LSU lit its newly-planted LSU Christmas Tree for the very first time at 6 p.m. as part of the annual Holiday Spectacular celebration on campus. The tree is located along Raphael Semmes Road adjacent to Free Speech Circle and the LSU Union Theater. Formerly known as the Candlelight Celebration, tonight's event is now a collaborative initiative to promote all there is to do and see at LSU during the holiday season.
Holiday Spectacular included several events such as holiday performances at the LSU Student Union Theater, beginning at 5 p.m.; LSU Staff Senate's Holiday on Campus at the LSU Student Union from 6 to 8 p.m.; a Pre-Kwanzaa Celebration at the African American Cultural Center from 6 to 8 p.m.; and the LSU President's Late Night Breakfast at the 5 and 459 dining halls from 10 p.m. to midnight. All events were free and the tree lighting and performances were open to the public.
The 30-foot magnolia little gem tree, indigenous to Louisiana and bearing the state flower, was planted Thursday, Sept. 25, and was dedicated on Oct. 1. The living LSU Christmas Tree symbolizes LSU's commitment to celebrating the holidays in a sustainable, environmentally friendly way. According to American Forests, a single 30-foot tree can absorb as much as 48 pounds of carbon dioxide per year and can sequester one ton of carbon dioxide by the time it reaches 40 years of age.
The tree was acquired through the generosity of donors to the LSU Foundation's Campus Beautification Fund, supported by proceeds from the LSU ornament. The LSU Foundation partners with LSU to introduce an ornament each fall, creating a series that celebrates Tiger spirit. All ornament proceeds support the LSU Foundation's Campus Beautification Fund.