The Tuesday following Thanksgiving, Lubbock Christian University (LCU) hosted its ninth annual Big Blue Christmas celebration.
The unseasonably pleasant, calm evening was filled with Christmas fun to celebrate the birth of Christ and bring the holiday spirit to campus guests. The LCU mall area was filled with the sounds of caroling, music, and laughter under the glow of thousands of blue lights around cartoon-themed stations with fun Christmas crafts for visitors to take home. Santa also made his customary appearance in the Christa Dobbs Center for Business for photo opportunities, and other photos were available throughout the illuminated campus.
A few additional buildings on LCU’s campus were framed with classic blue Christmas lights this year, sponsored by Lite-Netics Magnetic Lighting, a proud LCU Community Partner and sponsor for the event. The LCU dining hall was filled with savory scents as they offered a traditional Christmas dinner for all visitors, and food trucks were also on site with snacks and drinks available for purchase, including Community Partners Kona Ice and Soda Shack.
As the scent of smoke from the crackling campfires wafted across campus, the LCU Music Division made its annual performances on the steps of the moody auditorium framed by the sunset. The evening featured each of its ensembles, including Best Friends, the Praise Choir, Forte, Chamber Singers, Symphonic Band, Jazz Band, and a final rendition of the holiday classic, “Sleigh Ride” with the full choir and band.
A highlight of the night was the Toys for Tots toy drive, hosted again by the LCU Cheer and Softball teams, who partnered with the United States Marine Corps in the Toys for Tots program to collect toys. Guests were invited to bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to this great cause, meet LCU cheerleaders and softball players, and give the gift of giving this Christmas.
LCU President Dr. Scott McDowell said, “As a Christ-centered institution, remembering the birth of Jesus is a joyful moment for Lubbock Christian University, and we are always excited to host the annual Lubbock tradition called the Big Blue Christmas Celebration. While we might want to claim a connection to Elvis’s classic song, ‘Big Blue Christmas’ is actually a shout out to our school color of blue.”
Check out highlights from the festive night below!