Xavier welcomes 180 local schoolchildren to campus for its annual event, A Xavier Christmas

Children visit with Santa in addition to enjoying arts and crafts and a tree-lighting ceremony | December 7, 2011

Xavier kicks off the holiday season this week with its annual student-run event, A Xavier Christmas, on Wednesday, Dec. 7, when about 180 elementary school students arrive on campus in the late afternoon for treats and a visit with Santa.

Each child is accompanied by one or more Xavier students who are their “buddies,” leading them around campus for games and holiday crafts. In addition to meeting with Santa, the children also have an opportunity to see a live Nativity scene on the Xavier Yard, formerly the Greenspace.

Every year the Physical Plant staff creates a breathtaking lighting display around campus with strands of lights wrapped around trees and light poles, hoping to dazzle the visiting children. The children are also entertained by a performance by the Xavier's men's a cappella singing group, Harmon-X. Before they leave, Al Bischoff, S.J., joins them at the Sally Watson tree outside the new Fenwick Place residence hall for a special tree-lighting ceremony.

Xavier faculty, students and staff have collected new hats and gloves to be distributed to the children in attendance and sent to other children in need.