Carol of Lights Celebrates 50th Anniversary

'50 Years of Shining Bright' is the theme for this year.

WHAT: 50th Annual Carol of Lights   WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Friday (Dec. 5)   WHERE: Texas Tech University Memorial Circle   EVENT: "50 Years of Shining Bright" is the theme chosen to represent the 50th anniversary of one of Texas Tech's finest traditions - the Carol of Lights.   The festivities will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a carillon performance. The lighting ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. and will include Texas Tech University's Combined Choir and the Texas Tech Trombone Choir performing classic holiday favorites.   The tradition was started by Harold Hinn, who provided the funds to light up the buildings that make up the science quadrangle and the administration building. The event became known as "Christmas Sing," and then evolved into what is now known as the Carol of Lights.   Today, the Carol of Lights utilizes more than 25,000 lights on the 13 buildings around Memorial Circle to create a spectacular holiday display.     The Residence Halls Association, which sponsors the event, will produce a video commemorating this year's ceremony. The video will be made available for purchase following this year's ceremony.    The Carol of Lights is free and open to the public.   CONTACT: The Residence Halls Association, (806) 742-2651, or Craig Kuehnert, residence life coordinator and Carol of Lights adviser, (806) 742-1096,