Seasonal Celebrations to be Held at UAFS

campus during lighting ceremony

The UAFS campus during last year's lighting ceremony.

Two events on the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith campus held in late November will kick off the university’s holiday celebrations as part of the university’s Season of Entertainment 36.


The UAFS holiday lighting ceremony will take place Nov. 22, followed by the Season’s Greetings Concert Nov. 29. Both events are free and open to the public.


Nov. 22: Holiday Lighting Ceremony

The lighting ceremony will take place at 7 p.m. at the Bell Tower and Campus Green, where attendees can admire the UAFS campus garnished with holiday decorations.


Vocalists will perform live seasonal music, and hot chocolate will be served. Masters of ceremony will be Katie Brown, Miss UAFS 2016, and Austin Lloyd, president of the Student Government Association.


After the ceremony, audience members can walk around campus and view the lighting.


Nov. 29: Season’s Greetings Concert


The Season’s Greetings Concert will be held at 7 p.m. at the Arkansas Best Performing Arts Center at the Fort Smith Convention Center, 55 S. 7th St., featuring student musicians performing holiday classics.


A lineup of classical holiday music will be performed by students from the university’s Brass Ensemble, UAFS Chorale and Women’s Chorus, Jazz Band, Jazz Catz, and Symphonic Band, as well as opera and musical theatre students. The concert will culminate in the musical groups coming together for a finale singalong.


Tickets are required for the free event and can be acquired by visiting or contacting the UAFS Box Office at 479-788-7300.


Both events are part of Season of Entertainment 36, a year-long lineup of entertainment sponsored by the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith featuring a variety of plays, musicals and symphonic performances.


About the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith


The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith is the premiere regional institution of Western Arkansas, connecting education with careers and serving as a driver of economic development and quality of place in the greater Fort Smith region. Through a small campus, dedicated professors, and the university’s unique bond with its community, students at UAFS are able to do more in the areas they are passionate about, both on- and off-campus, in a way that prepares them for post-graduate success. To find out how you can do more at UAFS, visit


Article by John Post, Director of Public Information
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Photo by Rachel Putman, Photographer, Marketing and Communications Office
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Tuesday, November 8, 2016
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