It is Christmas time and if you are ready for Christmas lights, Santa, snow globes and Christmas movies then you really need to check out all the fun at Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia, Arkansas. It's the 40th Annual Celebration of Lights and it's a big celebration.

Close-up of lit up Christmas lights
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It all takes place this Thursday, November 30.

The Celebration of Lights began back in 1984. It was a simple light display to celebrate  SAU’s 75th year. All it had at the beginning was a tree in front of Overstreet and lights were strung around campus. But over the years, they've been adding more and more light displays. In 1988, they added lights all around the Bell Tower. The lighting of the Bell Tower is now an annual holiday staple known as the SAU holiday candle.

Golden Christmas baubles
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The celebration starts at 3 PM with a Christmas movie and you can get your very own personalized Snow Globe.

Family Christmas Movie: “Elf” shown at Foundation Hall at 3 PM, 5 PM, and 7 PM.
Personalized Snow Globes: Reynolds Center will take place from 3 PM to 7 PM.
Storytime with Mrs. Claus at Magale Library at 5 PM, 6 PM, and 7 PM.
Photos with Santa in the Reynolds Center from 6 PM to 8 PM.
Buffet Dinner at the Reynolds Center in the Grand Hall from 6 PM to 8 PM

christmas decorations
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Photos with Santa are free in the Reynolds Rotunda from 6 PM to 8 PM.
Tickets for the annual holiday buffet dinner and Christmas music can be purchased at the door. Adult tickets are $10.69, and children ages 5 to 12 are $5.49. Children under 5 eat free. You can call (870) 235-4045 for more information or visit their website at 

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