BEEBE, Ark. – Arkansas State University-Beebe invites the public to the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on Thursday, Dec. 1, in “The Grove” behind State Hall on the Beebe campus.

The festivities will begin with a pottery sale starting at 3 p.m., with proceeds benefitting the ASU-Beebe Student Emergency Hope Fund. The ASU-Beebe Symphonic Band will perform at 4 p.m., followed by the Arkansas National Guard 5-Star Brass,106th Army Band at 4:30 p.m. and the Studio 360 Dancers at 5:15 p.m.

Dr. Jennifer Methvin, ASU-Beebe chancellor, will present holiday greetings at 5:30 p.m. and announce the honorary tree lighter for 2022. The ASU-Beebe Chamber Singers will perform at 6 p.m. Other activities will include crafts, refreshments, hayrides (courtesy of the John Deere agriculture technology program) and a visit from Santa Claus.

ASU-Beebe held the first tree lighting ceremony in 2016. The Leyland cypress tree has an estimated height of 25 feet and is decorated each year with thousands of blue and white lights.

For more information about programs offered at ASU-Beebe, call (501) 882-3600 or view the website at