Christmas at Seton Hall Returns with Tree Lighting Ceremony 12/6

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The following is from Seton Hall University


The community is invited to Seton Hall University on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 to celebrate Christmas at the Hall. Sing along to Christmas carols with our campus choirs, take pictures with the Seton Hall Pirate, enjoy free hot chocolate and other special holiday treats. There will be 5 p.m. Mass at the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception, 5:30 p.m. Blessing of the Crèche, and at 5:45 p.m. the Annual Christmas Tree Blessing and Lighting Ceremony on the University Green.

All are invited get into the Holiday spirit again this year as Seton Hall’s 60-foot Norway Spruce Christmas Tree lights up the sky with 43,000 lights.

The event includes musical performances from The Seton Notes, The Seminary Choir as well as the Seton Hall University Chorus. The blessing of the Christmas tree will be performed by Father Brian Needles.

“We invite the surrounding community to come together and celebrate this yearly tradition of lighting our Christmas tree with the Seton Hall community,” said Assistant Dean of Students Winston Roberts.

The community is asking to continue the tradition of performing “12 Acts of Christmas Kindness,” a movement that began in 2013 by then student Hillary Sadlon. Sadlon performed 22 random acts of kindness to celebrate her 22ndbirthday, and inspired the movement to begin. The hashtag, #SHUKindness is being used to spread the word this holiday season. To begin the extent of thoughtfulness, D.O.V.E will be giving out scarves to everyone who brings an unwrapped toy. The toys will be going to schools such as Don Bosco Prep in Ramsey New Jersey, Northstar Acadamy Charter school in Newark and the Genoa school district in Wayne County, West Virginia. A laser pen will also be given out to those who bring canned food to the event, which will go towards St. John’s Soup Kitchen in Newark.

In addition, Christmas at the Hall activities continue throughout the month with the annual winter holiday concert featuring the University Chorus, Chamber Choir, Orchestra, and Concert Band on December 13, 2016. The concert will take place at the South Orange Performing Arts Center and is free for the public, however seating is limited so reservations should be made in advance here or by calling the box office at (973) 313-2787.

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Seton Hall University is located at 400 South Orange Avenue, South Orange, New Jersey.

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