Annual Carol of Lights Celebration Lights Up Texas Tech

More than 25,000 orange, red and white lights will light up 13 buildings around Texas Tech University at the culmination of the annual Carol of Lights ceremony on Friday, [Dec. 1].

DATE: Nov. 28, 2006
CONTACT: Gretchen Pressley, gretchen.m.pressley@ttu.edu
(806) 742-2136

[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.]

More than 25,000 orange, red and white lights will light up 13 buildings around Texas Tech University at the culmination of the annual Carol of Lights ceremony on Friday, [Dec. 1].

The 48th annual ceremony, with a theme of “In the Moment,” starts at 6:30 p.m. with the traditional carillon concert. At 7 p.m., the Saddle Tramps Torch Light Processional begins at the university seal at the Broadway entrance and follows the luminarias around Memorial Circle to the Science Quadrangle.

The Texas Tech Trombone Choir, directed by Jim Decker, will accompany the Texas Tech University combined choirs, directed by John Dickson. Gerald Dolter, a professor at the School of Music, will sing “O Holy Night,” followed by comments from student organizations and dignitaries. This year, audience members will receive glow sticks to add to the light display as the lights are turned on across campus.

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

The grounds maintenance crew from the Texas Tech physical plant started hanging holiday lights in late September in preparation for the festivities. The Carol of Lights board has been planning the ceremony since April.

Alpha Phi Omega and Chi Rho fraternities will place 3,000 luminarias around Memorial Circle. Members of the Women’s Service Organization will decorate a 20-foot fresh pine wreath hung by the grounds maintenance crews.

The Texas Tech University Residence Halls Association sponsors the Carol of Lights celebration.

CONTACT: Alice Scott, co-adviser on the Carol of Lights board, (806) 742-2542, a.scott@ttu.edu