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Texas Tech to Host 54th Annual Carol of Lights

The outdoor ceremony will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 1.

Written by Callie Jones

The lights will be lit every night from dusk until midnight from Dec. 2, 2012 through Jan. 1, 2013.

Texas Tech University hosts the 54th annual Carol of Lights celebration “Illuminate” on Dec. 1 (Saturday). The night kicks off with the traditional carillon concert at 6:30 p.m. performed by Tom Hughes, and the outdoor ceremony will follow at 7 p.m.

The Residence Halls Association (RHA) has sponsored the event since its creation in 1956, growing it into the tradition it is today, drawing crowds of more than 20,000 each year. The Texas Tech choirs, trombone groups, Masked Rider and Raider Red will be present, and with the flip of a switch to begin the ceremony, more than 25,000 red, orange and white lights will illuminate the night sky.

As Texas Tech and RHA continue their commitment to sustainability, nearly all of this year’s lights will be transitioned to LED bulbs, projected to reduce energy consumption by 87 percent.

The event will be held in Memorial Circle, the Science Quad and Engineering Key. Parking will be available in the Commuter North parking lot adjacent to Jones AT&T Stadium. Vehicle traffic on campus streets in the vicinity of Memorial Circle will be restricted at 5:30 p.m. and will remain closed until the conclusion of the event.

Immediately following the Carol of Lights, the Texas Tech School of Music will host its annual Carols Concert at Hemmle Recital Hall beginning at 8 p.m.

The lights will be lit every night from dusk until midnight from Dec. 2, 2012 through Jan. 1, 2013.

RHA is one of the largest organizations at Texas Tech. Its main goals are to promote a high quality of leadership in a democratic form of student government and provide the best possible living and learning experience for students living in the residence halls.



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