Date: Nov. 30, 2005
CONTACT: Sally Logue Post,

[EDITOR’S NOTE: Television live trucks may park along the Engineering Key in front of the Mass Communications Building, facing north, or on the Engineering Key in front of Holden Hall, facing north.]

LUBBOCK – More than 25,000 colored lights, illuminating 13 buildings around Texas Tech University’s Memorial Circle, Engineering Key and the Broadway entrance, will be lit as the highlight of the annual Carol of Lights, Friday (Dec. 2).

The 47th annual event, with a theme of “A Season to Remember,” will commence with a carillon concert at 6:30 p.m. At 7 p.m., the Saddle Tramps Torch Light Processional will begin at the university seal at the Broadway entrance and will follow the luminaria-lighted route around Memorial Circle to the Science Quadrangle.

The Texas Tech Trombone Choir, under the direction of Don Lucas, will accompany the Texas Tech University combined choirs, under the direction of John Dickson. Karl Dent of the School of Music will sing “O Holy Night” followed by comments from dignitaries and the lighting of the lights.

Festivities will continue with a carol concert at 8 p.m. in the Hemmle Recital Hall, featuring the University Singers and the University Choir. Tickets are available through Select-A-Seat and are $13 for adults, $10.50 for senior citizens and $10 for students. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door. Proceeds benefit the scholarship fund of the Texas Tech University College of Visual and Performing Arts.

A team from the Texas Tech physical plant has been hanging lights since early October. Preparation for the Carol of Lights also includes the placing of 3,000 luminarias around Memorial Circle by Alpha Phi Omega and Chi Rho fraternities and the hanging of a 20-foot fresh pine wreath by members of the Women’s Service Organization.

The Carol of Lights is sponsored by the Texas Tech University Residence Halls Association.

SOURCE: Alice Scott, Texas Tech University Carol of Lights, (806) 742-2542,