Texas Tech University Celebrates the 53rd Annual Carol of Lights

This year’s celebration moves to Saturday night, Dec. 3.

Texas Tech University will host the 53rd annual Carol of Lights celebration “Light up the Night” on Dec. 3, a Saturday. The outdoor ceremony, in the Science Quad and Memorial Circle, will begin with carillon at 6:30 p.m. and will be followed by the official ceremony at 7 p.m.

“Moving the Carol of Lights from Friday to Saturday evenings will help to eliminate most conflicts with the academic calendar (final examinations) as it is revised for 2012 and beyond,” said Provost Bob Smith. “Also, holding the event on Saturday evenings should allow for greater participation by the Lubbock community and Texas Tech alumni who want to travel to Lubbock to enjoy the tradition.”

The Residence Halls Association (RHA) sponsors Texas Tech’s annual holiday tradition, Carol of Lights. More than 25,000 red, white and orange lights will illuminate the Texas Tech campus at the end of the annual ceremony. The ceremony draws about 20,000 students, faculty, staff and local residents.

Guests attending the Carol of Lights are encouraged to arrive early. Parking will be available to the public in the North Commuter parking lot near the Jones AT&T Stadium. Campus streets in the vicinity of Memorial Circle will be closed beginning at 5:30 p.m. and will remain closed until following the completion of the event.

Immediately following the Carol of Lights ceremony, the Texas Tech School of Music will hold its annual Carols Concert in the Hemmle Recital Hall.

The Residence Halls Association (RHA) serves as the voice for every student who lives on campus, which makes it the second-largest student organization at Texas Tech University. Their main goals are to promote a high quality of leadership in a democratic form of student government, and to provide the best possible living and learning experience for students living in the residence halls. The students living in the residence halls are represented by their hall Senators and Complex Councils. The RHA provides many programs and activities to enhance the living environment in the residence halls and to encourage the exchange of ideas.

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CONTACT: Craig Kuehnert, Residence Halls Association, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-1096 or craig.kuehnert@ttu.edu; or Sarah Riffel, student assistant, RHA, (281) 636-2239 or sarah.riffel@ttu.edu.