SAN ANGELO, Texas — Angelo State University hosts its annual Christmas Tree Lighting Event, marking the beginning of the Christmas season in San Angelo. The event occurred on Tuesday evening, November 28, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. The festive, family-friendly occasion was free to attend and open to the general public.
The atmosphere at this jovial event brimmed with Christmas cheer. This year, attendees enjoyed a special holiday pops concert performed by the ASU Symphony Orchestra, the ASU Chorale, and the mariachi band Los Pastores. People of all ages mingled and interacted throughout the Angelo State courtyard, offering something for everyone. Activities included six different bounce houses, interactive games, hot chocolate, ornament-making stations, arts and crafts, photos with Santa Claus, and interactions with ASU’s mascots Roscoe, Bella, and Dominic. Other popular attractions encompassed tours of the school’s science and culture museum, movies shown on an outdoor theater screen, and a place to drop letters to Santa, which are later sent to the North Pole.
Lee Floyd, an ASU alumnus and Student Programs and Activities Coordinator, noted that the event has been an annual occurrence for nearly 15 years. Floyd explained that it initially began as a student-driven project during the Christmas season, organized by various student organizations across campus. Over time, the festive event evolved as more student organizations contributed, transforming it into a public event open to all, signifying the start of the Christmas season in the Concho Valley.
The ASU Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration has emerged as one of San Angelo’s most highly anticipated holiday festivities, bringing together friends and families of all backgrounds from the surrounding area.