The end of a semester, the ushering in of a new year, contagious holiday cheer—all are completely valid reasons to celebrate the season, and Mercer has always made a point of celebrating the holidays in style. This year, Quadworks is set to sponsor a Winter Wonderland for all of Mercer’s campus to enjoy, while the Student Government Association will host the Christmas Tree Lighting.
In hosting the Winter Wonderland festivities, Quadworks has taken the reigns from the College Hill Alliance in this year’s holiday activities. In previous years, College Hill spearheaded operations, putting on the well-known Christmas in the Corridor. With this transition in leadership comes a shift in the event itself as well.
Rebekah Fulton, the Heritage Life committee chair for SGA, Quadworks hopes to involve the student body in this year’s event more so than in past years.
“In the past, [Mercer’s holiday celebration] has been more involved with the [Macon] community, sporting local vendors. Quadworks is looking to make Winter Wonderland a more student-centered event.”
This December, Winter Wonderland will feature interactive booths set up by various student organizations. Guests can expect to see a number of craft booths like ornament decorating, as well as free snacks and holiday music.
The annual Christmas Tree Lighting on Mercer’s Historic Quad, offers a wide variety of enjoyable holiday celebrations. This year’s service will feature Christmas Carols, a holiday-spirited message by Dr. Jody Long, a reading of “ ’Twas the Night Before Christmas,” a holiday-themed performance by Point B.L.A.N.K. Poetry, mug giveaways, and a tree decorating competition.
Then, students from different groups on campus will light up the quad together.
“Student organizations have the opportunity to decorate small Christmas trees for a prize. Towards the end of the service there is a countdown and all the trees, including the large one decorated by SGA, are lit all at once,” Fulton said.