TVCC Christmas tree lighting set for Nov. 26

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : November 17, 2012

Trinity Valley Community College

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Santa Claus marches into the crowd, accompanied by the Trinity Valley Community College Cheerleaders and Cardettes, at last year’s tree lighting ceremony at the college. This year’s ceremony begins at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 26, at Bob MCDonald Plaza, located in the center of the Athens campus.

Special to The Monitor
ATHENS–Trinity Valley Community College (TVCC) will transform the Bob McDonald Plaza into a Christmas holiday scene at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26.
The community is invited for refreshments, music and holiday cheer.
The ceremony will begin with live music from the TVCC Band and Choir, and also feature the TVCC Cardettes and the Cheerleaders and Santa Claus. The tree lighting will be at 7 p.m.
The event will be coordinated by TVCC energy conservation specialist Shawn Leis.
“I love Christmas, so I wanted to volunteer to do this. Christmas has always been a really cool time for me and I am looking to share that with the college and the community,” Leis said.
With the help of fellow TVCC employees Courtney Walker and Donna Godwin, Leis said the tree will have a much different look than in years past. The 25-foot tall tree is being brought to the campus by Howdy Acres Tree Farm of Athens.
“We wanted to start to move more toward a Rockefeller Center look,” Leis said. “We want it to not just be decorating the tree, but also lighting the whole plaza for the holidays,” she added.
When the ceremony began three years ago, the college adopted it on a trial basis. But due to its success, the welding students build and wired an in-ground, permanent tree stand.
“The tree is here to stay, and we are glad,” Leis said.