USF Announces 2018 Christmas Festivities

October 30, 2018

FORT WAYNE, Ind. — The University of Saint Francis has announced the schedule for its annual Christmas tradition of yuletide celebration, Christmas at USF.

Christmas at USF events begin on November 30. Many are free, and all have free parking. An event schedule with details follows. More information is also available at sf.edu/christmas.

Christmas in the Castle will allow visitors to tour historic Brookside, formerly known as the Bass mansion, and see it specially decorated for Christmas by local florists and designers.

Christmas in the Castle:
Friday, November 30 – 4-6 p.m.
Saturday, December 1 – Noon-5 p.m.
Sunday, December 2 – Noon-5 p.m.
Monday, December 3 – 4-6 p.m.
Tuesday, December 4 – Noon-5 p.m. (Senior Day)

Admission is $7 per person, $3 for children (10 and under; no strollers, please). Tickets must be purchased in the North Campus lobby at 2702 Spring St. (directly across from Brookside) on event days. Free parking and shuttles for those with mobility issues are available at the North Campus.

A Fair Trade Alternative Shopping Bazaar will be conducted on Saturday and Sunday, December 1 and 2, from noon to 5 p.m. at the North Campus. The shopping bazaar offers high-quality, fairly traded handicrafts of disadvantaged producers from all over the world. “Fair trade” means that producers earn a fair price, get access to credit and training, and maintain long-term relationships with principled organizations.

USF students will perform Las Posadas at 5:30 p.m. on December 2 as they walk through the USF campus, portraying Mary and Joseph’s journey in search of lodging. A traditional part of Hispanic Christmas celebrations, posadas (meaning “shelters” or “inns”) are held on each of the nine nights leading up to Christmas, from December 16 to 24. The USF procession will begin on the lawn near Brookside and proceed through campus before ending on the shore of Mirror Lake to lead into the Living Nativity.

The Lighting of the Lake will honor special loved ones on December 2 at 6 p.m. on the lawn near Brookside, in concert with the Living Nativity. As a symbol of Christmas, vigil lights will encircle part of Mirror Lake. Luminaries dedicated to loved ones can be purchased for the light display at $10 each by calling (260) 399-8037 by November 25.

A Living Nativity with children’s petting zoo will take place Sunday, December 2, with the petting zoo open from 5 to 5:45 p.m. and the Living Nativity at 6 p.m. in the lawn next to Brookside. Students of the university community present the Living Nativity, which recalls the tradition of re-enacting the first Christmas, started in 1223 by St. Francis of Assisi. The event is free, with parking at the USF campus off Leesburg Road.

Founded in 1890 in the Catholic Franciscan tradition, the University of Saint Francis offers more than 70 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs through the School of Health Sciences, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership and School of Creative Arts. In addition to its traditional programs, USF designs focused curricula for working adults in Fort Wayne, Crown Point and online. USF Downtown houses the university’s business and music technology programs while offering enhanced internship and networking opportunities for students. The University of Saint Francis campus experience includes 16 athletic programs boasting two individual and four team NAIA national championships, and is recognized as an NAIA Five-Star Champion of Character institution. Approximately 2,200 students from a broad geographic region attend USF.