The 57th ceremony begins at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 1.
"Carol of Lights is such a fun time of year for our Red Raider community," Texas Tech President M. Duane Nellis said. "The lights and the celebration creates a spirited atmosphere around campus that students, faculty, staff and alumni enjoy each year. I'm looking forward to this favored tradition yet again and kicking off the holiday season with the Texas Tech community."
At 7 p.m., the Torch Light Processional led by Raider Red, the Masked Rider and the Saddle Tramps begins before the buildings are lit. About 80 red torches will be carried from the intersection of Akron Avenue and Broadway following the Luminaria Lighted route located around Memorial Circle and the Science Quadrangle.
The Texas Tech Trombone Choir, directed by Jim Decker, will accompany the Texas Tech Combined Choirs.
More than 25,000 colored lights will be 100 percent LED this year and are displayed on 13 buildings around Memorial Circle, the Engineering Key and Texas Tech's Broadway entrance. This year's theme “Tech the Halls” represents Texas Tech's connection to classic holiday traditions as well as the residence halls' annual traditions.
After the ceremony the School of Music will present its Carol Concert, with the combined university choirs and West Texas Children's Chorus will sing traditional Christmas carols. The concert will be at 8 p.m. in the Hemmle Recital Hall in the Music Building. Tickets can be purchased at music.ttu.edu or at the event.
Preparation for the ceremony began Sept. 15 with the installation of lights by the university Physical Plant team. The 38-foot-tall Christmas tree was erected this week. Since Carol of Lights' inception, it has been a student organization-sponsored event.
“As we move into the 57th year of Carol of Lights, we're excited to see the event grow as we expand our reach to more alumni, family and friends across the globe through our TV and online broadcasts,” said Craig Kuehnert, assistant director for student leadership development at University Student Housing. “This year, numerous chapters within the Alumni Association statewide will be sponsoring holiday parties in conjunction with the live streaming of Carol of Lights. We're excited to share this well-known campus tradition with the thousands of Red Raiders both on campus and from afar.”
The ceremony also will be broadcast live using the Texas Tech livestream and locally by Texas Tech Public Media on PBS.
The lights will be turned on daily from 6:30 p.m. to midnight Dec. 2, 2015 through Jan. 1, 2016.
The Texas Tech Police Department will close off vehicle access to Memorial Circle and Texas Tech's Broadway entrance for the ceremony beginning at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 1, and the official event hashtag is #TTUCOL on social media.