Community residents are once again invited to join Eastern Illinois University's students and staff for some holiday magic as the university hosts two festive gatherings in Old Main.
Guests are invited to attend either of the two events, the first of which is scheduled to take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, and the second from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 6. Holiday music, food and drink will be offered.
Parking is available in most university lots (excluding handicapped spaces) after 5 p.m. Guests attending Thursday's gathering should park in the "X" lot, located east of Old Main.
A total of six trees adorn Cougill Foyer during the holiday season, with five featuring hundreds of decorations made by students of Ashmore, Carl Sandburg, Jefferson, Lake Crest (Oakland) and Mark Twain elementary schools.
The sixth tree -- a 15-foot alpine spruce -- features blue and silver stars, representative of Eastern's school colors. The selection also represents this year's holiday party theme, "Wishing On a Star "
EIU and President Bill Perry invite all to stop by and enjoy this year's holiday celebrations.