Star Trees shine at holiday celebration

by University Communications,

  • Star Trees aglow with holiday lights
    The Star Trees stand ablaze in holiday lights after a three-year hiatus.
  • Two students smile before the Star Trees
    Students pose in front of the glowing Star Trees.
  • Salem Mayor Chuck Bennett ’70 presents a proclamation from the city recognizing Willamette University’s 175th anniversary to President Steve Thorsett.
    Salem Mayor Chuck Bennett ’70 presents a proclamation from the city recognizing Willamette University’s 175th anniversary to President Steve Thorsett.
  • Star Trees
    Shadows fall across the North Lawn with Eaton Hall in the background.
  • Star Trees
    The Willamette Brass Ensemble provides fanfare before the lighting of the Star Trees.
  • Blitz on steps of Waller Hall
    Blitz greets visitors at the university’s holiday celebration.
  • Jazz band playing in Hudson Hall
    The University Wind Ensemble, University Chamber Orchestra and Jazz Collective perform a family holiday concert in Smith Auditorium to close the evening’s festivities.
  • Choir singing on steps of Waller Hall
    The Willamette Holiday Choir sings carols on the steps of Waller Hall.
  • Roasting marshmallows
    Guests roast marshmallows.
  • People roasting marshmallows
    Guests of all ages enjoy a warm holiday treat.
  • Star Trees aglow with holiday lights and Waller Hall
    Guests are treated to a winter surprise as a snow machine shoots flakes from a window in Waller Hall.

Roughly 600 people gathered on the North Lawn on Saturday to witness the closing of Willamette University’s 175th anniversary celebration with the relighting the university’s grove of 75-year-old giant sequoias. Festivities included a presentation from Salem Mayor Chuck Bennett ’70, carols sung and played by the Department of Music, roasted marshmallows, a special dinner at Goudy and a family concert in Smith Auditorium.

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