Christmas Lights Showing at Lubbock Campus

November 30, 2018

Christmas lights
Wayland's Lubbock campus is lit up for Christmas. A light display, synchronized to music runs each evening from now until Jan. 2, 2019.

LUBBOCK -- The seventh annual “Christmas Festival” synchronized light show is on display through Jan. 2, 2019 at Wayland Baptist University’s Lubbock campus, 801 N. Quaker (N. Loop 289 and Quaker Ave.). The light show starts at 6 p.m. and runs repeatedly until 10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, Friday and Saturday shows run from 6-11 p.m. Once on campus, visitors can tune to 88.7 FM and listen to the music while watching the spectacular light show. The 18-minute show is programmed to eight Christmas carols.

Wayland-Lubbock Executive Director Dr. David Bishop said the light show is funded by donor support.

 “We are deeply indebted to the Mary Mathis estate, which provided the initial funding for this effort,” Bishop said. “We would love to be able to extend this effort for years to come through the generosity of our donor partners.”

The show took root several years ago after Bishop had seen a similar production in Tulsa, Okla., coupled with his family’s attraction to Texas Tech University’s own Carol of Lights tradition.

“We felt we should have a ‘tradition’ here at our campus and, fortunately, we had someone on our team who could get it done,” Bishop said.

That someone was information systems administrator Joseph Marnell, who found some computer software that allowed him to program the display and select the music. Bishop added to the project himself, designing two of the signs, and having his campus team build them from scratch.

“This has truly been a work of love,” Marnell said, noting Craig Robertson with Texas Gutters was the primary designer and all materials were supplied locally.

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