Whether you celebrate Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas or no holiday at all, December is traditionally a time for family and friends and promoting peace on earth. In keeping with this sentiment, West VirginiaUniversity officials once again invite the entire community to the 15th annual Woodburn Hall Lighting Ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, in Woodburn Circle.

“The lighting of Woodburn Hall not only marks the beginning of the holiday season at WVU ,”said WVU President David C. Hardesty Jr.,”but it provides the University and the surrounding communities with an excellent opportunity to come together to reflect on our many blessings.”

Hardesty and WVU Student Government Association President Chris Gregory will offer holiday greetings. A patient from Childrens Hospital will assist Susan Hardesty with turning on the switch that will illuminate approximately 7,000 miniature white lights outlining Woodburn Hall, WVU s second oldest building.

The Trinity High School Choir and the WVU Trombone Troupe will also perform holiday selections.

At 7 p.m., following the light-up festivities, a reception will be held in the lobby of E. Moore Hall. Cookies, apple cider and hot chocolate will be served. Santa will be on hand to meet with children of all ages.

Woodburn will remain lit until Jan. 21. For more information, call 304-293-SHOW.