CelebrationOfLights2011The holiday season goes into high gear at SMU with a rare weekday observance of one of the University’s most beloved annual traditions. Celebration of Lights 2013 is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2, on the Main Quad.

The celebration features than 100,000 decorative lights, luminarias lining the sidewalks, musicians performing songs of the season, and SMU President R. Gerald Turner reading the Christmas story from the New Testament. Refreshments will be served. In the event of inclement weather, the event will be held in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center.

Parking will be available in the Binkley and Moody garages.

Check out slideshows and video of past Celebration of Lights ceremonies, courtesy of SMU News. Photos

Other highly anticipated holiday events:

  • On Thursday, Dec. 5, SMU’s Perkins School of Theology celebrates its Advent/Christmas Worship Service  at 4 p.m and 8 p.m. in Perkins Chapel with the theme “…A child shall lead.” Children of Perkins faculty and staff members will join Dean William Lawrence and Associate Dean Evelyn Parker as readers for the services. The program also features music from the Perkins Seminary Singers directed by C. Michael Hawn; Meadows School of the Arts’ women’s ensemble, Diva Dolce (4 p.m.), directed by Robert Ward; the Children’s Chorus of Greater Dallas’ Women’s Youth Chorus (8 p.m.) directed by Kelly Pfaffenberger; and Perkins organist Christoper Anderson. Admission is free; food and cash donations for the North Texas Food Bank will be accepted in the chapel narthex at the entrance. For more information, contact Teresa Rosado, 214-768-2502.
  • The Guildhall at SMU hosts its Winter Exhibition on Friday, Dec. 20, at SMU-in-Plano. Graduating students in art creation, level design, production and programming will show their work, and attendees will have the opportunity to play games designed by students in multiple cohorts.
  • IMG_1891Again this year, SMU is participating in The Trains at NorthPark, on display on the shopping center’s second level through Jan. 5, 2014. The display is the most elaborate toy holiday train exhibit in Texas, with scale-model locomotives whizzing across America, past the Dallas skyline and SMU’s iconic Dallas Hall, then on to New York City, San Francisco, New England and Washington, D.C. Each holiday season, more than 80,000 people visit the exhibit, which supports the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas. The exhibit includes 1,600 feet of track, 24 Lionel train sets hauling more than 100 rolling cars and pieces. and more than 4,000 square feet of train-themed environments.

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