GS flips the switch on the Holidays with annual lighting ceremony

Lighting ceremony features Santa Gus, train rides and more.

Vanessa Countryman, Correspondent

Flipping the switch for the holiday lights is a tradition at Georgia Southern, where students and locals gather for seasonal treats and music to officially start the holiday season.

The main attraction for this event is usually snow that covers Sweetheart Circle, but unfortunately, the snow company went out of business, according to Memory Little, director of Student Activities.

This year’s main attraction will be train rides instead. In addition, there will be a hot chocolate station provided by Three Tree Coffee. 

There will also be popcorn, candy and holiday-flavored cotton candy from local business, Bigdog Snowcones.

As GS gets into the holiday spirit, Santa Gus will also make an appearance in Sweetheart Circle to celebrate school spirit and take pictures.

Sweetheart Circle makes the backdrop for the ceremony with holiday lights, evergreen wreaths and red bows. The buildings, trees and lampposts are draped in lights and ornaments.

This GS tradition has been going on for at least about 10 to 12 years, according to Little. This tradition was also started by the former Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment management. 

 Armstrong campus will hold their lighting tradition tomorrow and the Statesboro campus  will hold theirs Friday.