For the fifth year in a row, Montana State University invites students, staff, faculty, alumni and the community to celebrate the traditional yearly lighting of Montana Hall on Wednesday.

“Lights on Montana Hall” starts at 5:30 p.m. at Alumni Plaza and the Bobcat Spirit statue, just north of Montana Hall. The iconic administration building was built in 1896 and is the second oldest structure on campus.

The event will feature holiday music, the MSU School of Music’s Montanans, carols by preschool students from MSU’s Child Development Center, and remarks from the student body president and vice president.

MSU President Waded Cruzado will give a brief welcome, a drum line will perform and there will be a countdown by MSU cheerleaders and Champ before thousands of festive lights illuminate Montana Hall. Refreshments will be provided.

Begun in 2015, “Lights on Montana Hall” is meant to deepen the sense of community surrounding Montana’s land-grant university, Cruzado said.

“We are grateful for the ties that bind us together as a Bobcat community, and this wonderful tradition has become a way of celebrating those ties,” she said.

Free parking will be available on campus in all non-reserved spots after 4:30 p.m., including the top level of the parking garage. A map of parking lots is online at