By London Mackall
Students that want to bring holiday cheer to the remaining weeks of the semester can enjoy holiday-themed events on- and off-campus.
1. Alpha Phi Omega Winter Clothes and Food Drive
APO is looking for clothing and non-perishable food items to donate to families in need who live in Berlin. They will be collecting these items on Nov. 30 in Red Square from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
2. The Angel Tree Program
Students that would like to make the holiday special for a child in the Salisbury area can participate in this volunteer opportunity. Students will be able to pick a tag to sponsor a child. Each student will pick out a present for a child that is between $15 and $25. For more information stop by Career Services (GUC 133), Student Activities Center (GUC 125), or the Center for Student Achievement (Academic Commons 125).
3. Tournament of Trees
The Guerrieri University Center’s (GUC) 13th Annual Tournament of Trees will return to Fireside Lounge. This year, Registered Student Organizations (RSOs) will decorate miniature holiday trees to represent their favorite holiday-themed song. The trees will be on display to the public in Fireside Lounge from Dec. 7 to Dec. 9. The creators of the top-three trees will receive money for their organization and, in addition to money, the first place winners will also receive a winner’s plaque. All of the trees will be donated to local nursing homes and shelters once the competition is over.
4. Winterfest of Lights
Students that enjoy seeing different elaborate light displays will enjoy this Ocean City, Md. tradition. The Winterfest of Lights features over one million holiday lights in various shapes and designs. The attraction also features hot chocolate and a gift shop. The festival will begin on Nov. 17 and continue until Jan. 1 at Northside Park. Admission is $5.
5. Spirituality Around the World
Students and community members alike are invited to Salisbury University’s holiday dinner in the Bistro. The dinner will celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa. It will also feature musical selections from Salisbury University guitarist Miranda Haney, alternative klezmer band Alexandria Kleztet and djembe and koutiro drummer Amadou Kouyate. This event will be held in the Commons Bistro on Dec. 7 from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
6. Salisbury Pops Holiday Concert
This free orchestra concert features a range of popular holiday musical selections that audience members will know all of the words to. Last year the concert featured hits such as “All I Want for Christmas is You” and “Sleigh Ride.” The concert will be held in Holloway Hall Auditorium at 7:30 p.m on Dec. 6.
7. Downtown Salisbury Holiday Tree Lighting
It may be difficult to fit a full-sized tree in one’s apartment or residence hall, but students can still enjoy Salisbury’s tree lighting ceremony. The ceremony will begin at 5 p.m. on Dec. 4. The evening in Downtown Salisbury will also include a visit from Santa, musical performances and art and craft vendors.