Santa’s coming to Northern

Von Lanier

Northern will be welcoming the holiday season this evening with Christmas activities and bookstore sales for all to enjoy in the University Center.

The 28th annual “Lighting Up the Holidays” event will take place from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and it will be free and open for all Marquette families, residents and students.

“This is an overall great way to open the holiday season and for people to come enjoy doing many different things,” Stephanie Raboin, NMU Dining marketing manager, said.

She encouraged all students and families to come and participate, stating, “there will be something for everyone to
enjoy.”

The NMU Bookstore will hold its largest sale of the year during the event, with 30 percent off all in-store items including free children’s books and gift-wrapping. Last year nearly 400 people turned out for the celebration.

“I think it’s great to have that overlap with the community,” Raboin said.

At the Peter White Lounge, there will be a welcome message presented by NMU President Fritz Erickson, followed by some caroling, a dancing performance by local group New Attitudes, a bean bag toss, wiffle-Ball games and more. Refreshments will also be available.

In the atrium, there will be a holiday craft project, holiday cardmaking and face-painting activities. Children and families will be able to take high-quality pictures with Santa, and there will be free samples provided by Smoothie King. All photos will be done by Daniele Carol Photography.

Starting from the atrium’s exit near Wells Fargo, there will be horse-drawn hayrides going around campus with caroling performances on them by Northern Lights A Capella.

The event will be sponsored by local NMU affiliates such as Simply Superior Catering Services, 94.9 The Bay and 100.3 The Point.

Campus organizations such as NMU Auxiliary Services and the women’s volleyball team will also co-sponsor and participate in the festivities. Wildcat Willy is expected to be in attendance
as well.