The 36th Annual Celebration of Lights at Southern Arkansas University on December 5, 2019, promises holiday cheer with joyful displays, festive food and song, free photos with Santa, and a special holiday presentation of “The Santa Clause 3: Escape Clause.”
Activities in the Reynolds Center begin at 3 p.m with the first showing of “The Santa Clause 3: Escape Clause”. Two other shows will take place at 5 and 7 p.m. Snow globe creation begins at 3 p.m and carries on until 7 p.m., also in the Reynolds Center.
The Celebration of Lights festivities continue at Overstreet Hall and will follow the arrival of the Magnolia Christmas Parade, “Jingle Down Jackson,” which runs from 5-6 p.m. The parade concludes in the Reynolds Center parking lot at SAU.
Following the parade, RHA will begin the Overstreet Lighting with special guests Sam and Rose Biley lighting the SAU Holiday Tree; SAU President Dr. Trey Berry will offer greetings; the SAU Band and Chamber Singers will perform Christmas medleys; and refreshments will be provided. After parade winners are announced, the carolers will lead the procession to the Mall Area for the lighting of the bell tower.
The Magale Library will be the home to the other special guest on campus, Mrs. Claus. Be sure to stop by during one of the storytime sessions at 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. Children will receive a free copy of “Jingle Bells” while supplies last.
Free photos with Santa, always a family favorite, along with the annual holiday buffet dinner and Christmas music are from 6-8 p.m. in the Reynolds Center. Adult tickets are $9.25 and tickets for children (5-12) are $4.25. Tickets can be purchased at the door.
For more information, call 870-235-4012.