Saint Anselm College celebrates the arrival of the Christmas season with a variety of events, ranging from family festivals to the annual DecemberSong concert by the college choir to the Davison Hall Christmas Feast. The Office of Campus Ministry and the Monastic community celebrate Advent with a full schedule of events which can be found on anselm.edu
We have compiled a listing of the various campus events, and list them below. Happy holidays, and merry Christmas!
Christmas "Giving Trees"
Through December 14
Share the joy of the true meaning of Christmas by participating in our Christmas Giving Tree Project for local children in need.
Each year students, staff, and faculty come together to join in this campus-wide project that gives back to our community. These gifts are distributed by Catholic Charities to families in need throughout the Greater Manchester area.
Christmas 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).
Please return gifts to Campus Ministry by Friday, December 14 with gift tag attached.
Donors are encouraged to provide gifts other than gift cards.
Gingerbread House Competition
Wednesday, November 28
Celebrate the arrival of the Christmas season at Saint Anselm with an annual tradition: the gingerbread house competition! Enjoy a night with friends, while competing for the $400 grand prize.
Stop by the Davison Hall administrative office to pick up your ballot – voting is open to the entire Saint Anselm College community through December 6. Winners will be announced Friday, December 7.
Campus Ministry “Fair Trade Fair”
Friday, November 30
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Want to get your Christmas shopping done early? Want to buy products that support artisans and farmers from Asia, Africa and South America? Stop by the Fair Trade Fair for a unique assortment of gifts including toys, home décor, pottery, cards and gifts, bags and purses and religious and indigenous art.
Meelia Center Holiday Fair
Saturday, December 1
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Join the Saint Anselm College community for the 21st annual children’s holiday fair. Bring the whole family for holiday crafts and gift making, games, decorations, lots of food and a visit from Santa. As always, this event is free to the local community.
Saturday, December 1
DecemberSong is a special service of readings and songs celebrating the Christmas season. The program begins in darkness with a candlelight contemplative song then progresses through the Advent and Christmas seasons.
This year's program, the night before the first Sunday of Advent is a perfect way to prepare for the special seasons of December. Admission to DecemberSong is free, but plan to arrive early for parking and seating.
Saint Anselm Christmas Tree Lighting
Sunday, December 2
8 p.m. (following Mass)
Plaza behind Alumni Hall
Intercultural Holiday Dinner
Wednesday, December 5
North Lounge, Cushing Center
Enjoy a meal with fellow Anselmians while experiencing intercultural holiday traditions (and food) from around the world. Although it is not mandatory, we encourage you to R.S.V.P By Tuesday, November 27 to Linda Rey at ext. 4282 or email@example.com
Sponsored by Campus Ministry and the Multicultural Center
Christmas with CAB
Thursday, December 6
12 – 4 p.m.
Join Campus Activities Board for “Christmas with CAB” as we celebrate ‘A Christmas Story.’ Enjoy a festive afternoon of ornament making, teddy bear making and be sure to make your Christmas stocking to bring back to your dorm. CAB will be handing out their always-popular long sleeve Christmas shirts throughout the afternoon. There will be waffles, candy, cookies and plenty of hot chocolate to enjoy too. Santa will even stop by for pictures!
Sponsored by Campus Activities Board
Thursday, December 6
Celebrate the season (and the end of fall-semester classes) with the Saint Anselm College community. Join us for the annual Christmas Feast. This year’s menu will include roasted tenderloin of beef, seafood newburg, and chicken crème brie, along with delicious sides, trimmings, and a selection of assorted desserts.
As always, this feast is FREE for all student resident and optional meal plan participants! There will be a nominal charge at the register for all others who wish to partake in the festivities.
Solas in Concert
An Irish Christmas
Friday, December 7
'Solas' is the Gaelic word for 'light', and when this extraordinary group burst on the Irish music scene fifteen years ago, the word most often heard was incandescent. Based in Philadelphia, called "one of the most exciting bands anywhere in the world", Solas combines fresh and unexpected arrangements of age-old classics with compelling original work, electrifying covers of tunes you thought you knew played in entirely new ways, and songs of social commentary. What better way to celebrate the season than with this musical feast of guitar, whistle, keyboard, concertina, bodhran, and soaring vocals. Perfect!
Tickets available on the Dana Center website, or by visiting the Box Office.