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Tree Lighting and Holiday Feast

Tree Lighting and Holiday Feast

Celebrate the Holidays with Otterbein's Annual Tree Lighting and Holiday Feast!

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas! Jack Frost has started to nip at noses, Christmas shopping has started, and Otterbein University is kicking off the season with its annual Christmas Tree Lighting and Holiday Feast on Friday, December 1, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Otterbein president Kathy Krendl will illuminate the official Otterbein University Christmas Tree on Towers Hall lawn, 1 S. Grove St. The tradition of a Christmas tree lighting ceremony began at Otterbein in 1961.

Event details are as follows:
5:30 p.m. Tree Lighting on Towers Plaza, 1 S. Grove Street
  • Music and carols
  • Holiday message by Chaplain Judith Guion-Utsler
  • Tree Lighting by President Kathy Krendl
  • Visit from Santa
  • Candy canes from the Campus Activities Board
6 p.m. Holiday Feast in the Campus Center, 100 W. Home Street
  • Photos with Santa
  • Activities for children
Prices at the Door:
Adults = $12
Children = $5
(Dinner is included with meal plan for Otterbein students.) 

Menu includes the following:
Seasonal Garden Salad with Lemon Poppy Vinaigrette
Shrimp Cocktail with Sauce
Creamy Potato Soup with Green Onion Garnish

Main Course:
urkey Breast (white and dark meat) with house-made cranberry sauce
Sirloin with Bleu Cheese Cream Sauce
Crispy Mostarda Tempeh with Wild Arugula

Cinnamon Maple Brown Sugar Sweet Potato Puree
Mashed Potatoes with Turkey Gravy (on the side)
Green Beans with Crispy Prosciutto and Toasted Almonds
Carrots with Parsley and Herbs

Assorted Rolls
with whipped butters

New York Cheesecake
Pumpkin Roll

Build Your Own Sundae Bar to include:
Chocolate syrup, caramel, marshmallows, Oreo crumbs, holiday sprinkles, whipped cream, cherries

egan Black Bean Fudge Brownies

Fresh Fruit Platter

Assortment of Petit Fours

Gourmet Coffee, Hot Chocolate and Hot Apple Cider
Served with candy canes, cinnamon sticks, whipped cream, chocolate shavings, chocolate syrup and peppermint syrup

Cranberry Mint Cooler 


For more information, contact Tammy Lowks in the President's Office at  tlowks@otterbein.edu or 614-823-1420.

/ Fast Facts

Location / Westerville, OH
President / Dr. Kathy Krendl
Mascot / Cardy the Cardinal
Colors / Tan and Cardinal
Founded / 1847
Students / approx. 3,000
Students to faculty / 12:1
Majors / 74
Minors / 44
Graduate Programs / MBA, MAT, MAE, MSN, DNP, MSAH, MAEM