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Tree Lighting and Holiday Feast

Tree Lighting and Holiday Feast

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

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, Dec. 4, beginning at 5:30 p.m. This year, alumni, students and friends are invited to enjoy a Holiday Jazz Showcase concert at 8 p.m. in Cowan Hall.

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 St.

  • 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 St.
  • Photos with Santa
  • Activities for children
8 p.m. Holiday Jazz Showcase Concert, Cowan Hall
  • $5 adults, students free; pay at the Box Office.

Pre-event ticket price (RSVP by Monday, Nov. 30):
Adults = $10
Children 4 yrs to 10 yrs = $4
Under 4 yrs = Free
Prices at the Door:
Adults = $12
Children = $5

(Dinner is included with meal plan for Otterbein students). Tickets can be purchased in advance by clicking here, and a limited number of tickets will be available at the door.

For more information, contact Sarah Hickey in the President's Office at  shickey@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