Christmas at USF Amazes

Christmas at USF once again drew people not only from our university community but also greater Fort Wayne. We kicked off the season the night before Thanksgiving with the lighting of the wreath on the USF Performing Arts Center during Fort Wayne's annual Night of Lights.

Breakfast with Saint Nicholas on Dec. 7 attracted a record number of more than 170 guests, with many children on hand to enjoy all the activities provided by USF student organizations. Guests especially enjoyed talking with St. Nicholas during breakfast and photo time.

Our Dec. 8 activities included the Fair Trade Alternative Shopping Bazaar, sponsored by our business school’s Luca Pacioli Society students, and the Star of Bethlehem Planetarium show, a perennial favorite.

The Living Nativity brought light to the cold and dark of early winter with the story of Saint Francis and the Christmas Crèche, while Mirror Lake was illuminated by the many candles surrounding it following the Lighting of the Lake.

For the first time, the University Singers and Heartland Chamber Chorale joined in singing Handel's "Messiah" at our downtown campus, in the USF Performing Arts Center.

The cold and snow didn't keep people from attending Christmas in the Castle, either. This year more areas of Brookside were decorated, and people had a chance to select their favorite with our own USF People's Choice Award. The winner was Michael Abele, owner of Indulge. This was the first year Michael was involved in Christmas in the Castle and he and his staff did a beautiful job decorating the ballroom.

We hope you will put us on your calendar for next December so that you and your family can make the Christmas at USF tradition part of your holiday tradition. We also invite you to view the Christmas video we made this season.

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