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EIU Plans Annual Holiday Gathering at Old Main; Public Invited


Community residents are once again invited to join Eastern Illinois University's students, faculty and staff for a traditional holiday gathering.

Guests are welcome to attend “Heartfelt Holidays,” scheduled to take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12.  The event will take place in Old Main’s (the “Castle”) Cougill Foyer.

Parking is available in most university lots after 5 p.m.  For the easiest access, guests may park in the "X" lot, located east of Old Main.

Following an annual tradition, this year’s gathering will showcase six holiday trees, five of which feature decorations made by students of Ashmore, Carl Sandburg, Jefferson, Lake Crest (Oakland) and Mark Twain elementary schools.  The sixth and largest tree is covered with hearts created and presented to EIU President David Glassman by students, employees and friends of EIU following the February 2016 “Surround the Castle” event.

Refreshments and holiday music will be available.

Family members and others unable to attend the event but who still wish to see their child’s ornament on display are welcome to view the decorated trees between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays through Dec. 12.