Wednesday November 11, 2015

Christmas on Campus

University of Dayton students and local schoolchildren will meet Santa, make ornaments, enjoy hot chocolate, light up a tree and more during the 52nd annual Christmas on Campus.

More than 1,000 Dayton Public School students are expected to attend, and each child will be paired with a University undergraduate for the Tuesday, Dec. 8, event.

“The theme this year is 'The Greatest Gift',” said Hannah Weiker, a junior. “We wanted to signify that it's not what's under the tree; Christmas on Campus is so much more than that. Our greatest gift is being together at Christmas."

Started in 1964 as a way for students to celebrate the holiday before heading home for winter break, Christmas on Campus has evolved into what is believed to be one of the nation’s largest single-day, on-campus community service events. Nearly three-quarters of the undergraduate student body is involved in some way.

All activities are free and open to the public.

The schoolchildren will arrive in C Lot, off Evanston Avenue near the RecPlex, between 5 and 5:30 p.m.

The opening ceremony, live Nativity, tree lighting and Santa's arrival are scheduled for 5:30 p.m. in Humanities Plaza.

Other activities, including a train display, carnival, cardboard maze, obstacle course, performances and crafts, will take place in the Science Center, Jesse Philip Humanities Center, RecPlex, Bookstore and Kennedy Union.

Schoolchildren will return to their buses by 8 p.m.

The Mass of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception will begin at 9:30 p.m. at Holy Angels Church.

Photos and messages can be shared on social media during the event through the Facebook page “Christmas on Campus” or the Twitter handle @COCUD or with the hashtag #UDCOC2015.

Events leading up to Christmas on Campus include a house-decorating contest in the student neighborhood, which will be judged at 8 p.m. Dec. 2.

For more information, contact Meagan Pant, assistant director of media relations, at 937-229-3256 or mpant1@udayton.edu.

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