Holiday Lighting of Sweetheart Circle
The center of campus for more than 100 years, Sweetheart Circle is THE perfect traditional backdrop for a display of holiday lights, evergreen wreaths and red bows. The buildings, trees and lampposts on the Circle are draped in lights and decorated in holiday finery and the colors of the season. This winter wonderland extends to the "GSU" boxwoods, as they are dressed in sparkling white holiday lights.
Starting in 2007, the University's Director of Marketing and Communications, Christian Flathman, had the idea to create an event where members of the University and the local community could gather for their own version of New York's Rockefeller Center ceremony. Complete with a giant "switch" to activate the thousands of lights strung along the Circle's buildings and landscape, the holiday lighting of Sweetheart Circle officially starts the University's holiday season. The campus and community gather for a countdown and the University's President is given the honor of "flipping the switch." After the event, various music and choral groups perform as guests enjoy the traditional hot cider and a variety of treats.