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Festival of Christmas to be held Dec. 4 at SBU


The 42nd annual Festival of Christmas, sponsored by Southwest Baptist University and Community Outreach Ministries, will take place at 6 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 4, in Pike Auditorium on SBU’s Bolivar campus.

Bolivar area residents are invited to celebrate the Christmas season at this free holiday program, which brings together area churches of Bolivar for a spectacular Christmas celebration each year.

“The Festival of Christmas is a highlight of the Advent season,” said President Rick Melson. “It is a joy to gather and celebrate the birth of the Messiah. We are eager to welcome the residents of Bolivar and surrounding communities to campus for this special night.”

Christmas music will be provided by the Festival Choir, Flute Ensemble, SBU Wind Symphony and Chamber Orchestra.

As part of the festival tradition, Community Outreach Ministries will collect a special offering for the Polk County Food Pantry to help those in need throughout the year. The pantry serves approximately 400 families representing 1,000 individuals each month.

For more information about the Festival of Christmas, call (417) 328-1644.