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Celebrating Light and Hope



December 02, 2013
Merrimack College has long enjoyed the tradition of the Celebration of Light and Hope during the first week of December.  Though it has evolved over time, the community has always treasured the lighting of the Christmas tree through the power of the children of the community.

On Tuesday, December 3 beginning at 5:30 p.m., all are invited to come together to witness the tree lighting from the lobby of the Rogers Center for the Arts.  To get everyone in the holiday mood, the Merrimack College Choral Group will perform Christmas carols until the big “lighting.”  Additionally, in the spirit of brotherhood, the Hanukkah Menorah will be lit.

Following the tree lighting and the lighting of the Menorah, the group will be led by the children into the DiCroce Family Lobby of the Merrimack Athletics Complex where a light buffet will be served, including appetizers, a slider bar and a hot chocolate bar, all the while being entertained by the Merrimack Jazz Band.  Directed by Charlie Collins, the Jazz Band is made up of Merrimack faculty and students and alumni who return to jam with the band.

Santa will be making an appearance and children, young and old, will get their photo taken with the honored guest.  Holiday craft tables will keep youngsters busy making a holiday gift for someone special!

The last part of the evening is the thrill of skating with the Merrimack Hockey Team and other Merrimack athletes in the Lawlor Arena.  Skates will be provided to those who need them so there are no excuses!

This community celebration is an opportunity for faculty, staff and their families to mingle with students during this special time of year as we celebrate the Light that is Christ and the Hope for world peace. Hope to see you there!

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