Welcome the holidays with the Southern Arkansas University Celebration of Lights, which will be held Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017, on the SAU campus.
The annual event kicks off with the Family Christmas Movie, “Elf,” at 3 p.m. in Foundation Hall. Showings are also scheduled for 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. The Magnolia Christmas Parade, “Making the Season Bright,” will begin at 5 p.m. (Parade ends in the Reynolds Center parking lot at SAU.) Train rides will also be available in the mall area from 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Story Time with Mrs. Claus will be at the Magale Library at 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. There will be free storybooks available while supplies last.
RHA Overstreet Lighting is at 6 p.m. and features greetings by RHA members and Dr. Trey Berry, president of SAU; lighting of the Christmas tree by donors as well as the Lighting of the Centennial Tree, and performances by the SAU Band, Heritage Singers and Chamber Singers. At the end of the program, the parade winners will be announced. Refreshments will be available.
Reynolds Center activities include personalized photo mugs at no charge from 4 p.m.-8 p.m., photos with Santa and Angel Tree adoptions from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. At 6:30 p.m., members of Magnolia Presbyterian Church will play hand bells in the Reynolds Center, 2nd floor.
The lighting of the bell tower will follow the Overstreet program at 6:25 p.m. in the mall area.
A buffet dinner follows in Grand Hall at the Reynolds Center. Adult tickets are $8.50 and tickets for children 5-12 are $4. (Children under age 5 eat free.) Tickets can be purchased at the door. Christmas music will be provided by pianist Walter Hale and violinist Deena Hardin.
Finally, the SAU family musical, “Madagascar,” will be performed at 7 p.m. at Harton Theatre.
For more information, call 870-235-4028.