Annual Festival of Lights and Luminaries tradition to continue

This year, 2,400 luminaries and more than 50,000 lights will be spread across the Historic Neighborhood, Under the Oaks and across Lambert Academic Village.

Faith has been an essential pillar in the culture of Elon University since its founding in 1889 and continues more than 130 years later with the annual Festival of Lights and Luminaries, which will be held Tuesday, Nov. 30 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The Festival of Lights and Luminaries is an Elon tradition and annual celebration of light. Over 2,400 luminaries will be spread across the Historic Neighborhood, Under the Oaks and across the Lambert Academic Village this year. Buildings and trees will be lit with more than 50,000 lights. Hot chocolate and cider will be provided along the lined pathways.

Walking through campus, there will be a variety of interactive stations to explore focusing on various religious, spiritual and ethical traditions. These include Judaism, Hinduism, Christianity, Earth Traditions & Nature Spirituality, Islam, Spirit & Pride, Traditions & Religions of the African Diaspora and Buddhism. Each station will offer educational materials, giveaways and focus on diverse expressions celebrating light. Amidst and between these stations will be musical performances from students, faculty and staff from a cappella groups in Belk Amphitheater to a brass quartet outside of West Hall.

Lambert Academic Village will also host Winter Wonderland, a craft and cultural market sponsored by the World Languages and Cultures Department at Elon.