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Christmas Coming Early to SLU's Quad

To celebrate the holiday season, Saint Louis University will host its inaugural “Christmas on the Quad,” beginning at 5:15 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2, and the entire SLU community is invited to celebrate.

The festival begins with Mass at St. Francis Xavier College Church and church tours will be available following the liturgy.

The party continues on SLU’s Quad at 6 p.m. as the University’s traditional outdoor gathering space transforms with an inflatable bounce house, photo booth, The Bubble Bus, fire pits, s’mores stations, face painting, crafts and carolers. Old St. Nick himself will be on hand for photos while guests nibble cookies and sample hot chocolate, tea and coffee. Adventurous Christmas revelers and clotheshorses can don their tackiest holiday best for the “Ugly Sweater” contest.

Heartier dinners will be available for purchase at SLU’s newest residence hall, Grand Hall, from 6 to 9 p.m.

The festival’s highpoint, the lighting of the University Christmas Tree, is set for 7 p.m. Christopher Collins, S.J., assistant to the president for mission and identity, will bless the tree before University President Fred P. Pestello, Ph.D., sets it alight in anticipation of Christmas.

In addition to celebrating the Christmas spirit, Christmas on the Quad is seeking volunteers. Register here to volunteer to help with the celebration. Help is needed for tasks ranging from manning the cookie station to handing out s'more kits among other tasks.

The event is free although there is a charge for some activities and for dinner. Registration to attend is also available.

For more information, contact Alumni and Donor Engagement or call 314-977-2250.