BATON ROUGE, LA — LSU will honor the holiday traditions of Christmas, Kwanzaa and Hanukkah when it holds its annual Candlelight Celebration on Tuesday, Nov. 27, at 5:00 p.m. in the Claude L. Shaver Theatre in the Music & Dramatic Arts Building, with the lighting of LSU’s Christmas tree immediately following at 6:00 p.m. in front of the Memorial Tower.
Members of the LSU and Baton Rouge communities are invited to join in the festivities and enjoy performances by Schola Cantorum, Cantabile String Quartet, the Ballroom Dance Club at LSU, LSU Gospel Choir, Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre, LSU Cheerleaders, Tiger Girls, Mike the Tiger and Santa Claus reading “A Cajun Night Before Christmas.” Miss LSU Elizabeth Connor will emcee the event.
Volunteer LSU is asking the campus community to help local children in need by depositing new or gently used children’s coats in the boxes located around the Christmas tree during the Candlelight Celebration. Coats may also be donated until Nov. 27 in the boxes around the Christmas tree or the Volunteer LSU office in Room 350 of the LSU Student Union.
A celebration of Kwanzaa, the weeklong celebration held from Dec. 26 through Jan. 1 in the United States, will take place during the holiday celebration. Following the Candlelight Celebration, the African-American Cultural Center’s Pre-Kwanzaa Celebration will be held in the LSU Student Union Atchafalaya Room at 6:00 p.m.
A celebration of Hanukkah, the eight-day Jewish holiday also known as the Festival of Lights that begins this year on Dec. 8, will also take place during the Candlelight Celebration with a performance by Hillel at LSU.
The Candlelight Celebration will be followed by Holiday on Campus at the University Recreation Center, or UREC, from 6:00-8:00 p.m., for LSU students, faculty, staff, their spouses and children. LSU Staff Senate will sponsor the 23rd-annual Holiday on Campus event. Members of the LSU community can enjoy holiday music, refreshments and plenty of activities for the entire family, including a rock-climbing wall and a visit from Santa Claus. Since the event is charity oriented, those that attend are asked to bring a donation of a canned good for the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank or a new, unwrapped toy for the U.S. Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots program.
The LSU Christmas tree and LSU Candlelight Celebration are held in partnership with Volunteer LSU and sponsored through monetary contributions or in-kind donations provided by Baker Hughes, Baton Rouge Coca-Cola Bottling Co., Entergy, ExxonMobil, Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers, Shell and Schlumberger. CC’s Streetside Café will be serving hot chocolate and coffee, and Jason’s Deli will be providing cookies for the event.