For the most wonderful time of the year, there’s an endless amount of activities on campus. Here’s an overview of what to expect in the last two weeks before Christmas break.
One activity put on by the Student Activities Council called Campus Christmas, which will be 8-10 p.m. Dec. 8, in Ramaker.
“Campus Christmas is basically a big, campus wide Christmas party,” Anna Boyles, one of the coordinators said. “This is just a fun way to get everyone on campus together to have fun celebrating Christmas.”
Boyles is excited about the event, and said she can’t wait to see how everything comes together. SAC has been planning this event for a while now, working together with AV and Creative Dining to make it happen. There will be a variety of activities to participate in, including card making, cookie and ornament decorating, puzzles, a photo booth, story-telling and more.
“This is going to be a super fun Christmas party that nobody is going to want to miss,” Boyles said.
SAC also puts on Winter Formal. This is a campus-wide dance, the most formal of all of NW’s dances. This event will be 10 p.m.-1 a.m. Dec. 1, at the Prairie Winds Event Center. At this event there will be a disc jockey, some food and drinks and a photo booth.
“This is actually my favorite event to put on,” said coordinator Elizabeth Glover. “I really like Christmas and dancing, so putting those two together makes it an awesome event. It’s a big celebration right before the end of the semester, which is cool.”
Students should come dressed up and bring $5 for admission.
Another annual event that students can look forward to is Coly Christmas. Coly’s residential assistants work together with residential director Cody Hughes for this event, which will happen at 9 p.m. on Dec. 3.
“What we try to do is get everyone on campus to come over to Coly to hang out for a while, have a good time, hopefully laugh a lot and through that, help out a local ministry by donating all of our proceeds to Genesis House here in Orange City,” Hughes said.
He is looking forward to the event, even though it is a lot of work. He sees how it brings the guys in the dorm together and loves seeing how it all turns out.
“You can never know what to expect,” Hughes said. “You might go through one wing that is straight out of “Stranger Things”, and another could be hospital-themed with college guys giving their interpretation of giving birth. It is great seeing some guys have fun with it and let loose a little more than what you typically see out of them. And the building never looks better than it does on Coly Christmas. Come on over and see it for yourself this year.”
Coly’s Christmas event is the only one like it around campus, but it is not the only dorm that celebrates the holiday. North Suites has their guys get up for breakfast one Saturday morning in December, and RD Tyler Zeutenhorst’s wife Rachel reads the whole dorm a Christmas story.
Many of the other living areas around campus have events similar to this one.
Lastly, another NW tradition is the caroling chapel, which will be at 10:05 a.m. Dec. 7.
There are many Christmas traditions around campus to look forward to. More details can be found on the campus calendar.