58th Annual ‘Carol of the Lights Ceremony’ Is This Friday
When Lubbockites think "tradition" many of us think "Carol of the Lights"- it's been a part of our collective holiday culture for longer than many of us have been alive, or even our parents or grandparents. Check out this "aww" worthy Youtube comment from last year's live stream:
The Carol of Lights is one of my most precious memories of my years at Texas Tech. It is made even more special now that my grandson is a member of the Goin' Band from Raiderland and performs with the Trombone Ensemble. The Carol of Lights is a treasured event on campus, and I hope it continues for years and years to come.
Treasred, indeed, as over 25,000 lights will adorn 1 buildings along with, you guessed it, carolling. It's truly a community event with both life-long Lubbockites and students and faculty from all over the world in attendance.
Times as followed, as per Tech's Official Page:
The 58th Annual Carol of Lights® will be held on Friday, December 2, 2016. The Carillon Concert will begin at 6:30 p.m. before the ceremony, with the Carol of Lights commencing at 7:00 p.m. The Masked Rider, Saddle Tramps Torch Light Processional, and High Riders will begin the ceremony at the University Seal on Broadway and follow the luminaria lighted route around Memorial Circle to the Science Quadrangle.
Worried about the electricity? Don't be! Tech has always been forward thinking with energy (see: all of their world-class wind energy programs) and in 2014 switched every light to LED. A strand of LED lights uses less than a quarter of the power needed for old-school Christmas lights.
For more fun facts about the rich history of the Carol of Lights, visit Texas Tech's Carol of the Lights page.