Holiday Hub

The Holiday Spirit

Vespers Message

Traditionally, UE holds a very special on-campus Vespers Service to welcome the holiday season. While we are unable to gather this year, the message remains important. This year’s Vespers, which means “evening service” or “evening prayer”, is delivered by Rev. JillAnn Knonenborg, director of religious life at UE.

Do You Hear What I Hear?

Listen to the sounds of the season! The University of Evansville’s Department of Music has provided a selection of Christmas tunes for you to listen to at work, in the car, or in your home.

View the full playlist

Worldwide Winter Wonderland

A Harlaxton Christmas Story

From across the pond, Holly Carter, principal of Harlaxton College, shares a special version of The Night Before Christmas.

Holiday Traditions

Every Ace has a holiday tradition, but which is your favorite? We asked our students to share with us. Some traditions are familiar to many of us, while others are particularly unique.

Holiday Greetings Around the World

No matter what you may be celebrating this season, UE would like to wish you a happy holiday! Watch our students from around the world share a holiday greeting in their native language.

For the Children (of all ages)

The Night Before Christmas

What’s Christmas without the well-loved poem? Our favorite Purple Santa reads this holiday classic for everyone to enjoy – not just the kids!

Coloring Pages

Print out your favorites for some artistic fun! Our selection of coloring pages includes simple designs for kids and more complex layouts for adults.

Download Coloring Pages PDF

A Visit from Purple Santa

Children of UE alumni and employees are invited to visit with Purple Santa and share what they’d like for Christmas – all through Zoom! On Friday, December 4, from 4:00-6:00 p.m. (CST), children will get an opportunity to share a few minutes with Purple Santa and get their annual holiday photo taken (via screenshot). If you have questions, please contact the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations at

Deck the Halls

Zoom Backgrounds

‘Tis the season to be jolly! Bring the holiday cheer to your next Zoom meeting with our festive backgrounds that are free to download. Transport yourself to the UE campus, or add a fun design to your screen.

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Painting with a Twist

Celebrate the season with a Christmas canvas! There is still time to join the Aces Alumni Virtual Paint Party, which will be held on Sunday, December 13, from 3:00-5:00 p.m. For $10, you may select the canvas of your choice, then gather your own paint supplies to complete the “Snow Much Joy, UE Snowman” design.

Paint Supplies Needed:

  • 1-in. liner brush, for fine lines
  • A round shape brush
  • Purple paint
  • Light blue paint (You can mix white with a little darker blue to get a sky color.)
  • White paint
  • Brown paint (You can mix brown & white to get cream.)
  • Orange paint
  • Yellow, blue, red, and purple paint (you will only need a small amount of each color if you choose to have lightbulbs in your design; use any colors you like)
  • Black Sharpie marker
  • Cup of water to clean brushes
  • Paper towels or baby wipes