ETSU welcomes community to annual holiday lights celebration
Published 2:55 pm Friday, November 3, 2023
East Tennessee State University is ready to illuminate the campus once again for the most wonderful time of the year.
The community is invited to the annual holiday lights ceremony on Monday, Nov. 13, at 5:45 p.m. at ETSU’s Alumni Plaza (at Burgin Dossett Hall facing the Carillon). The event is free and open to the public.
Festivities will include live music by the ETSU Jazz Ensemble, a movie, free hot cocoa, cookies and more. ETSU President Dr. Brian Noland, SGA President Trent White and ETSU’s beloved mascot, Bucky, will take part in the lighting ceremony.
“This is one of my favorite holiday traditions, as we celebrate the season on our beautiful campus,” said Noland. “The lights add a touch of magic to our campus, and we welcome the community to enjoy them with us throughout the holiday season.”
New to the holiday lights tradition this year is the free screening of the holiday classic “Frosty’s Winter Wonderland,” set to take place in ETSU’s Bud Frank Theatre in Gilbreath Hall at 6:30 and 7:15 p.m.
The evening also will include the return of the ETSU synthetic ice-skating rink, a popular addition to ETSU’s University Commons last year. After the holiday lights are turned on, skating will be free to ETSU students, faculty and staff with a valid ID. The public also is welcome to skate; rental rates and additional information is available on the skating website.
The campus will be illuminated throughout the holiday season, and visitors are invited to stop by for an evening stroll or take a relaxing drive through campus.