website:  http://www.lsu.edu/aacc  

28th Annual Holiday on Campus
Hosted by LSU Staff Senate
6 - 8 p.m.
LSU Student Union

Holiday on Campus is an event geared toward the children of LSU staff, faculty and students. There will be arts and crafts, games, free food, photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus and much more. There is no entry fee, however, guests are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food donation for the LSU Food Pantry and/or a new toy (unwrapped) for donation to the United States Marine Corps “Toys for Tots” program.
Website: http://www.lsu.edu/staffsenate/news_and_events/2017/holidayoncampus.php  

LSU Christmas Tree Lighting
Hosted by Campus Life
7:15 p.m.
Free Speech Circle

Enjoy free CC’s Coffeehouse cocoa and coffee as everyone counts down to the lighting of the LSU Christmas Tree with the LSU family.

Late night breakfast

Students can fuel up for finals with the annual LSU President's Late Night Breakfast, held on Nov. 28 at both The 5 and The 459 Commons Dining Halls. Photo: LSU

LSU President's Late Night Breakfast
Hosted by LSU Office of the President
10 p.m. - midnight
The 5 and The 459 Commons Dining Halls

Fuel up for finals with late night breakfast favorites in both campus dining halls. If you catch him, LSU President F. King Alexander might just flip your flapjack himself.

Season’s Readings, Holiday Performances and the LSU Christmas Tree Lighting are free and open to LSU students, faculty, staff and the Baton Rouge community. Tickets are not required.

Holiday on Campus is open to the children of LSU students, faculty and staff. Everyone is encouraged to bring new, unwrapped toys for the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots or nonperishable food items for the LSU Food Pantry.

The President’s Late Night Breakfast is free and open to LSU students. Students should bring a Tiger Card LSU ID.

LSU Parking & Transportation Services will open the parking garage for free event parking on Nov. 28 for Holiday Spectacular.

Other LSU Holiday Events & Activities:

Les Voyageur Ag Holiday Gift Boxes
Hosted by College of Agriculture Les Voyageurs
Orders were taken: Oct. 11 – Nov. 17
Pick Up: Dec. 4-8
LSU Agcenter Dairy Store

The College of Agriculture sold holiday gift boxes, which included a bag of Louisiana rice, 2 lbs of cajun Christmas smoked sausage, 1 lb of jalapeño cheddar cheese and sweet potatoes. The sausage and cheese were made on campus by LSU students using facilities in the College of Agriculture. Pick up for the orders will be Dec. 4-8 at the LSU Agcenter Dairy Store.
Website:  http://www.lsu.edu/agriculture/students/holidaybox.php   

Candy Grams
Hosted by LSU Staff Senate
Orders Placed: Nov. 9-27
Delivered: Dec. 1

Show appreciation for staff, faculty, students or campus partners by sending them a holiday candy gram for only $2.25. Choose the greeting and type of candy. Staff Senate will handle the rest.
Website:  http://lsu.edu/staffsenate/news_and_events/2017/candygrams2017holiday.php 

Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker
Hosted by LSU Auxiliary Services
Nov. 12 | 3 p.m.
LSU Union Theater

Celebrate this Christmas with the experience taking North America by storm. Marking the 25th Anniversary Tour, Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker features over-the-top production and world class Russian artists. Larger than life puppets, nesting folls and gloriously hand-crafted costumes bring the Christmas spirit to life. Gather the family and see why the press is raving “Knock Out!” – New York Times “Christmas Cheer!” – LA Times. Get the best seats today and memories for a lifetime at Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker.
Website:  http://as.lsu.edu/uniontheater 

Annual Sweet Potato & Rice Sale
Hosted by Biological Engineering Student Organization, or BESO
Nov. 13-22 | 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. daily
Southeast Corner of Highland Road and South Stadium Drive Intersection

Annual fundraiser for BESO by selling Garber Farm’s sweet potatoes and rice at the Highland Road & South Stadium Drive intersection.
Website:  https://lsu.campuslabs.com/engage/event/1649045 

The Club Thanksgiving Buffet
Hosted by LSU Dining
Nov. 20-22 | 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. daily
The Club at Union Square

Open to the entire LSU community, The Club at Union Square hosts a Thanksgiving buffet. Come out and enjoy a spread of delicious entrées, tasty desserts and more. The perfect place to gather for a little holiday cheer. Cost is $21.95 per person. The Club at Union Square accepts cash, credit/debit, Tiger Cash and Paw Points. Reservations recommended by calling 225-578-2356 or emailing catering@lsu.edu.
Website:  lsudining.com

Holiday Shuttle (Thanksgiving Break)
Hosted by LSU Student Government, Parking & Transportation Services and LSU Family Association
Departing: Nov. 21 & 22
Returning: Nov. 26  

LSU Student Government, Parking & Transportation Services and the LSU Family Association are excited to collaborate once again to sponsor a Thanksgiving Break shuttle program to and from the Baton Rouge and New Orleans airports. Shuttle dates, times and cost is outlined at   http://lsu.edu/parking/resources/holidayshuttle.php.
Website:  https://fs8.formsite.com/LSUFamily/form48/index.html 

Thanksgiving Diner
Hosted by LSU Dining
Nov. 21 | 4:30 - 8 p.m.
The 5 and The 459 Commons Dining Halls

A popular event for students on and off campus, The 5 and 459 Commons give a Thanksgiving Dinner preview right before the holiday break. Stop by the dining halls to enjoy a warm Thanksgiving meal. Open to the entire LSU community, The 5 and 459 Commons accepts valid meal plan swipe/Paw Points, Tiger Cash, credit/debit or cash.
Website:  lsudining.com

Deck The Union Halls
Hosted by LSU Auxiliary Services
Nov. 27 – Dec. 5 | 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. daily
LSU Student Union

Join us for seven days of fun and festivities as the semester winds down and holiday season ramps up. Deck the Union Halls will be held in the LSU Student Union to get in the holiday spirit. All events will be held from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. on the second floor of the LSU Student Union in the lounge area. Each day will have different activities planned for students, faculty and staff to enjoy. See the schedule of events below. Don’t miss out on this annual tradition.

Schedule of Events:
Monday, Nov. 27: LSU Student Union Tree Lighting
Tuesday, Nov. 28: Name That Tune/ Holiday Charades
Wednesday, Nov. 29: Holiday Photo Booth
Thursday, Nov. 30: Holiday Crafts
Friday, Dec. 1: Tacky Sweater/ Socks Contest! Guess How Many…..?
Monday, Dec. 4: Holiday Popcorn Picking
Tuesday, Dec. 5: Cookies & Coco
Every day: Mike on a shelf What is Holiday Mike Getting Himself into today?
Holiday Movies: Holiday Movies will be played in the 2nd floor lounge area for all to enjoy
Website:  http://as.lsu.edu/deck-union-halls 

Christmas Tree Sale
Hosted by Society of American Foresters at LSU
Nov. 27-28 | 4 - 8 p.m. daily
Renewable Natural Resources Building, northwest corner of Nicholson Extension at Highland Road

The Student Chapter of the Society of American Foresters at LSU will host their annual Christmas tree sale at the Renewable Natural Resources Building, at the corner of Highland Road and Nicholson Extension. All trees are locally grown Leland Cypress. The trees will be sold through Tuesday or until all 40 trees are sold out. The trees will all range from 5 to 7 feet tall.
Website:  www.rnr.lsu.edu 

LSU Science Café: Stellar Explosions & Stardust
Hosted by Office of Research & Economic Development
Nov. 28 | Doors open at 5 p.m., talk begins at 6 p.m.
Varsity Theatre
LSU Department of Physics & Astronomy Associate Professor Catherine Deibel will share the story of the birth of the universe, stellar explosions and how everyone is “stardust” in this fascinating talk about our connection to the Cosmos. Doors open at 5 p.m. for free food and networking, and the talk will start at 6 p.m. Remember, people of all ages are welcome, so please spread the word and join us for a fun and informative night.
Website: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lsu-science-cafe-stellar-explosions-and-stardust-tickets-30357321566 

Holiday Decorating Contest
Hosted by LSU Staff Senate
Entry deadline: Dec. 1
Decorating period: Dec. 1-7
Judging: Dec. 8

Staff Senate invites LSU employees to participate in the annual Holiday Decorating Contest. This year’s theme is “All Aboard!” There are four decorating categories: bulletin board, door, entryway and tree. Entry forms are due on Friday, Dec. 1, and judging will take place on Friday, Dec. 8. There is a $20 fee per entry, and all money raised goes to the Staff Senate Fee Support Scholarship. Scholarships are awarded each semester and cover the costs associated with non-exempt fees for staff members pursuing a degree from LSU.
Website:  http://lsu.edu/staffsenate/news_and_events/2017/2017holidaydecoratingcontest.php 

White Elephant Game Night
Hosted by LSU Faculty Club Inc.
Dec. 1 | 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
The Club at Union Square (The Faculty Club Building)
What classroom aid can also be referred to as calcium sulfate? Which two states (tied at eight) do most of our presidents hail from? Which six men held the LSU football head coaching position before Coach O?

Get the answers to these and other questions at the White Elephant Game Night. Test skills or form a team of trivia experts to challenge one’s treasure trove of vast random knowledge and even walk away with prizes.

Join for a fast-paced evening of fun and philanthropy with lots of trivia and karaoke challenges to benefit the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. Invite friends, colleagues and relatives to make this a night to remember! $10 entry fee; $5 for grad students with all proceeds going to the Food Bank.
Website:  https://sites01.lsu.edu/wp/facultyclub/ 

LSU Candlelight Concert
Hosted by College of Music & Dramatic Arts
Dec. 2 | 7:30 p.m.
LSU Union Theater

The LSU College of Music & Dramatic Arts and the LSU School of Music are pleased to present the annual holiday celebration. Join the LSU A Cappella Choir and the LSU Philharmonia Orchestra for an evening of holiday music, spirituals and more.
Website:  http://lsu.edu/cmda/events/ 

A Rural Life Christmas
Hosted by LSU Burden Museum and Gardens
Dec. 3 | 12:30 - 6:00 p.m.
LSU Rural Life Museum

Ring in the Christmas season with a 19th-century Louisiana celebration. Musical groups, demonstrating artisans, storytellers and costumed re-enactors set the holiday spirit. The day concludes with a bonfire and visit from Papa Noel.
Admission: $10 per person with children ages 10 and younger admitted at no charge.
Website:  http://www.lsu.edu/rurallife/events.php 

Holiday Shuttle (Winter Break)
Hosted by LSU Student Government, Parking & Transportation Services and LSU Family Association
Departing: Dec. 8, 9, & 10
Returning: Jan. 9
LSU Student Government, Parking & Transportation Services and the LSU Family Association are excited to collaborate once again to sponsor a winter break shuttle program to and from the Baton Rouge and New Orleans airports. Shuttle dates, times and cost are outlined at  http://lsu.edu/parking/resources/holidayshuttle.php.
Website:  https://fs8.formsite.com/LSUFamily/form49/index.html 

Holiday Buffet
Hosted by LSU Dining
Dec. 11-15 | 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. daily
The Club at Union Square

Open to the entire LSU community, The Club at Union Square hosts a Holiday buffet. Come out and enjoy a spread of delicious entrées, tasty desserts and more. The perfect place to gather for a little holiday cheer. Cost is $21.95 per person. The Club at Union Square accepts cash, credit/deibt, Tiger Cash and Paw Points. Reservations recommended by calling 225-578-2356 or emailing catering@lsu.edu.
Website:  lsudining.com

For more information on holiday-related programs hosted at LSU, visit www.lsu.edu/holiday

 

 

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