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Welcome the season in Chapman style with charity, music and fun

As is tradition, there will be many ways to celebrate the season Chapman University style, from a spectacular party in Attallah Piazza to quiet meditation at Fish Interfaith Center.

Among the highlights are:

  • Santa talking to people at Winterfest
    You know who always makes a special appearance at Winterfest.

    Winterfest, Thursday, Dec. 4, beginning at 5 p.m. in Attallah Piazza. This free community event features live performances of seasonal music by Chapman student ensembles, a reading of The Night Before Christmas by Professor Michael Nehring, free cocoa, a visit from Santa, fireworks, “California snow” and the traditional lighting of Doy’s Holiday Tree.
  • Celebration of Christ, Thursday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m. in the Wallace All Faiths Chapel of Fish Interfaith Center. This ecumenical event will be a musical celebration of Christmas music hosted by the Disciples of Christ, Latter Day Saints and Roman Catholic student clubs.
  • Wassail, Friday and Saturday, Dec. 5 and 6. Chapman University proudly presents the Annual Holiday Wassail Concert, featuring 150 student singers and musicians. This campus tradition has been delighting audiences for more than 50 years and includes holiday favorites and songs from around the world. Tickets for the banquet and concert or concert-only can be purchased online.

Can’t make it to a Wassail performance? No worries. Share in the tradition by tuning into KCET for a rebroadcast of last year’s 50th Annual Holiday Wassail Concert and this year’s Chapman University Holiday Special 2014.

Air times for the anniversary concert are:

Wednesday, Dec. 24, at 5 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 25, at 4 p.m. and 10 p.m.
The Holiday Special 2014 will air Dec. 24 at 8 p.m., and Dec. 25 at 5 p.m. and 9 p.m.

  • Sound Healing Meditation, Monday, Dec. 8, at 7:30 p.m. in the Fish Interfaith Center. Take a break before finals week and devote an hour to experiencing the vibrational powers of sound, music, vibration and visualization to support healing and balance. No previous mediation experience necessary. Bring a blanket or yoga mat.

  • student smiling with pottery
    Math major Evan Walker ’18 made most of the 100-plus bowls that will be sold in Attallah Piazza Thursday, Dec. 11, as part of the Empty Bowls Project.

    Empty Bowls Project, Thursday, Dec. 11, starting at 11 a.m. in Attallah Piazza. Enjoy a lunch of hot soup and support the local You Are Special Food Pantry with the purchase of one of the hand-made bowls created by students from the Department of Art. Receive soup, bread and a bowl for a $20 donation. All proceeds benefit the food pantry. (The Student Ceramics Sale will also be held in Attallah Piazza the week, starting Monday, Dec. 8, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

Dawn Bonker

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