A Cherokee County holiday tradition will be held for the 28th straight year when Limestone College hosts its Annual Christmas on Campus, Saturday, December 1st, beginning at 5:00 p.m.
The evening will include streets lined with the soft glow of luminaries, selections from Irving Berlin's White Christmas The Musical, a reading of the classic A Christmas Story, and a visit from Santa Claus.
In the spirit of the holidays, all of these activities are provided free, and the entire community is encouraged to attend.
"Over the years, the activities of the night have grown and expanded to make Christmas on Campus one of the signature events held at Limestone," said K.C. Barnhill, Director of Alumni and Parent Programs at Limestone. "Each year, the entire campus sparkles with holiday cheer."
Christmas on Campus Schedule
5:00 p.m. Lighting of the Luminaries
The Sixth Annual Limestone Luminaries Christmas Decorating Contest will take place along the luminary route of College Drive, Rutledge Avenue, South Johnson Street, South Petty Street, and South Limestone Street. All homes where luminaries are placed are eligible to win the contest. The event is sponsored by Buford Street Drugs and ACE Hardware. Gift certificates will be awarded to the first, second, and third place winners. If you qualify and would like to participate in the decorating contest, please contact Barnhill at 488.4606.
6:30 - 7:30 p.m. White Christmas Musical Selections; Fullerton Auditorium
The College's Music and Theatre Departments will perform selections from Irving Berlin's White Christmas, The Musical for all those attending the festivities. The production, which is scheduled to run in its entirety in Fullerton Auditorium Nov. 29-Dec. 2 and again Dec. 6-8, is about a successful song-and-dance team who become romantically involved with a sister act and team up to save the failing Vermont inn of their former commanding general.
7:45-7:55 p.m. Reading of A Christmas Story and Lighting of the Christmas Tree; Front Campus
Announcement of winners for the Luminaries Christmas Decorating Contest will also be made during this time.
7:55 p.m. Visit from Santa Claus; Front Campus
The jolly big man in red himself is scheduled to make a personal appearance and hear from all of the little boys and girls in Cherokee County. His visit is also a wonderful opportunity for youngsters to have their photos taken with Santa.
Limestone's Christmas on Campus dates back to 1984 when the late Les Gregory, a former employee and graduate of Limestone College, arranged for 200 luminaries to be lit in honor of retired Limestone College professor Lucy G. Wheeler. With that, Christmas on Campus was born. Since the event's inception, the luminaries have grown from 200 to 10,000 candles and Christmas on Campus has evolved into the night of magic and wonder that we know today.