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2018 Purdue Memorial Union Christmas Tree Delivered

The holiday season was sent into full gear on Purdue's campus after the delivery of the traditional Memorial Union Christmas tree earlier this afternoon.

Posted: Dec 3, 2018 2:54 PM
Updated: Dec 3, 2018 5:24 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - The holiday season was sent into full gear on Purdue's campus after the delivery of the traditional Memorial Union Christmas tree earlier this afternoon.

The tree is a 25 foot tall blue spruce tree, and is 14 feet wide at the bottom of its branches. The tree is about 25 years old and was donated by a West Lafayette family.

The tree delivery kicks off a full month of Christmas festivities that'll happen on campus, starting with the 2018 tree lighting that will happen December 4th at 6PM. University President, Mitch Daniels, will lead the lighting. There will also be a “Guess the Lights” contest running from December 4th to the 19th. Visitors can try their best to guess how many lights are on the tree, with the top three guesses receiving gifts donated by local businesses.

Allen Bol has been working for Purdue Libraries for ten years, and has been present for nearly every Christmas tree delivery in those ten years. He shared his thoughts on why it’s important the University continue the tree tradition.

“It's something that the whole community can enjoy, not just people connected to Purdue, everyone in West Lafayette and Lafayette. It makes it open for the whole community. It's a great tradition that I hope to continue for many years into the future.”

The tree will be fully decorated until the 19th of December, and it will be removed from the building on the 20th. Be sure to visit the Purdue Memorial Union Grand Hall to witness a longstanding Purdue tradition.

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