With some of the best Holiday traditions happening around the nation, we decided to bring you a short list of what traditions are happening on college campuses and within the community that you might not yet know about!
1. Northwestern State University
Northwestern State University's annual Christmas Gala attracts over 12,000 people to celebrate the magic of the holidays and Christmas. It has been inspired by New York's Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular and features a variety of skits, dance numbers, and of course: songs!
2. Midwestern State University-Burns
The Fantasy of Lights is tradition to the Midwestern State University-Burns' campus and attracts all community members. The festival is filled with themes and characters from well-known fairy tales, children stories, and other holiday themes.
3. University of the Incarnate Word
This university's campus definitely flips the switch and turns the entire campus into an incredible exposition with nearly one million Christmas lights. Whoa! This holiday tradition is one of the most anticipated traditions in San Antonio. Visitors and residents of the campus can enjoy all that this Christmas wonderland has to offer.
4. Purdue University
With nearly 30,000 attendees, the annual Purdue Christmas Show is sure to be a magical, lyrical production that viewers won't want to miss. Not only can you see the show in person, but it is also available to people across the nation through Public Television and the Armed Forces Radio Network.
5. University of Colorado-Boulder
University of Colorado-Boulder's Holiday Festival is this communities annual tradition that is packed full of season music which includes compilations from choirs, orchestras, ensembles and faculty soloists. All of the proceeds for the festival go directly to the CU Music Scholarship Fund.
6. Gordon College
What rings in the holiday's better than caroling, hot chocolate, bonfires, s'mores, hayrides and of course Christmas lights?! The Annual Christmas Gala held at Gordon College encompasses a variety of choirs from communities all over to help put on an incredible performance.
7. Mississippi College
Mississippi College's Festival of Lights attracts more than 1,200 people to attend a college orchestrated concert that features both music and scriptural readings.
8. Michigan State University
Michigan State University hosts the Evening of Lights celebration at the Hidden Lake Garden which is a botanical garden and arboretum. The entire grounds, gardens and conservatory will be glowing from floor to ceiling with lights and luminaries with accompanying colors and themes.
9. Wartburg College
The Christmas with Wartburg has a series of four concerts that take place both on and off campus to accompany all attendees. There are a variety of groups that participate in the program, like the Wartburg Choir, Wind Ensemble, Handbell Choir and many more. Alongside of the musical performance is the Wartbug Community Festival of Trees which is hosted together by Wartburg College and the Waverly Chamber of Commerce.
10. Brigham Young University
Brigham Young University's tradition of Freeze Fest will take place before finals to help you de-stress! During Freeze Fest, students can expect to break the ice of the ice arena and get social. There are tons of activities happening that day like cookie decorating, broom hockey, ice skating, hot chocolate, and more.
11. Texas Tech University
During this holiday tradition, you can come and enjoy more than 25,000 colored lights that will illuminate over 18 buildings on campus during Texas Tech University's Carol of Lights. This is truly one of Texas Tech's largest standing traditions and is well-attended by over 20,000 of its students and residents!