CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – With the flip of a switch, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi was illuminated in Islander blue, green and white during the 12th annual “Islander Lights Celebration.” Islander community, family and friends enjoyed free food, music, games, a visit from Santa and the traditional tree lighting ceremony during the festive Dec. 1 event.
While the event was free and open to the public, those in attendance brightened up the holiday season of many children by donating new toys for the Marine Corps’ “Toys for Tots” toy drive. Attendees could also make a difference through monetary donations.
“Islander Lights is a favorite event for both the University and Corpus Christi,” said Jennifer Randolph, Assistant Director of Student Activities at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. “we love gathering students, staff, faculty, families and the community together to kick off the holiday season, all while raising donations for a great cause.”
Islander Lights included dozens of different activities like making ornaments, cookie decoration, a petting zoo, a movie screening and the opportunity to snap a photo with the Island University’s special guest – Santa! In addition, attendees joined in the countdown in the lighting ceremony at Lee Plaza.
The fun and festivities continued at the 17th annual Department of Music Holiday Gala at the Performing Arts Center. Islander faculty and students performed holiday favorites for enjoyment of the whole family. Money collected during recital benefits scholarships for Islander musicians.