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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, Dec. 5, beginning at 5:30 p.m. A canned food drive at both the Tree Lighting and the Dinner will benefit Westerville Area Resource Ministry (WARM).

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
  • Canned food drive
6 p.m. Holiday Feast in the Campus Center, 100 W. Home St.
  • Photos with Santa
  • Activities for children
  • Canned food drive

$10 general, $4 for ages 4-10, free for age 3 or younger. (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 Matthew D’Oyly at (614) 823-1963 or mdoyly@otterbein.edu.

/ 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