WCU to Celebrate Christmas

Hattiesburg, Miss., December 3, 2013 - William Carey University will host a Christmas dinner for residential students in Wilkes Dining Hall followed by the annual Christmas Vespers and Hanging of the Green service in Smith Auditorium in the Thomas Fine Arts Center on December 5. Following Vespers, WCU will also hold an Old -Fashioned Christmas Festival in the area between Bass Hall and Ross Hall.

The dinner begins at 4:30 p.m. in the Student Conference Center. The Vespers service, which follows from 6-7, is free and open to the public. Presented by the WCU Chorale, Vespers is a celebration of the Advent of Christ. It features Christmas carols performances by the instrumental ensemble, and scripture readings telling the Christmas Story. After the Vespers service, students, faculty, staff, and guests exit the auditorium in a candlelight processional to WCU’s Chain Garden for carols and a campus sparkling in holiday lights.

The Old-Fashioned Christmas Festival, which will be held from 7:15-9 p.m., is also free and open to the public. The festival will feature pictures with Santa Claus, Christmas games and musical performances. The community is invited to enjoy food, fellowship, and music with activities for the entire family.

For more information about the Christmas Vespers and Hanging of the Green service, contact the School of Music at (601) 318-6175. For more information about the Old-Fashioned Christmas Festival, contact Emily Sheckells, director of student activities, at (601) 307-5886.