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Otterbein Community Celebrates the Holiday Season

November 19, 2015
Otterbein University

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas. Jack Frost has started to nip at noses, snow is falling, 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. The tradition of a Christmas tree lighting ceremony began at Otterbein in 1961. The Tree Lighting begins at 5:30 p.m. on Towers Hall lawn, 1 S. Grove St., followed by the Holiday Feast at 6 p.m. in the Campus Center, 100 W. Home St.

New to the annual celebration is a Holiday Jazz Concert following dinner at 8 p.m. in the Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St. Tickets to the concert are $5 for adults, free for students with ID.

Event details are as follows:

5:30 p.m. – Tree Lighting on Towers Plaza, 1 S. Grove St.

  • Holiday message by Chaplain Judith Guion-Utsler
  • Tree Lighting by President Kathy Krendl
  • Music and carols
  • 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
  • Performance by Towers Brass

8 p.m. – Holiday Jazz Concert, 30 W. Grove St.

  • Tickets are $5 for adults, free for students with ID.

Dinner is $10 for adults, $4 for ages 4-10 and free for age 3 or younger. Tickets can be purchased in advance at www.otterbein.edu/treelighting. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door.

For more information, contact Matthew D’Oyly at (614) 823-1250 or mdoyly@otterbein.edu.

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Jenny Hill
Director of Marketing and Communications
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