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Islanders and Community Gather to Celebrate Islander Lights and Holiday Gala

November 25, 2015

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Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi was filled with the holiday spirit, snow and festive holiday music during the Islander Lights Celebration and the Department of Music’s Holiday Gala held on campus Friday, Nov. 20.

The 10th annual Islander Lights Celebration featured a winter wonderland village, a snow slide and snowball play zone. Entertainment, tamales, treats and inflatables kept kids of all ages busy, too.

The crowd gathered at Lee Plaza for the Illumination of Campus and were then were invited to enjoy the movie, “Elf.”

“This event was enchanting” said Christine Anusium, a first year biomedical science major. “Where I’m from universities do not do anything similar to this or have it open to the community.”

Attendees where encouraged to bring a new unwrapped present for the Marine Corps “Toys for Tots” toy drive.

“We came out to celebrate and meet new people” said Allison Knight, a member of the community. “I wanted to spend some time together with my family and it’s my daughters first Christmas. She is excited to see Santa Claus.”

Starting after the lighting, The Department of Music presented the 15th Annual Holiday Gala Concert at the Performing Arts Center. The concert featured students and faculty in a wide variety of holiday favorites, from familiar Christmas carols, to new arrangements. All proceeds from the concert benefit Music Department scholarships.