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Christmas Tree Lighting in front of Erskine Hall

ODU Announces Annual Community Christmas Events

ODU will again host a number of Christmas events that are free and open to the public.

Nov 14, 2022

Ohio Dominican University (ODU) will ring in the holiday season with a series of family friendly events as part of its annual Christmas Celebration. The below events are free and open to the public, and will take place on ODU’s campus at 1216 Sunbury Road, Columbus, 43219.

Monday, Nov. 28
“Pretty Little Baby” Presented by the ODU Chorus – 7 p.m. in Christ the King Chapel
Join the ODU Chorus as they present their annual Christmas performance. Under the direction of Sheila Cafmeyer, this special concert features seven university musicians along with alumna and accompanist Tessa Wigal. This 60-minute concert features lullabies, scripture readings, poetry and songs of praise to the newborn King.

Wednesday, Nov. 30
Holiday Art Market – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Wehrle Art Gallery
Now in its 21st year, ODU’s Art Department invites all to purchase unique handcrafted items made by university students, faculty and staff. This is a great opportunity to find quality holiday gifts at student-friendly prices while supporting the talent, creativity and skills of those in the ODU community.

Advent Lunch & Learn – Noon in the St. Catherine of Siena Room, Erskine Hall
All are invited to attend a special presentation to learn more about the season of Advent. The Lunch & Learn event is hosted annually by the Center for Dominican Studies on ODU’s campus.

Community Christmas Dinner – 5-7:30 p.m. in Hamilton Hall
Members of the campus and surrounding communities are invited to come together for a complimentary Christmas dinner in ODU’s dining hall, Hamilton Hall. All are invited to enjoy a delicious meal as we kick off the university’s annual Christmas celebration.

Visit Santa’s Workshop (Pictures and Crafts) – 5-7 p.m. in Catherine of Siena Room, Erskine Hall
Following dinner in Hamilton Hall, families are invited to visit Santa’s workshop and have their picture taken with him. Children also will be able to complete special Christmas crafts to help celebrate this time of year.

Tree Lighting Ceremony & Blessing of the Crèche – 6:30 p.m. in front of Erskine Hall
ODU’s annual Christmas celebration culminates with the lighting of its campus Christmas tree in front of Erskine Hall and the blessing of a special nativity scene. All are invited to join together for special remarks by President Connie Gallaher, music by ODU’s band and choir, and prayers for a safe Christmas season for all.