Holidays On The Hilltop

Despite the unusually warm weather recently, Christmas is just around the corner. As students have returned from Thanksgiving break, the campus has been transformed for the holiday season. We have compiled a listing of the many events happening on campus in the next couple of weeks. Happy Holidays!

Through December 9, Campus Ministry invites you to participate in the Christmas Giving Tree Project to benefit children through Catholic Charities of Manchester.

Trees with gift tags are located in the first floor of Alumni Hall, the entrance to the Abbey Church, and the Office of Campus Ministry (in Cushing Center). Gifts should be returned by Friday, December 9, with gift tag attached.

A Christmas Wreath on campusFor a listing of daily religious observances in the Abbey Church, please visit the Campus Ministry webpage.

  • December 1: 4th annual Fair Trade Fair, 12:00 p.m. to 6 p.m., Lobby, Cushing Center
  • A Celebration of Light, Intercultural Holiday Dinner, 5 p.m., North Lounge, Cushing Center hosted by Campus Ministry and the Multicultural Center
  • December 2: "Deck the Uppers" Judging of lights, 6 p.m.
  • December 3: Meelia Center Holiday Fair, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Carr Center. (Free and open to have the public).
  • DecemberSong, service of readings and songs of the Advent and Christmas Seasons by the Saint Anselm College Choir, 7:30 p.m., Abbey Church. (Free and open to the public. Arrive early for best seating)
  • December 4: Traditional Blessing of Manger Scene and Christmas Tree with candlelight procession, immediately following the 7 p.m. Mass, plaza behind Alumni Hall, Christmas Carols and refreshments to follow, hosted by Knights of Columbus, Red Key Society and Campus Ministry.
  • December 8: Christmas Feast, Davison Hall, 4 p.m.
  • A Christmas Carol, 3:30 p.m., and 7:30 p.m., The Renowned Nebraska Theatre Caravan National Tour, Dana Center for the Performing Arts
  • December 25: Christmas Day. The Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord, Mass at 12 Midnight & 11 a.m., Abbey Church

For additional resources for Advent and Christmas, see

For a calendar of major religious holidays and celebrations, see