Otterbein’s Annual Tree Lighting and Holiday Feast

It’s time for a few treasured traditions to return — and Otterbein hopes you’ll share in some very special festivities. Otterbein’s annual Tree Lighting and Holiday Feast officially kicked off the season on Dec. 1.

President John Comerford hosted the event on Towers Plaza with live music, hot chocolate and candy cane treats, Towers Brass, OtterTuned, a special holiday message from Rev. Lucy Kelly, Church of the Master, and the big moment when the tree is illuminated.

The glow of Towers Hall shone in the background as the tree twinkles once again as part of a tradition that started in 1961.

The celebration continued at Otterbein’s Campus Center with the Holiday Feast. This special meal is included in student dining plans. Alumni, friends, employees, and other guests purchased dinner tickets at the door.

Event Details

Tree Lighting on Towers Plaza
When: Friday, Dec. 1, 2023
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Where: 1 S. Grove St.

  • Live music and carols.
  • Holiday message shared by Rev. Lucy Kelly, Church of the Master.
  • Tree lighting by President John Comerford.
  • Towers Brass and OtterTuned.
  • Candy canes and hot chocolate from Otterbein’s Campus Activities Board.

Holiday Feast at the Otterbein Campus Center
Time: Immediately following the Tree Lighting, 6 p.m.
Where: 100 W. Home St.

Holiday Feast Details:
Guests can purchase their meal at the door.

  • Adults tickets are $17.
  • Children ages 7 through 12 are $7.
  • Children age 6 and under are free.

Note: Dinner is included with meal plan for Otterbein students.

Contact Us

Matthew R. D’Oyly '04
Director, Events and Conferences

Lexi McNeal '23
Coordinator, Events and Conferences

Justin Akers
Technology Coordinator, Events and Conferences

Taylor Shimp '25
Graduate Assistant, Events and Conferences