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Community gathers for CU's annual tree lighting ceremony

CU lights 21 foot tree (Source: KSWO) CU lights 21 foot tree (Source: KSWO)
Family enjoys carriage ride (Source: KSWO) Family enjoys carriage ride (Source: KSWO)

With Christmas quickly approaching, Cameron University students and the community got together Tuesday night for Cameron University's eleventh annual Tree Lighting ceremony.

Ole Kim, the University's President, and several local children lit Cameron's 21 foot Christmas tree on the south side of Campus.

Attendees said Cameron's Christmas tree lighting is becoming a family tradition but it's not just the Christmas tree lighting that they enjoy. It's also the horse-drawn carriage rides that led dozens of people to line up, forty-five minutes before the event started. 

Mariam Torres was one of those in line for the carriage ride. She attended the event with her whole family, including her daughter who's a Cameron Student.

"It's something that's not common,” Torres said. “The horse and carriage ride, and the activities and I mean how many times in your life can you say you went on a horse and carriage ride? So, it's really important and I'm really happy that they did and excited that they opened it up to the public."

There weren't just outdoor activities, though. People could also go inside the McMahon Centennial Complex Ballroom and warm up by drinking a cup of hot cocoa, eating snacks and participating in a cookie decorating contest in the. 

University President John McArthur helped light the tree and said his favorite part of the event is getting to know students and faculty outside the classroom and office setting. 

"I have a chance to meet them with their families and see them in a more informal environment and I enjoy that a great deal,” McArthur said. “I get to meet them as a family instead of as an employee or as a student."

One thing everyone could agree on was event helped get them in the Christmas Spirit.

If you couldn’t make it out tonight for the tree lighting ceremony, the tree will be up the rest of the holiday season.

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