Looking to find some Christmas spirit? Here’s a lineup of festivities so you can usher in the season with friends and neighbors.
Thursday, December 1:
Check out the AUSA Tree Lighting Ceremony at 6 p.m. Andrews University will become a merrier place with the lighting of the tree at the center of campus, officially kicking off the Christmas season. Afterwards, head to the Campus Center for hot cocoa and treats.
Berrien Springs welcomes you to “Kindle Your Christmas Spirit” at their Christmas Open House from 6 to 9 p.m. Take a ride on a horse-drawn carriage and watch the creation of ice sculptures. Wander around town with friends and make some crafts, peep the decorations and sip a warm drink.
Friday, December 2:
Listen to carols and other Christmas tunes at the 2016 “Welcome Christmas Choral Concert,” which will begin at 7 p.m in the Howard Performing Arts Center. The Andrews University Chorale and Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Stephen Zork, will present pieces addressing the theme “Sweet Little Jesus Boy.” The centerpiece of the concert will be “Estampie Natalis” (The story of the Birth), by Vaclav Nelhybel. Celebrate diversity and the Christmas season while enjoying some unfamiliar songs that can brighten your holidays.
Saturday, December 3:
The Andrews University Symphony Orchestra, led by guest conductor Andrew Koehler, will present “The Sounds of Christmas,” an evening of international music from 8 to 10 p.m. at the Howard Performing Arts Center. Featuring works by Rimsky-Korsakov, Delius, Bizet, Sibelius and Mozart, among many others, the program will also present traditional Ukrainian Christmas pieces. The orchestra will be joined by the Andrews University Singers with their director Stephen Zork for both Ukrainian and American carols.
Friday, December 9:
Andrews Academy’s 44th annual “Feast of Lights” program will begin at 7 p.m. in Pioneer Memorial Church (PMC). The dynamic program will include choral music, congregational hymns, Scripture and drama that will help make the Christmas story vivid and personal. Take the opportunity to interact with the broader Andrews’ community and see the PMC area brightened by Christmas lights.
Sunday, December 11:
If you’re still local after Finals Week, the Sunday Music Series invites participation with a Christmas Carol Sing from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Pioneer Memorial Church. Get into the Christmas spirit by singing familiar carols and Christmas hymns.