LA MIRADA, CALIF. — For the 39th year, Biola University is hosting its annual Christmas Tree Lighting on December 1, 2023. Guests will hear a message from Biola President Dr. Barry H. Corey, four alumni reading scripture and one performing spoken word, and enjoy Christmas treats. To top off the night, guests will be showered in “Southern California snow” as the tree is lit.

This year’s tree lighting is themed “Glory” in reference to the glory of God through the incarnation.

For those who arrive early, there will be an All Hall Holiday Tour hosted by Housing and Residence Life from 5:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. where participants will embark on a journey throughout campus where they can vote on their favorite Christmas tree, all of which were decorated by students. While only students are eligible for prizes, everybody is welcome to cast their votes. The tour will begin at the Fireplace Pavilion.

The long-lasting tradition of the Biola tree lighting brings together thousands of current students, alumni and their families, as well as the La Mirada community to celebrate the Christmas season.

Those who are unable to attend in person can watch the livestream on Biola’s YouTube channel.


What: Biola University will host its 39th annual Christmas Tree Lighting, which is themed “Glory.”

When: Friday, December 1, 2023. 7:00 p.m. Free attendance.

Where: Metzger Lawn at Biola University. 13800 Biola Ave. La Mirada, CA 90639. Main entrance is off of Biola Ave. Livestream available on Biola’s YouTube channel.

On-site Media Contact: Sarah Dougher, (310) 753-1193,

About Biola University: Biola University is a nationally ranked Christian university in the heart of Southern California. It has been recognized as one of America's best colleges, earning a spot in the top tier of the "best national universities" category of U.S. News and World Report's Best Colleges 2023 rankings. Founded in 1908, Biola is committed to the mission of biblically centered education, scholarship and service — equipping men and women in mind and character to impact the world for the Lord Jesus Christ. With nearly 6,000 students at its Southern California campus and around the world, Biola's eight schools offer more than 150 academic programs at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels. For more information, visit or call (562) 777-4061.