A WOU tradition goes virtual! WOU’s 53rd annual Holiday Tree Lighting will be live broadcast this year on Friday, Nov. 20, at 6 p.m. Festivities include remarks from mayors of both Monmouth and Independence, words from WOU President Rex Fuller, an essay read by a winning local elementary student, and appearances by Santa and Mrs. Claus. The lighting of the Giant Sequoia Tree in front of Campbell Hall will serve as the grand finale of the event.
Here is the link to watch the broadcast, and community members can also tune into watch via WOU’s Facebook page or Minet/EZ video channel 20. There’s no in-person activities for the event this year.
The Holiday Tree Lighting is a staple event, and typically sees thousands of community members braving the cold to see the Giant Sequoia Tree lit up with festive lights, and participating in the multitude of holiday-themed activities. We wanted to help you get into the holiday spirit. so here’s a few tips for celebrating the event at home.
Wear a holiday sweater: grab an “ugly” holiday sweater from the store or decorate your own to celebrate the holidays with festive attire.
Grab a cozy blanket: nothing says winter like snuggling up in a warm blanket on the couch.
Hot beverage: whether you chose hot chocolate or tea, apple cider or coffee, a warm, tasty drink will be sure to put you in the holiday spirit.
Pine scented candle (or other holiday-oriented scents): make it feel like the Giant Sequoia is right in front of you by lighting a pine scented candle. Other holiday favorites include peppermint, sugar cookie, and apple cider scented candles.
Call friends or family and watch together: just because the event is virtual doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate the season with friends and family. Plan a Zoom call to watch the Tree Lighting together!
Follow it up with a holiday movie: our recommendations: the Will Ferrell classic Elf, the animated Polar Express, or any of The Santa Clause movies.
Holiday music: jazz up your space with holiday music. Set up your speaker and turn on a playlist.
A festive treat or two: another great way to get into the holiday spirit is by snacking on a festive treat. Maybe grab a pack of candy canes, make your favorite winter dessert, or pick up a special treat from the store.
However you choose to celebrate the season, we wish you happy holidays, and hope to see you (virtually) at the 53rd Annual Holiday Tree Lighting.
Article photograph courtesy of The Western Howl, 2014