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Lighting the Way

Lighting the Way

Holiday cheer overflows during the annual “Lighting the Way for the Holidays” celebration. Sponsored by the Student Government Association, this event is the University’s youngest tradition.

This campus celebration includes holiday music, hot chocolate and photos with Southern Miss mascot Seymour and Santa Claus. The University’s 30-foot Christmas tree, which features more than 17,000 lights, sits on the front lawn of the Aubrey K. Lucas Administration Building. In addition, approximately 30 small lanterns adorn the front entrance to campus, sponsored by student organizations and other Southern Miss departments. Each year, groups that sponsor a lantern also raise money to benefit a local nonprofit organization or agency.

Lighting the Way for the Holidays

Wednesday, December 1  |  6 p.m.
Aubrey K. Lucas Administration Building, South Lawn


Join us for Lighting the Way for the Holidays, Southern Miss’ annual holiday tradition! We will host a tree lighting ceremony, followed by a Holiday Celebration at 6:30 p.m. at the Centennial Green by Cook Library.

Expect cookie and ornament decorating, photo booths, holiday movie showings and even an iceless skating rink! The fun keeps going at 9 p.m. when SMAC will kick off Late Night Meal in Union Plaza. 

These events are free and open to the community. We hope to see you there!