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Come along to UCL's Festive Light Switch-On 2023

8 November 2023

All UCL staff, students and guests are invited to join Aimie Chapple, Vice-President (Operations), in Bloomsbury for UCL’s Festive Light Switch-On, on Monday 4 December.

UCL staff and students stand in the main Quad in the evening with festive lights

This annual winter event provides an opportunity for the UCL community to come together to meet with friends and enjoy seasonal food on the quad.

This year will be extra special, as we celebrate the first UCL Festive Bauble Design Competition winner! The winning bauble was designed by staff member, Alice Cane and includes abstract graphics based on neurons that is reminiscent of berries on a holly bush. The bauble will be displayed across UCL campuses throughout December and will be available for purchase on the night at a pop-up stand. The bauble will also be available to purchase at the North Lodge Welcome Point (by the main gates to the Quad), at Gather&Gather outlets on campus, and at the Students’ Union UCL Hanger (at 25 Gordon Street). 

Where: The Quad   
When: Monday 4 December from 5-6:30pm   
UCL has teamed up with caterer Gather&Gather to provide food and drinks that will be available to purchase at the festive event. The seasonal menu will include the options of: turkey burger with bacon and cranberry chutney, roast potato dippers with garlic sour cream and roasted pepper aioli dips. To drink, there will be tea, coffee, hot chocolate and mulled wine and mulled apple. While, for sweet treats, you can dig into mince pies and gingerbread biscuits. 

Catering outlets will be open on Monday 4 December from 4-7pm and on both 5 and 6 December from 11:30am-6:30pm. 

This event is free and open to all UCL students, staff and guests - just turn up!  

Please be aware that UCL's main Quad has a limited capacity. The entrance and exit to the event will be via the main gates to the Quad. No other entry to the Quad will be granted.  

If necessary, places at this event will be limited and access will be granted by security on a first come, first served basis to manage crowd control and safety at the event.