Carol of Lights
With the flip of a switch, more than 25,000 colored lights will illuminate 13 buildings around Memorial Circle, The Engineering Key and the Broadway Entrance to the campus during Texas Tech University's Carol of Lights.
The 55th Annual Carol of Lights will be held on Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013. The Ceremony will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a Carillon Concert. At 7:00 p.m., the Masked Rider and Horse, Saddle Tramps Torch Light Processional and High Riders will begin at the University Seal at the Broadway Entrance and follow the Luminaria Lighted Route around Memorial Circle to the Science Quadrangle.
The Tech Trombone Choir, under the direction of Jim Decker, will accompany the Texas Tech University Combined Choirs, led by Andrew Kreckmann.
The University Police Department will close off vehicle access to Memorial Circle and the Broadway Entrance for the ceremony Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013 at 5:30 p.m. The parking area in the Quadrangle will be cleared by 5:30 p.m., Monday, December 2nd, 2013 to prepare staging and sound equipment.
The lights will be turned on every night from dusk until midnight from December 4th, 2013 through January 1st, 2014.
History and Fun Facts
This annual event, sponsored by the Texas Tech Residence Halls Association, is attended by over 20,000 Tech students and local residents. The Carol of lights is one of Texas Tech's largest and oldest traditions. The event brings together both the Texas Tech and Lubbock communities during its ceremonies.
In the 1950s, Dr. Gene Hemmle, co-founder of the Carol of Lights, got together with a small group of students in the residence halls. They gathered at Memorial Circle to sing Christmas carols and drink hot chocolate. Officially organized in 1959, with 5,000 lights, the event was first called the Carol of Lights in 1961 with a display of 16,000 lights. The ceremony has continued every year except in 1972, when Tech cancelled the event because of the university's energy conservation policy.
In 1992, the Carol of Lights received a Certificate of Registration from the State of Texas.
In late September, a team from the University Physical Plant begins securing lights on the buildings. They work daily for over a month (in both good and bad weather!) to have the buildings ready for the celebration.
In support of RHA and TTU's sustainability initiatives, we are in the process of converting 20% of the lights each year to LED. The 2013 event should be the first that will be 100% LED. LED (short for light-emitting diode) bulbs are 87% more efficient, more durable and less likely to break in the West Texas wind.
A 38-foot Christmas Tree, purchased by Mr. Jim Sowell in 2002, will be raised at the Broadway Entrance to campus on or around November 21 and 22.
Members of the Women's Service Organization (WSO) will set up the 20 foot wreath made of fresh cut pine limbs on the Science Building during the week of November 28.
ALPHA PHI OMEGA and CHI Rho will place 3,000 luminarias around Memorial Circle the night of the ceremony.
Read more about the history of this tradition at Texas Tech Today:
Questions & Concerns
The Carol of Lights is possible through the cooperative efforts of many student organizations on the Texas Tech campus. We appreciate any effort you can make to publicize this event. If you have any concerns or questions regarding the Carol of Lights, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.