Tuesday November 15, 2016

Christmas on Campus

Local children will come to the University of Dayton campus to enjoy hot chocolate, meet Santa and watch the Christmas tree light up during the 53rd annual Christmas on Campus Thursday, Dec. 8.

Each of the more than 1,000 Dayton Public School students expected to attend will be paired with a University undergraduate for crafts, a carnival, performances and more.

“This year’s theme is ‘Where All Roads Lead Home” because everyone has found a home here,” said junior Maddy Paramo. “It’s our second home, and we look forward to celebrating our Christmas spirit and Marianist values together.”

Started in 1964 as a way for students to celebrate the holiday before heading home for winter break, Christmas on Campus has evolved into what is believed to be one of the nation’s largest single-day, on-campus community service events. Nearly three-quarters of the undergraduate student body is involved in some way.

All activities are free and open to the public.

The schoolchildren will arrive in C Lot, off Evanston Avenue near the RecPlex, between 5 and 5:30 p.m.

The opening ceremony, live Nativity, tree lighting and Santa's arrival are scheduled for 5:30 p.m. in Humanities Plaza. Other activities, including a train display, cardboard maze and obstacle course, will take place in the Science Center, Jesse Philip Humanities Center, RecPlex, Bookstore and Kennedy Union.

Schoolchildren will return to their buses by 8 p.m. The Mass of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception will begin at 9:30 p.m. at Holy Angels Church.

Photos and messages can be shared on social media during the event through the Facebook page “Christmas on Campus” or the Twitter handle @COCUD or with the hashtag #UDCOC2016.

Events leading up to Christmas on Campus include a house-decorating contest in the student neighborhood, which will be judged at 8 p.m. Dec. 1.

For more information, contact Meagan Pant, assistant director of media relations, at 937-229-3256 or mpant1@udayton.edu.

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