Seton Hall University

Christmas at the Hall Returns with Annual Tree Lighting  

Christmas Tree

The 60-foot Norway Spruce in the University Green was illuminated with 40,620 Christmas lights at the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in 2019.

Seton Hall University welcomes all to celebrate Christmas at the Hall with its annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on Monday, December 6 at 6 p.m. on the University Green.

Continuing to bring holiday cheer to the community with its impressive Christmas program, Seton Hall has been recognized for several years as the Best College in America for "Holiday Events" by Best College Review.

Featuring live performances from talented campus performance groups and the return of the stunning halo art structure around the University seal, the Tree Lighting Ceremony will be in-person and available via live stream, so Setonians from near and far can join in on this special campus tradition. Displayed throughout the evening will be decorated miniature trees in support of Habitat for Humanity, hot cocoa stations and plenty of blue Santa hats to go around.

The Division of Volunteer Efforts (DOVE) is running its annual Love Thy Neighbor: DOVE Toy Drive benefiting several schools and agencies in Newark, the Maplewood South Orange School District and the Don Bosco Youth Center, as well as impoverished children in Appalachia, West Virginia. Donations can be dropped off at a tent during the Tree Lighting Ceremony or at the Boland Cellar until December 14. DOVE is also accepting monetary donations to support the toy drive here.

Check out the Christmas Toolkit, complete with toolkit with digital backgrounds, coloring sheets, lawn signs and more to get in the holiday spirit before the Tree Lighting Ceremony. The Christmas Toolkit also includes the Deck the Hall Spotify Playlist with the community's favorite holiday tunes.

Holiday cheer will also be spread at these events happening throughout December:

KNOW MORE Giving Tree
Now until Monday, December 6
Schwartz Hall 201
KNOW MORE runs the holiday gift drive to support JBWS Holiday Boutique and families affected by domestic violence.

SAB Travel: Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring the Rockettes
Thursday, December 2 from 8 - 9:30 p.m.
Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year by seeing the Radio City Christmas Spectacular featuring the Rockettes. This event from the Student Activities Board (SAB) is currently sold out, but you can join the waitlist here.

Handel’s Messiah Christmas Selection
Sunday, December 5 at 4 p.m.
Our Lady of Sorrows Church at 217 Prospect Street
Seton Hall University Chorus will be performing Handel’s Messiah Christmas Selection with Clarum Sonium and the Mid-Atlantic Philharmonic Orchestra. Professor Jason Tramm, D.M.A. will conduct the show.

SHU Winter Concert
Monday, December 6 from 7 - 8 p.m.
Jubilee Hall, Auditorium
A staple of the holiday season, the Seton Hall University Chorus, Concert Band and Chamber Choir present their annual winter concert.

Let Me Teach SHU: Christmas Succulent Arrangements
Tuesday, December 7 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Schwartz 101
SAB hosts Bucks County Flowers & Things for a class on how to create a Christmas succulent arrangement. Limited seats are available, and registration is required.

Immaculate Conception Mass
Wednesday, December 8 from 1 - 2 p.m.
Bethany Hall
Classes are cancelled from 1 - 2 p.m. to allow students and faculty to attend mass.

Christmas Karaoke
Wednesday, December 8 from 8 - 10 p.m.
The Cafeteria
Join SAB for its annual Christmas Karaoke and sing your favorite holiday carols or tunes.

SHU Theatre Presents: A Christmas Cabaret
December 9 – 11 from 8:00-9:30pm, December 12 from 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Bishop Dougherty University Center, Theatre-in-the-Round
Seton Hall Theatre presents its annual Christmas Cabaret. Join us for seasonal songs of the 19th Century sung by strolling players in period costume. Admission is Free.

SAB Travels: Philadelphia Christmas Market
Saturday, December 11 from 10:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Visit Philly's Authentic German Christmas Market or explore the city of brotherly love for an afternoon to get in the holiday spirit. Tickets will go on sale Monday, November 29 at 12 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Lessons and Carols
Friday, December 17 at 4 p.m.
The University Chapel
Attend the annual performance of choir anthems and Christmas carols from the Seton Hall University Chorus and Chamber Choir.

For updates on Christmas at the Hall events, activities and celebrations please continue to visit our website here.

Categories: Campus Life

For more information, please contact:

  • Jennifer O'Sheal
  • (973) 378-2662