11/12/2014 09:20 AM
BATON ROUGE – Celebrate the holiday season with LSU as the university hosts a number of events on campus and around Baton Rouge.
LSU’s Holiday Spectacular will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 2, at 5 p.m. in the LSU Student Union, Union Theater and Free Speech Circle. Formerly known as the 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 several events including the LSU Christmas Tree Lighting at Free Speech Circle, 6 p.m.; LSU Staff Senate’s Holiday on Campus at the LSU Student Union, 6 to 8 p.m.; Pre-Kwanzaa Celebration at the African American Cultural Center, 6 to 8 p.m.; LSU President’s Late Night Breakfast at the 5 and 459 dining halls, 10 p.m. to midnight; and holiday performances at the LSU Student Union Theater, 5 p.m. All events are free, and the tree lighting and performances are open to the public.
The Staff Senate’s Holiday on Campus is open to LSU students, faculty, staff and their children. The children will enjoy games, entertainment, refreshments and a visit from Santa. This is a charitable event for the United States Marine Corps “Toys for Tots” and the Food Pantry. Staff Senate will accept nonperishable food items and new, unwrapped toys during Holiday on Campus.
This year’s Holiday Spectacular is sponsored by CC’s Coffee House; Coca-Cola; Rent A Princess; and Subway.
Campus partners presenting the event include LSU Campus Life; Auxiliary Services; African American Cultural Center; LSU Dining; Facility Services; LSU Foundation; Office of the President and Chancellor; Office of Parking & Transportation Services; and 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. 2, at 6 p.m. in the African American Cultural Center, or AACC.
The AACC sponsors a Pre-Kwanzaa celebration every year to celebrate the traditional African values of family, community, responsibility, commerce and self-improvement. Members of LSU and Baton Rouge community are welcomed and encouraged to dress in traditional African garments and participate in the many aspects of Kwanzaa including music, dance, food and storytelling.
Parking & Transportation Services will allow free parking in the Union Square Parking Garage on Tuesday, Dec. 2, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. for Holiday Spectacular guests. Parking is available on Levels 2 and 3.
Other holiday events around campus include:
• A Rural Life Christmas – Sunday, Dec. 7, 6 p.m.
• LSU Staff Senate Holiday Décor Decorating Contest
• Holiday Lunch – Thee Club at LSU Union Square
• Holiday Shuttle to the Airport for LSU students
• Holiday Trunk Show – Friday, Dec. 5, 11 a.m.
• LSU Ornament
• LSU Press Season’s Readings – Friday, Nov. 21, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
• White Elephant Benefit – Faculty Club Inc.
For more information on holiday-related programs hosted at LSU, visit www.lsu.edu/holiday
Posted on Wednesday, November 12, 2014