Christmas at St. John’s: events Dec. 1-9

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Last year’s fireworks display on the Great Lawn was part of the Christmas festivities planned by the University. This year, the University has planned 9 days of events. Photo provided: St. John’s University

The 24th annual Winter Carnival, hosted by Student Government Inc., will take place throughout the week on the Queens campus.

The signature tree lighting and fireworks show will take place on Dec. 9 on the Great Lawn.

“Winter Carnival captures the spirit of what St. John’s is all about: its rich heritage and tradition of this blessed and holy season,” read an announcement on the St. John’s web site.

“You don’t want to miss out on these traditions here at St. John’s.”

Students can look forward to today’s holiday market in the D’Angelo Center, where they can “snag some awesome Christmas gifts at our pop-up market,” according to the SGI Facebook page.

The holiday market accepts cash only.

Also today is the Spectrum Initiative’s Ugly Sweater Party, with prizes for the most unattractive Christmas attire.

Tomorrow, there will be a Christmas-themed Commuter Café in DAC at 8:30 a.m., and a DAC After Dark event geared toward residential students at 8 p.m.

Students are invited to attend a Winter Carnival Mass before the fireworks ceremony on Dec. 9 as well as a post-show Red and White dessert party.

In keeping with the University’s Vincentian tradition, SGI is sponsoring a toy drive.

The toys, which can be donated in DAC room 215, will be collected through Dec. 7 and donated to Providence House.

They can be new or gently used.

Other events include a Christmas karaoke Java Johnnies on Friday and a Live Love Learn event on Saturday.

On Dec. 8, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, the University is closed but there will be a Winter Carnival event featuring frozen treats in DAC at 12 p.m.

The tutoring center will be present to offer assistance to students struggling to study.

Winter Carnival events officially began on Dec. 1 with ice skating at Bryant Park and continued on Dec. 2 with the Central Park Christmas event on the Great Lawn, which featured a horse-drawn carriage.

The Festival of Lights, a collaboration between various religious and cultural groups on campus, also took place yesterday.

Editor’s note: the Dec. 2 Central Park Christmas event did not feature a horse-drawn carriage due to inclement weather.