The University of Southern Indiana is excited to welcome back the annual Lighting a Tradition Reimagined event, set for 6-8 p.m. December 2 in University Center (UC) East. Full of family-friendly holiday festivities, the event is open to the public at no charge.
Lighting a Tradition Reimagined returns to USI after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year’s event will feature the following:
Santa Claus Appearance
One of the busiest guys of the holiday season, Santa Claus, will be in attendance, handing out candy canes to little ones and taking photos with attendees.
Live Band Holiday Music
Patriotic Souls will be performing holiday favorites. Dr. Robin Sanabria, Director of Counseling and Psychological Services, will be on keyboard and vocals; Chris Metz ’12 M’13, Staff Counselor, on lead guitar; Gary Isbell ’73 on electric bass; Danny Metzger on the drums; Ryan Rusk on vocals; and Mark Wallace on rhythm guitar and vocals.
The band will have a tip jar available during its performance, and 100% of proceeds will be donated to Archie’s Food Closet.
Student Government Association Religious Inclusivity Fair
The USI Student Government Association (SGA) will host a Religious Inclusivity Fair honoring various holiday traditions from different cultures. The Fair will feature informational tables and crafts for attendees to enjoy.
Ugly Holiday Sweater Contest
Attendees are invited to break out their ugliest holiday sweaters for a chance to win a prize. USI volunteers will be judging the contest.
Holiday Story Time
Members of the USI community will read their favorite holiday stories to spread holiday cheer.
Attendees will have the opportunity to create their own take-home ornaments with USI art and elementary education majors or write thankful notes to be hung on trees in the Fireside Lounge in UC East.
Cookies and hot chocolate will be available for a sweet warm-up between activities.
Student Organization Gingerbread Decorating Contest
Various student organizations on campus will be decorating gingerbread houses to be on display for judging at the event. Attendees will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite gingerbread houses.
SGA Holiday Movie
Following Lighting a Tradition Reimagined, SGA will host a holiday movie night in UC West, 2016-17.