Since 2007, the Lighting of Sweetheart Circle at Georgia Southern University has been an annual holiday tradition for Statesboro that helps to kick off the season.
President Jaimie Hebert flipped the switch for his first time Thursday evening, lighting buildings, lampposts and trees draped with lights, wreaths and bows. The lighting event was hosted by the University Programming Board. The event included music as well as refreshments.
The event was attended by GSU students, as well as local residents from throughout the area. Featured activities included a snow machine that blasted icy fun for all, as well as holiday coloring and other family-friendly fun.
Georgia Southern mascot Gus was also on hand for the festivities.