Donors are set to shine at one of Elon’s most beloved traditions

Alumni, families and seniors once again have the chance to be featured on luminaries at this year’s Festival of Holiday Lights.

Even in a year of great change, the Elon community will continue its annual celebration of the Festival of Holiday Lights, while making several adjustments to ensure that the beloved tradition can be safely enjoyed by the entire campus community.

The luminaries that light the pathways will still shine bright, and all Elon students, faculty and staff are invited to take part in walking the beautifully lit pathways by wearing masks and staying safely distanced.

In addition, Elon will once again honor its generous alumni, faculty, staff, and senior student donors for the current fiscal year (since June 1) by placing their names on the luminarias.  Alumni who would like to be honored on a luminary or parents and families who would like to honor a current student can learn more and make a gift of any size here by Friday, Oct. 30, to participate. Gifts can support any area or program on campus. All gifts made to participate will also count toward the Elon LEADS Campaign.

The festival will take place on Thursday, Nov. 12, with a rain date of Tuesday, Nov. 17, to allow students to enjoy the festivities before leaving for break. Instead of one large gathering of performances and offerings, there will be seven interactive stations spread throughout Historic Campus to encourage a meandering of inspiration and contemplation. The focus of these stations will be light and enlightenment in the traditions and practices in Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism, Islam, Black and African American communities, secular identities, and LGBTQ communities.

For questions about donating to be honored on a luminary, please contact