Santa, reindeer and, yes, even snow were part of this year’s festivities at LaGrange College’s annual Christmas on the Hill Celebration Tuesday.
The event allowed for members of the community to interact with college students who were volunteering their time to put in a little holiday cheer for those in attendance, despite their rigorous schedules and upcoming finals.
“Seeing as this event is right before finals week, my hunch is that it’s festive and joyous,” said Quincy Brown, one of the professors at the college when asked what it means to the students to hold this event.
When the college used to be on a quarter system, students were normally gone when this event took place.
“Since students are back on campus during the first week of December, we wanted to have a traditional Christmas celebration,” Brown said.
Over the years, Christmas on the Hill has been a long standing tradition for the college. Planners of the event decided to make it a little bit more festive during the past couple of years with a few new additions, including live reindeer, which was one of the biggest hits from last year’s event and seemed to draw just as much attention this year.
Other activities at the event included pictures with Santa in his sleigh, Christmas karaoke, a snow pit, elf bowling, crafts for children and holiday treats.
Participants were encouraged to donate a can of non-perishable food to benefit Our Daily Bread, a local soup kitchen started by LaGrange College students.
Christmas on the Hill will be continuing throughout the week with a number of different events all leading up to the Service of Nine Lessons and Carols, which will take place Sunday at 7:30 in the Callaway Auditorium.