The annual festival has been reimagined this year and will be held in the historic section of campus from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Due to the possibility of inclement weather, Elon University will now host its reimagined Festival of Holiday Lights, originally scheduled for Nov. 12, on Tuesday, Nov. 17, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. within the heart of campus.
Walkways and areas in the center of campus south of East Haggard Avenue will be lined with luminaries bearing the names of donors, and festive lights will adorn trees. The festival is focused on Under the Oaks, around Alamance Building and in the Leo M. Lambert Academic Village.
Rather than a single, large-scale program held on Scott Plaza around Fonville Fountain like in years past, the festival will offer seven stations spread throughout the neighborhood. These stations will focus on light and enlightenment in the traditions and practices of Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism, Islam, Black and African American communities, secular identities and LGBTQ communities. Each station will be different and interactive, inviting a walking visit through each section of the neighborhood. Campus partners for the event include CREDE, SGA, KD, LEAF, CCM, Hillel, EMPRESS, Iron Tree Blooming, Spirit & Pride, Office of Sustainability, and Elon Muslim Society.
“We plan surprising perspectives on light, hope, peace and celebration to explore and experience,” said University Chaplain Rev. Jan Fuller.
Elon student Liam O’Connor ’22 has worked with Elon’s a capella groups to create an album containing songs of light, hope and enlightenment that will be played at the Phi Beta Kappa Commons station.
All who attend are reminded to wear face coverings and to practice physical distancing.