Lighting of the Quads

Well worth the wait: Colorful celebration kicks off the holiday season at Homewood

Video: Dave Schmelick

The holiday season hasn't officially begun at Johns Hopkins University until the traditional Lighting of the Quads, which took place Monday night after twice being postponed last week. The colorful celebration brought together hundreds of students, faculty, and staff for winter fun and cheer.

Festivities this year included an iceless skate rink, a title-less art installation by alumni Nate Towles (featured at Light City Baltimore last year), stilt walkers, a performance by the Johns Hopkins Entertainers Club, a student DJ, and a fireworks show. Students enjoyed kettle corn, gingerbread cookies, donuts, and hot chocolate.

Though Saturday's snow has come and gone, the HOP featured its Snow Tent, in which students were able to take photos. The Digital Media Center brought back its "Enlighten" art installation—a three-sided glass piece where students write answers to various questions.

Johns Hopkins University President Ronald J. Daniels led the festivities. He was accompanied by the president of the Student Government Association, co-president of Graduate Representative Organization, and members of university administration.

Lighting of the Quads is supported by the Hopkins Parents Fund.