Music played, children danced and the Seattle University campus lit up last night, celebrating the Christmas season.
In this 1st annual “Illuminating the Holidays” event, planned and presented by the Associated Students of Seattle University, hundreds gathered outside the McGoldrick Learning Commons and shared good holiday cheer.
Fr. Stephen Sundborg, S.J. spoke about Christmas (as he donned a festive Santa hat) while ASSU President Kevin Eggers recited a crowd-pleasing poem, aptly titled, "Twas the Week Before Finals."
One of the biggest hits of the night? Free cocoa and cookies! People lined up through the Student Center lobby and out the front door for the goodies.
Capitol Hill residents and staff brought their families and dogs, students brought their friends and Seattle Police officers even mixed and mingled.
The highlight of the evening - the countdown that ended with the push of a remote and a beautifully illuminated Christmas tree.
Photos from the festivities can be viewed at Seattle U's Facebook page: Christmas Tree Lighting
The event is sure to become a new tradition on the Seattle U campus and within the community.