Photos: Holy Cross Campus Alive with Christmas Spirit as Holidays Near

Experience Christmastime on campus through some of our favorite images of the season
December 14th, 2017 by 

Laura Lopez
(from left) Laura Lopez '18, Emma Kuper '18 and Catherine Hershey '18 get back to studying after decorating their residence hall for Christmas. Photo by Tom Rettig

Stockings with students’ names are hung on a biology lab door with care.
Stockings with students’ names are hung on a biology lab door with care. Photo by Tom Rettig

Hafsa Sadiq
Hafsa Sadiq '19 works in the Paxton Lab near a beaker Christmas tree. Photo by Tom Rettig

A Christmas tree keeps students company as they study in Dinand Library.
A Christmas tree keeps students company as they study in Dinand Library. Photo by Tom Rettig

The College’s main dining hall, Kimball Hall, is decorated for the holidays.
The College’s main dining hall, Kimball Hall, is decorated for the holidays. Photo by Tom Rettig

Students wait in line for dessert at the annual holiday dinner in a decorated Kimball Hall.
Students wait in line for dessert at the annual holiday dinner in a decorated Kimball Hall. Photo by Tom Rettig

Students say “Hi” to Santa as they enter Kimball Hall for the annual holiday dinner.
Students say “Hi” to Santa as they enter Kimball Hall for the annual holiday dinner. Photo by Tom Rettig

Christmas cookies are decorated and ready to be enjoyed at the annual holiday dinner.
Christmas cookies are decorated and ready to be enjoyed at the annual holiday dinner. Photo by Tom Rettig

The Holy Cross Chamber Singers perform on the O’Kane Porch before community members gathered at the Christmas tree lighting ceremony.
The Holy Cross Chamber Singers perform on the O’Kane Porch before community members gathered at the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony. Photo by Tom Rettig

Santa takes time to chat with children at the College’s annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony.
Santa takes time to chat with children at the College’s Christmas tree lighting ceremony. Photo by Tom Rettig

Rev. Philip L. Boroughs, S.J., president of Holy Cross, joins the community for the Christmas tree lighting ceremony.
Rev. Philip L. Boroughs, S.J., president of Holy Cross, joins the community for the Christmas tree lighting ceremony. Photo by Tom Rettig

Students gather to take photos with Santa during the Christmas tree lighting ceremony.
Students gather to take photos with Santa during the Christmas tree lighting ceremony. Photo by Tom Rettig

Students get in the holiday spirit with wear ugly sweaters during Inter-House Council’s annual residence hall decorating contest.
Students get in the holiday spirit with ugly sweaters during Inter-House Council’s annual residence hall decorating contest. Photo by Emily Tieu ’20

Presents collected for the annual Giving Tree drive surround an adorned tree in Human Resources.
Presents collected for the annual College-wide Giving Tree drive surround an adorned tree in Human Resources. Photo by Tom Rettig

Jan Lenahan, administrative assistant of the political science department, talks with Jewel Duberry-Douglas
Jan Lenahan, administrative assistant of the political science department, talks with Jewel Duberry-Douglas '18 in her decorated office. Photo by Tom Rettig

Students take part in the annual Hogan After Dark Christmas event, enjoying holiday tunes and building festive gingerbread houses.
Students take part in the annual Hogan After Dark Christmas event, enjoying holiday tunes and building festive gingerbread houses. Photo by Austin Bosworth ’18

Students celebrate the holiday season — and near end of the semester — with an ugly sweater contest at the College pub..
Students celebrate the holiday season — and near end of the semester — with an ugly sweater contest at the College pub. Photo by Anthony Saltarelli ’18

With decorations in hand, roommates walk back to their residence hall to make their room festive for the holiday season.
With decorations in hand, roommates walk back to their residence hall to make their room festive for the holiday season. Photo by Tom Rettig

Lights are strung on the tree at the center of the Hogan Oval as campus gets in the holiday spirit.
Lights are strung on the tree at the center of the Hogan Oval as campus gets in the holiday spirit. Photo by Tom Rettig

Grounds staff member adorn the College’s main gates with wreaths.
Grounds staff member adorns the College’s main gates with wreaths. Photo by Tom Rettig

The biggest wreath on campus is hung on O’Kane Porch.
The biggest wreath on campus is hung on O’Kane Porch. Photo by Tom Rettig

Snow falls over the crèche in front of O’Kane Hall.
Snow falls over the crèche in front of O’Kane Hall. Photo by Tom Rettig

Fenwick Porch is made even more beautiful by falling snow and festive wreaths.
Fenwick Porch is made even more beautiful by falling snow and festive wreaths. Photo by Tom Rettig

Wreathes adorn lampposts across campus.
Wreathes adorn lampposts across campus. Photo by Tom Rettig

A pine tree sparkles with lights in front of Dinand Library.
A tree sparkles with lights in front of Dinand Library. Photo by Tom Rettig

Dinand Library gets into the Christmas spirit with a mini decorated tree in the Main Reading Room.
Dinand Library gets into the Christmas spirit with a mini decorated tree in the Main Reading Room. Photo by Tom Rettig

Students study for finals next to a tiny Christmas tree in the Music Library.
Students study for finals next to a tiny Christmas tree in the Music Library. Photo by Tom Rettig

Oliver de la Paz, associate professor of English, sports a Christmas trees on his office door.
Oliver de la Paz, associate professor of English, sports a Christmas tree on his office door. Photo by Tom Rettig

Lights brighten up campus as the sun sets.
Lights brighten up campus as the sun sets. Photo by Tom Rettig

Students enter St. Joseph Memorial Chapel for the Advent Festival of Lessons & Carols.
Students enter St. Joseph Memorial Chapel for the Advent Festival of Lessons & Carols. Photo by Tom Rettig

Study, faculty, staff and community members sing along during the Advent Festival of Lessons & Carols.
Students, faculty, staff and community members sing along during the Advent Festival of Lessons & Carols. Photo by Tom Rettig

St. Joseph Memorial Chapel is filled during Advent Festival of Lessons & Carols.
St. Joseph Memorial Chapel is filled during Advent Festival of Lessons & Carols. Photo by Tom Rettig

Michele Murray, vice president of student affairs and dean of students, offers a reading during Advent Festival of Lessons & Carols.
Michele Murray, vice president of student affairs and dean of students, offers a reading during Advent Festival of Lessons & Carols. Photo by Tom Rettig

The College Choir and Chamber Orhcestra fill St. Joseph Memorial Chapel with beautiful music during Advent Festival of Lessons & Carols.
The College Choir and Chamber Orhcestra fill St. Joseph Memorial Chapel with beautiful music during Advent Festival of Lessons & Carols. Photo by Tom Rettig

A student violinist performs during Advent Festival of Lessons & Carols.
A student violinist performs during Advent Festival of Lessons & Carols. Photo by Tom Rettig

Walking around campus, now nestled under a blanket of snow and adorned with lights, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the College of the Holy Cross.

From warm cups of peppermint mocha at Cool Beans to residence hall decorating competitions to holiday dinners in Kimball Hall, students find festive ways to take a break from studying and celebrate the season together on Mount St. James.

Enjoy a selection of our favorite images of campus at Christmastime.

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