Five ways to get ready for the holidays at UNT

Nov. 13, 2019

With Halloween behind us, it’s time to prepare for the non-stop holiday season that starts in November and goes all the way into the new year. If you need a little help getting into the holiday spirit, here’s a list of things you can do to get ready — and most don’t require leaving campus.

1. Eat a holiday meal every day of the week.

Dining Services is getting us in the Thanksgiving mood with a Thanksgiving meal at each of its dining halls next week:

  • Monday, Nov. 18: Thanksgiving Lunch, Kitchen West (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
  • Tuesday, Nov. 19: Thanksgiving Celebration, Champs (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
  • Wednesday, Nov. 20: Thanksgiving Lunch, Bruceteria (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
  • Thursday, Nov. 21: Thanksgiving Lunch, Kerr Dining Hall (11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.)
  • Friday, Nov. 22: Thanksgiving Lunch, Mean Greens (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.)

And dining hall holiday celebrations continue into December:

  • Tuesday, Dec. 3: Help Decorate Kerr’s Christmas Tree, Kerr Dining Hall (4:30 -8 p.m.)
  • Wednesday, Dec. 4: Hogwarts Christmas Dinner, Bruceteria (4:30-9 p.m.)
  • Thursday, Dec. 12: International Christmas, Kerr Dining Hall (4:30-8 pm.)

2. Get into the giving spirit.

  • UNT will participate again this year in WFAA’s Santa’s Helpers toy drive, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Look for collection boxes in the major buildings on campus, including residence halls and academic buildings, beginning Monday, Nov. 25. The new, unwrapped toys you donate go to children in Denton County (from infants to teenagers) whose families aren’t able to purchase gifts for the holidays. Need an idea? Donate something that made the wish list of a child you know or check out some of these trending toys for 2019.
  • The UNT Food Pantry also appreciates your help. Donations are accepted from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday at Crumley Hall. Any current UNT student in need can visit the pantry during those hours. Check a list of some of the items needed (they have plenty of canned peas and canned green beans for this semester). If you'd like to volunteer at the pantry, email for information or watch the training video for new volunteers.

3. Find a holiday deal — and dessert.

  • Don't miss one of our favorite days of the year, when Barnes and Noble at UNT offers faculty and staff 20 percent off UNT-branded clothing and gift items. You can take advantage of the sale all day Tuesday, Dec. 3 (the day of the Faculty and Staff Holiday Party).
  • If you're in the mood for a holiday dessert, look no further than The Corner Store in the Union, which offers Clark Bakery cookie cakes, decorated for the season, for less than $15.

4. Attend a festive event, from lighting to wassailing.

  • Thursday, Nov. 21: Celebrate the Season of Lights with the lighting of the Union Orb Tree on the Union South Lawn and the lighting of the Library Mall from 6 to 7 p.m. Light refreshments will be served, with remarks made around 6:15 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 3: Enjoy the annual Faculty and Staff Holiday Party from 3 to 5 p.m. in the University Union Ballroom, Room 314, featuring food, fun and prizes. You can bring a toy for the WFAA toy drive if you haven’t already donated. Complimentary parking is available from 2 to 6 p.m. in the Union Circle Parking Garage.
  • Friday, Dec. 6: Venture a few blocks off campus to attend the Denton Holiday Lighting Festival from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. on the square. The event, which includes live local music and holiday spirit, is free, but bring a toy to benefit Elves Shelves.
  • Friday-Saturday, Dec. 6-7: On the square and beyond, visit Denton merchants participating in the Denton Wassail Weekend, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The tastings are free until the wassail runs out! Saturday’s activities also include strolling musicians, a Historic Denton Home Tour and the Holiday Express Train hosted by Denton County Friends of the Family.

5. Celebrate with music, the UNT way.

  • Friday, Dec. 6: The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra comes to town to join the UNT A Cappella Choir, conducted by Allen Hightower, in presenting Handel’s Messiah at 7:30 p.m. in the Murchison Performing Arts Center. You also can catch the performance at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9, at Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth.
  • Saturday, Dec. 21: Enjoy TubaChristmas, conducted by Eddy Russell and coordinated by Donald Little, at noon in the Library Mall. Admission is free for the annual event, which brings tuba and euphonium players from UNT and area schools and communities together to play holiday favorites.
  • The One O’Clock Lab Band Holiday Show Dec. 6 at McDavid Studio in Bass Hall is already sold out, but check out the College of Music’s online store. You can choose from many titles for jazz fans on your gift list, or pre-order the One O’Clock’s Lab 2019, which will be released Friday, Nov. 22, just in time to make your Thanksgiving bright.