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Like every event that comes and goes once a year, the anticipation for the 55th Annual Carol of Lights was just as special as it was the first year I enjoyed it during my freshman year of college in 2004.

Texas Tech Carol of Lights

Texas Tech Carol of Lights

The night was cool, but not wrap-yourself-in several-layers cold. It was the perfect mix for a night out with the family, a group of friends or hand-in-hand with someone you love. As I walked with my date for the night, my camera, I could feel the pulse of the university as I inched closer to Memorial Circle. It was there where I met up with the thousands of other people who were gathered in front of the Physics and Geosciences building.

Texas Tech Carol of Lights

Texas Tech Carol of Lights

Shortly after 7 p.m., the Carol of Lights began with a mix of music by the the Tech Trombone Choir and the Texas Tech University Combined Choirs. My favorite song had to be “O Holy Night.” For a moment, I closed my eyes and listened as the thousands of people around me softly sang along to the music. It’s moments like this that make the event such a wonderful place to be.

Texas Tech Carol of Lights

Texas Tech Carol of Lights

After the song made everyone feel all warm and fuzzy, the moment finally arrived. With a flip of a switch, more than 25,000 lights illuminated the university in a warm glow of colors.

According to Texas Tech, the lights will be turned on every night from dusk until midnight from December 4, 2013 through January 1, 2014. So get out there, take some photos and enjoy the lights while you can.

Texas Tech Carol of Lights

Texas Tech Carol of Lights

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Texas Tech Carol of Lights

Texas Tech Carol of Lights