About Christmas on Campus & Tuba Christmas Concert
Limestone’s 33rd annual “Christmas On Campus” event will welcome back the world-renowned “Tuba Christmas” concert as part of the festivities on Saturday, December 9, beginning at 7 p.m.
“Tuba Christmas,” making its third straight appearance at Limestone’s holiday event, is a music concert, held in various cities worldwide, celebrating those who play, teach, and compose music for instruments in the tuba family, including the tuba, sousaphone, baritone, and euphonium.
The first “Tuba Christmas” was organized by Harvey G. Phillips to honor his tuba teacher William Bell, who was born on Christmas Day 1902. The inaugural concert was held December 22, 1974, in the ice skating rink at New York City's Rockefeller Center. This year, over 175 cities around the world will host “Tuba Christmas” concerts.
“Tuba Christmas” will take place on the front campus and will include the lighting of the Limestone Christmas tree by President Dr. Walt Griffin, reciting of “The Christmas Story,” photo opportunities with Bernie the Limestone mascot, and a chance to visit with Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus.
The annual luminaries will be lit at 5 p.m. They will be placed on the front campus, and portions of College Drive and other areas near the College.
“We are so excited to bring back ‘Tuba Christmas’ to our wonderful event that welcomes the entire community to our campus for Christmas,” said Limestone Director of Development and Alumni Candace Waters. “This event is a great way to start the Christmas season, and we encourage everyone to come out and celebrate the holidays with us.”
Drinks and snacks will be available during “Christmas On Campus.”
The tradition of celebrating Christmas on Campus dates back to 1984 when the late Les Gregory, a former employee and graduate of Limestone, arranged for 200 luminaries to be lit in honor of retired Limestone College professor Lucy G. Wheeler. With that, Christmas on Campus was born.
Since Gregory's inception, the luminaries have grown to over 10,000 candles and Christmas on Campus has evolved into one of the most anticipated nights of the year at the College, Waters said.
Saturday, December 9, 2017
5:00 p.m. Lighting of the Luminaries
7:00 - 8:30 p.m. Tuba Christmas Concert