Manchester University invites its community neighbors to join students in heralding this time of giving with a Tree Lighting Ceremony at dusk on Monday, Dec. 2.
Santa, carols, the Chime and hot chocolate and cookies will warm spirits and tummies as Manchester celebrates its 125th holiday season.
“We hope North Manchester families will gather with our students, faculty and staff and their families,” said MU President Jo Young Switzer. "Manchester values these opportunities for our students to meet and connect with our neighbors."
Santa and an octet of student singers will open the evening at 5:30 p.m. beneath the 45-foot-tall blue spruce in front of the MU Union. Santa will take requests and pose for photos. Chartwell’s campus food service will provide refreshments.
At 6 p.m., President will welcome the crowd and the season – and light the tree. Bright holiday lights will colorfully illuminate the North Manchester campus through finals and Christmas break. The festive December campus is a tradition of Jo Switzer’s presidency, led by CFO Jack Gochenaur.
The event is free, in the community spirit of giving back – another 125-year tradition of Manchester University. (Students last year logged more than 40,000 hours of service.) The MU Union is on East Street, on the east side of the North Manchester campus. Visitor parking is on the north side of the Union and across the street. Manchester is a tobacco-free campus.