Missouri Southern State University to Host Inaugural Holiday Happenings on December 9

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(Joplin, MO) – On Friday, December 9, Missouri Southern State University (MSSU) will host their inaugural Holiday Happenings event on campus! The event is free and open to the public.

The event will feature the traditional Southern Lights tree lighting on the campus Oval, surrounded by buildings adorned in lights. Additionally, the Holiday Happenings event will include a holiday Makers Market craft fair, Merry Mansion Tours of the alumni mansion, carriage rides, and more.

The day will kick off with the Makers Market at 2:00 pm and carry over into the evening festivities as MSSU ushers in the holiday season. The tree lighting will take place at 7:30 pm with musical performances and the MSSU Chamber Choir. To conclude the night, a showing of the 1983 classic A Christmas Story will take place in Phelps Theatre at 9:00 pm.

The schedule of events is as follows:

MSSU Holiday Makers Market

2:00 to 9:00 pm | Billingsly Student Center, Lions Den/Mall

Craft fair including children’s activities and local arts and crafts vendors.

Merry Mansion Tours

5:30 to 7:30 pm | Ralph L. Gray Alumni Mansion

See the holidays come alive with a self-guided tour of the beautiful Ralph L. Gray Alumni Mansion.

Carriage Rides

5:30 to 7:30 pm | University Parkway in front of Billingsly Student Center

Enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride through campus.

Southern Lights

5:30 to 7:30 pm | The Oval

Enjoy musical performances in front of the MSSU Christmas tree! The MSSU Chamber Choir will perform at 7:30 pm as the tree is lit to celebrate the holiday season.

Appearances by Roary and Santa

5:30 to 7:30 pm | Billingsly Student Center, Lions Den/Mall

Come see Roary and Santa!

Holiday Movie (A Christmas Story)

5:30 to 7:30 pm | Phelps Theater, Billingsly Student Center, First Floor

Conclude the evening by enjoying the classic holiday movie A Christmas Story with friends and family.


University Relations & Marketing
Missouri Southern State University


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