COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Tis the season to be jolly, and Columbus State University is ringing in the holidays with a new tradition.
On Tuesday, Dec. 1, CSU hosted their inaugural WinterFest, an evening of winter wonderland fun with Santa, snow and a show.
The event was held around the T.Y. Whitley Clock Tower on CSU's main campus from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., and held a campus lighting ceremony at 6:30 p.m.
"This event not only celebrates the holiday season but it also welcomes the community to the campus, we have a beautiful campus here at Columbus State University and we just wanted the community to enjoy it, this free event," said Christa Robbins, communications specialist for CSU.
WinterFest was free and open to the public and featured the following attractions:
- 17 holiday performances with about 400 performers from local schools
- Lighting of the campus, including a tree and the clock tower
- Photo opportunities with Santa and Elsa from “Frozen”
- Horse-drawn carriage and fire truck rides
- Four snow machines
- Free hot chocolate and popcorn
- More than a dozen craft stations with crafts from around the world, cookie decorating, face-painting, carnival games and more
WinterFest is an opportunity for the CSU family and the Columbus community to come together to welcome the holiday season. WinterFest is a new campus tradition initiated by CSU President Chris Markwood and co-sponsored by the CSU Alumni Association.
Visit the official webpage at this link for full details.