Brookside illuminated with luminaries around Mirror Lake during the Christmas season


Let the candles in the castle windows, the shining Christmas trees and the shimmering lake bear witness to the Nativity of Jesus Christ coming alive on our campus.

As we celebrate The Gift at our annual Christmas at USF tradition, rejoice with us at many activities exploring the awe and wonder of the season.

Brookside Tours featuring Crèches

  • December 2 and 9 from 4-6 p.m.
  • December 3, 4, 10, and 11 from noon to 5 p.m.
  • Brookside

Docent-led Brookside tours of decorated areas featuring crèches for Christmas. This is not a formal ticket event, but reservations are required. Reservations can be made at There are limited spots, and a freewill offering will be requested.

Breakfast with St. Nicholas

three children waiting to talk to St. Nick

  • Saturday, December 3 from 10 a.m. to noon
  • USF Performing Arts Center Ballroom

Bring family and friends for food and fun while learning about St. Nicholas. Of course, St. Nicholas is the saint whose life forms the basis for our modern-day Santa Claus. Enjoy this annual event, which features a buffet breakfast, storytime, crafts and games. Tickets are available through Eventbrite. Admission: $10 per adult, $6 children ages 2-12. Contact the Alumni Office at [email protected] or 260-399-8034 with questions.

Lighting of the Lake and Living Nativity

Children looking at a lighted luminary

  • Sunday, December 4 at 5:30-7:30 p.m.
  • St. Francis Chapel and Mirror Lake

Petting zoo begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by the blessing of luminaries dedicated to those who are special at 6 p.m. Immediately following the blessing, members of our University community will portray the Living Nativity. This special event honors the Christmas creche tradition begun by St. Francis in 1223, which reenacts the birth of Christ. End the evening with complimentary cookies and hot cocoa at Achatz Hall of Science and John and Toni Murray Research Center.

Place a luminary order or contact Willie Romero at [email protected] or 260-399-8033 with questions or visit

University Singers Christmas Concert

  • Wednesday, December 7 at 7 p.m.
  • St. Francis Chapel

The annual Christmas concert features traditional holiday favorites and sounds of the season, both old and new. The concert is free and open to the public. Contact mmcgo[email protected] with questions.

For general questions about Christmas at USF, please contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at 260-399-8033 or [email protected].