LSU Hosting a Number of Holiday Events, Holiday Spectacular to Take Place Dec. 4

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 speaker.

Other holiday events around campus include:


For more information on holiday-related programs hosted at LSU this year, visit

Ernie  Ballard 
LSU Media Relations

Posted on Wednesday, November 20, 2013