65th Annual Carol of Lights®
Saturday, December. 2, 2023
Join us this year for the 65th Annual Carol of Lights®!
The Carol of Lights event each year is the undisputed favorite tradition of the Texas
Tech University community. This annual event, sponsored by the Texas Tech Residence
Halls Association, is attended by over 20,000 Tech students and local residents. The
Carol of Lights® is one of Texas Tech's largest and oldest traditions. The event brings
together both the Texas Tech and Lubbock communities during its ceremonies.
The 65th Annual Carol of Lights will serve as the official kickoff for Texas Tech's Centennial Celebration. This annual event is attended by thousands of students, alumni and members of the Lubbock community and is one of our largest and oldest traditions. This year, the program will be reimagined with live entertainment, new staging, lighting, and sound as well as a firework display to conclude the night.
History and Fun Facts
This annual event, sponsored by the Texas Tech Residence Halls Association, is attended by over 20,000 Tech students and local residents. The Carol of Lights® is one of Texas Tech's largest and oldest traditions. The event brings together both the Texas Tech and Lubbock communities during its ceremonies.
In the 1950s, Dr. Gene Hemmle, co-founder of the Carol of Lights®, got together with a small group of students in the residence halls. They gathered at Memorial Circle to sing Christmas carols and drink hot chocolate. The first Carol of Lights® was organized in 1959, with 5,000 lights. In 1961, the event was officially named the Carol of Lights and had grown to 16,000 lights. The ceremony has continued every year except in 1972 when Texas Tech canceled the event because of the university's energy conservation policy.
In 1992, the Carol of Lights® received a Certificate of Registration from the State of Texas.
In late September, a team from the University's Physical Plant began securing lights on the buildings. They work daily for over a month (in both good and bad weather!) to have the buildings ready for the celebration.
2014 marked the first year that 100% of the bulbs used were LED. This 5-year transition of bulbs is estimated to reduce the energy consumption needed to light the bulbs by roughly 84%.
A 38-foot Christmas Tree (and 5-foot star) was updated in 2014 to include all-white LED bulbs. The tree purchased in 2014 is also sturdier and more reliable.
Members of the Women's Service Organization (WSO) will set up the 20-foot wreath made of fresh-cut pine limbs on the Science Building. The pine branches used to adorn the wreath are cut by the TTU grounds crew on the TTU campus.
ALPHA PHI OMEGA and CHI Rho placed 3,000 luminaries around Memorial Circle the night of the ceremony.
Read more about the history of this tradition at Texas Tech Today:
Questions and Concerns
The Carol of Lights is possible through the cooperative efforts of many student organizations on the Texas Tech campus. We appreciate any effort you can make to publicize this event. If you have any concerns or questions regarding the Carol of Lights®, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last year, over 7,000 people watched the Carol of Lights® through one of the broadcast options.
- KTXT-FM "The Raider" will broadcast the event live on 88.1 FM in Lubbock
- KTTZ-TX will broadcast the event live on Lubbock area PBS stations
- Texas Tech will stream the event live on Facebook from http://www.ttu.edu/livestream/
66th Annual Carol of Lights® Student Art Competition
Submission Dates coming Soon!
The Carol of Lights® Student Art Competition was created to allow Texas Tech University Students to express their creativity and love for the Carol of Lights® event by creating original artwork. All of the submissions will be judged by a panel of judges and ranked based on the piece's creativity, style, and it's interpretation of the Carol of Lights® event. The selected submission(s) will receive a cash prize of $250.00. Online submissions of photos of artwork and photography pieces will be due at a later date to be determined! Original artwork, excluding photography, should be submitted in person to the University Housing Office located in the Wiggins Complex (3211 18th St) to Anna Burton. You will be asked to attach a photo of your artwork, or the original digital file as a .jpg, .pdf, .pub, or .png file as a part of your application. Applications will be due at a later date!