A man holds a child on his shoulders as they watch a tall Christmas tree being lit in the evening.
Category: University News

Title: Georgetown Celebrates Holiday Season With Giving and Carols

Date Published: December 17, 2019

Main Campus lit up during the Tree Lighting Ceremony in Dahlgren Quadrangle Dec. 6, just before students began studying for final exams.

Student groups – including the Chimes, the Gospel Choir, Saxatones and GraceNotes – sang a medley of carols during the annual ceremony.

Jesuit Traditions

“There is so much to enjoy here at Georgetown during the Christmas season,” says Rev. Mark Bosco, S.J., vice president of Mission and ministry. “I always love seeing the student musical groups perform carols at the Tree Lighting Ceremony, followed by the beautiful Lessons and Carols in the chapel that same evening.”

In keeping with the Jesuit tradition of being people for others, giving back to the surrounding community was also an important part of Georgetown’s celebration.

More than 50 students, faculty, staff and alumni from the School of Continuing Studies handed out about 100 kits containing gloves, socks, hats, first aid kits, hand warmers and toiletries to members of the city’s homeless population this past weekend.

A student wearing a Christmas hat leans down to talk to a child with decorative lights in the foreground.

Spreading Magic

During the Georgetown School of Medicine’s annual HOYA Clinic Toy Drive Dec. 2, medical students wrapped and handed out gifts to children at three locations in Washington, DC that house families experiencing homelessness.

Sarah Trent (M’22) and Ben Hack (M’22), HOYA Clinic student volunteers, led a fundraising campaign for the drive that kicked off Dec. 3. Generous donations from students, faculty and staff helped raise more than $10,000 for toys.

“It’s so important for all kids – especially those experiencing poverty and homelessness – to look forward to and enjoy the magic of the holidays,” says Trent. “For families facing financial hardships, it can also be difficult to budget for gifts, so the HOYA Clinic Toy Drive aims to ease that financial and emotional burden on families so that everyone can truly enjoy the holidays.

Bosco says his favorite holiday moment on campus is the Advent Mass.

“It’s becoming more and more a tradition among all Hoyas, Catholic or not,” he says. “We start in the Quad and sing songs as we climb the stairs to Gaston Hall, and all the chapel choirs sing together at the Mass. It is such a wonderful way to prepare for Christmas as a Georgetown community.”