Making spirits bright at Carolina

From the World Series of Dreidel to inviting school children for hands-on holiday crafts, Carolina celebrates the season with fun, service and reflection.

Get a taste of Carolina’s holidays by scrolling through the photos here and watching the videos below.

In the spirit of giving, many departments collected gifts and food for area families in need. Staff, students and faculty across campus donated books to benefit the Book Fairy, an organization that donates children’s books to the Pediatric Oncology Clinic at UNC Hospitals. Varsity athletic teams shopped for area families.

Events covered all corners of campus, including:

  • Winter Stories for Children of All Ages, complete with cookies and hot chocolate.
  • The Jingle Bell jog in which employees and students ran or walked through campus, while donating to two worthy causes.
  • A concert by the North Carolina Jazz Repertory Orchestra with scores of holiday tunes (see below).
  • The General Alumni Association’s annual a cappella concert, featuring student groups such as the Clef Hangers (shown below), Sabbala from Hillel, Tar Heel Voices and the Tarpeggios.
  • The Morehead Planetarium’s new concert series under the “stars” with a 17-piece jazz orchestra, bluegrass musicians, a handbell choir and a children’s rock band.
  • A special production of the Carolina Ballet’s Nutcracker with Las Vegas-style magic.

Happy holidays, Heels!

The Clefs sing at the General Alumni Association’s concert.

The North Carolina Jazz Repertory Orchestra performs Jingle Bells.