Marywood University will gather with the community to kick off the start of the holiday season with its annual Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony on Wednesday, December 4, 2019, at 4 p.m., in the Rotunda, which is located in the Liberal Arts Center on the University’s campus. This event is free and open to the public.


Following the Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony, attendees are invited and welcome to walk or drive through campus to see a lighting display, designed by students in the Interior Architecture Club at Marywood University, in coordination with their Lighting Design Class. The “Light up Campus” lighting display will be in place from December 4 – January 2, 2020. Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus will be in front of the University’s Post Office for children to meet and to drop off their Christmas wishes in the “Letters to Santa” mailbox. Also, a Toys for Tots donation drive is taking place to make the holidays a little bit brighter for those in need. Light refreshments will be served at the Tree Lighting ceremony and during the campus tour.


Additionally, Marywood’s award-winning radio station, VMFM-91.7, will add to the festive atmosphere by featuring commercial-free Christmas music, 24/7, immediately following the Tree Lighting ceremony through New Year’s Eve.


Marywood’s Music, Theatre, and Dance (MTD) department, which will provide music at the Tree Lighting ceremony on December 4, also will offer free Christmas performances from December 2 through December 8, including Tuba Christmas (Dec. 2), Wind Symphony Christmas concert (Dec. 4), Guitar Christmas (Dec. 6), and the Chamber Singers Christmas Concert (Dec. 8). For specific details on the times and locations of these performances, go to the MTD events calendar at


The annual tradition of lighting the Christmas tree at Marywood University draws tremendous community support, and the program includes prayer, ornament presentation, holiday choral music with instrumental backing, and light refreshments. Each year, the Marywood community invites the public to share this special, joyous tradition of the holiday season in the Rotunda.


For additional information on the history of the Tree Lighting ceremony at Marywood University, please visit For more information about the Interior Architecture Lighting Design class and events, please contact Maria MacDonald, instructor of practice in the School of Architecture at Marywood University, at (570) 348-6211, ext. 2688, or email . To learn more about the Communication Arts program at Marywood University, visit or email Listen to Marywood’s radio station locally at 91.7 FM or download the Tune-in app. To learn more about the Music, Theatre, and Dance department, go to or email