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St. Mary’s University Christmas tree lighting ceremony

Last updated on January 10, 2023

The St. Mary’s University Christmas tree lighting ceremony and alumni Christmas social on November 30 featured caroling around the Nativity scene and Christmas tree, 35,000 pounds of shaved-ice snow creating a children’s wonderland, and the projection of Blessed Virgin Mary and Christ Child on historic St. Louis Hall.

Members of the St. Mary’s community gathered beginning at Alkek Plaza for song and prayer led by carolers before the Nativity scene and celebrated the lighting of the large Christmas tree. 

Guests then made their way to the Pecan Grove, where about 4 inches of human-made snow was on the ground to play in during the alumni social. 

The Alumni Association collected unwrapped, new or gently used toys from guests to support the St. Mary’s University Miracle on 36th Street toy drive. 

View photos from the event on our Facebook page