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PLU to Host Events Throughout Holiday Season

PLU to Host Events Throughout Holiday Season

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Lighting Red Square
November 24, 2016

TACOMA, WASH. (Nov. 24, 2016)- It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas at Pacific Lutheran University. Throughout its history, PLU has developed numerous holiday pastimes that honor a variety of traditions, cultures and forms of joyful expression.


Celebration of Light  Nov. 30 | 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. | Red Square
The PLU Celebration of Light is Wednesday, November 30th on Red Square! The evening kicks off at 3:30pm with hot beverages, cookies, religious and cultural tabling and a holiday scavenger hunt. After the hunt, there will be a tree lighting ceremony at 5:15pm with caroling! All are welcome.

Breakfast with Santa  Dec. 3 | 9 – 11 a.m.  | Scandinavian Cultural Center
Get in the holiday spirit by joining us for a Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 3 on campus. Bring your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews or other future Lutes in your life for breakfast, story time, a craft project and picture with Santa (sent as a digital file after the event).  Breakfast will be served starting at 9 a.m. with Santa slated to arrive around 9:30 a.m.  Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children.

In Sweet Rejoicing!  Dec. 3, 4, 5, 9 and 10 |  Lagerquist Concert Hall  (ALL ON CAMPUS CHRISTMAS CONCERTS SOLD OUT. TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR PERFORMANCE IN SEATTLE.)
Ring in the season with a Christmas celebration that will warm the heart. Choir of the West, University Chorale and University Symphony Orchestra will perform J.S. Bach’s advent cantata “Wachet Auf” (Wake, awake!) as part of the university’s celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation. The program also will include one of Robert Russell Bennett’s beloved carol medleys, “The Many Moods of Christmas,” and traditional Christmas favorites and festive carols sung by the audience. Join us, In Sweet Rejoicing!

Our on-campus concerts are sold out, but you can still join us at Seattle’s beautiful Benaroya Hall on Dec. 5! Premier seating and reception options are available. More information available at

(Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) affiliates OPB and KCTS 9 (Seattle-Tacoma) will broadcast last year’s Christmas Concert ‘A Christmas Invitation) during primetime hours on Christmas Eve. Both stations will also re-air the broadcast three additional times, including at least once on Christmas Day.)

Julegudstjeneste: Annual Norwegian Language Advent Service  Dec. 7 | 7 p.m. | Ness Family Chapel
Come celebrate the Advent season with an authentic service conducted in Norwegian. Students studying Norwegian at PLU participate with songs and the reading of Scripture. The event is free and open to anyone who longs to hear, sing and celebrate the beauty of Christmas time using the Norwegian language. Reception to follow featuring homemade krumkake and kransekake. Come join us and help encourage the learning of Norwegian at PLU!

PLU Swing Club Holiday Dance  Dec. 7 | 8:30 p.m. | The Cave
Annual dance begins with a basic swing lesson. Open to all, cash entry at the door, $3 with a PLU ID and $5 for non-PLU students.

Sounds of Christmas  Dec. 8 | 8 p.m. | Lagerquist Concert Hall | Tickets
The University Singers and Men’s Chorus present an intimate musical journey through the season, framed in the format of the traditional Lessons and Carols. Come hear biblical readings, songs both familiar and new, and even participate in singing a few of the carols with the choirs! Brian Galante conducts the Men’s Chorus and the University Singers. Tickets: $8 general admission/ $5 senior citizens (55+), military, alumni / free PLU community, students, 18 and under. Tickets available online and through the PLU Concierge Desk (253 535-7411).

26th Annual Winterfest  Dec. 10 | 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. | East Campus (Mt. Rainier Lutheran High School)
On December 10, PLU CCES will welcome local Parkland, Tacoma and Spanaway families to the 26th Annual Winterfest with coats, toys, games, arts and crafts, and a visit from Santa. Over 500 families are invited to the this event and we need 300+ volunteers to help the event run smoothly. Interested in volunteering or donating much needed items? Click here to learn more:

(Winterfest is by invitation only. Families should contact these organizations directly for invitations: Franklin Pierce Schools, Bethel School District, Franklin Pierce Head Start/ECAEP, Eastside Family Support Center, Exodus House.) 

Sankta Lucia Fest Dec. 11 | 5 p.m. | Eastvold Auditorium
The Scandinavian Cultural Center is delighted to continue to present the Lucia Festival, featuring PLU students who embody the qualities of light and hope. At the festival, students sing Swedish songs, and dance Scandinavian dances. Come see the Sonoro Scandinavian Children’s Choir and other community singers celebrate the Swedish festival honoring Saint Lucy which marks the beginning of the Christmas season.  Free for students, $5 for Scandinavian Cultural Center Members, PLU community members, General Admission | Tickets available at the PLU Concierge (253-535-7411)

Baby, it’s Crow Outside!  Dec. 13 | 7:30 | Black Box Theatre (Karen Hille Phillips Center for the Performing Arts)
PLU’s student improv group, the Clay Crows, presents an evening of holiday themed improvised performance.

Nordic Christmas Fest (Nordic Jul Banquet)  Dec. 17 | 5 – 8pm | Scandinavian Cultural Center
Join us for our annual celebration of the wonderful traditions around the Christmas season that permeate Scandinavian culture! Enjoy a meal with Nordic food from all 5 countries, entertainment, and wonderful fellowship. God Jul alle samen! $50 per person.

Horns A Plenty Christmas Dec. 20 | 12 – 4pm | Lagerquist Concert Hall
Horns A Plenty Christmas is a charitable organization that offers horn players young and old the opportunity to come together and perform Christmas music for the general public. Guest artists are featured as a way to encourage the education and growth of participants, as well as to add their talent to the performance. PLU’s Dr. Gina Gillie will lead a master class which will be followed by a rehearsal with all of the participants. The event will end with a concert that is open to the public. More information about the organization and event can be found at