Whether you celebrate Kwanzaa, Hanukkah or Christmas, the holidays are going to look a little different this year with smaller, or even virtual, gatherings. While this might make you utter, "Stink! Stank! Stunk!," nothing can extinguish the holiday spirit or the feeling of family and goodwill the season brings. As the CSU community takes a moment to recharge and celebrate, here’s a look back at some of the merriment of years past. ​

 Stanislaus State student Mi’ShayeVenerable, left, and a fellow student posewith decorative gifts while getting ready forthe holidays on November 9, 2016.


Stanislaus State student Mi’Shaye Venerable, left, and a fellow student pose with decorative gifts while getting ready for the holidays on November 9, 2016.

The Stanislaus State Choral Ensemble strikes the harp and joins the chorus at Snider Hall on October 29, 2019.

San Luis Obispo

Student employees produce Cal Poly Chocolates Milk Chocolate bars, a popular holiday product, for sale on campus and around San Luis Obispo County, December 2019.

Photo: Joe Johnston

Agriculture and environmental plant sciences student Madison Garner makes holiday arrangements using Cal Poly San Luis Obispo’s annual poinsettia crop. The flowering holiday plants are grown by students in the university's Poinsettia Agriculture Enterprise Project, November 2020.

Photo: Joe Johnston



Despite all the holiday fun December can bring, it can bring stress, too, thanks to exams. That’s why San Francisco State’s Student Health Services has made it a tradition to bring furry, four-legged helpers to campus to help students feel festive, even during finals week.


Students hit the ice during the Snowflakes and Mittens event at the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union on December 9, 2019. Attendees were encouraged to bring their jackets and friends and enjoy hot chocolate.


Aztec Student Union Board Programming Assistant Natasha Harold, right, poses for a photo during Cooking with Chefs. At the monthly event, student organizations teach students how to make a variety of dishes, November 19, 2019.


When the students are away, the staff will play! CSULB’s annual Holiday Cart Parade brightened the campus on December 17, 2015.



Who needs snow when you can make a “sandman” along the coast at Humboldt State University? (Photo predates COVID-19.)

Students build a snowman out of cans during a food drive at HSU on December 4, 2018.



Reba Andrews, left, and Kristy Haffner enjoy Snow Day in the Quad on campus, December 2011.

Photo: Karen Tapia

The CSUF Concert Choir performs a one-night-only concert of holiday favorites for the 25th annual “A Carol Candlelight Dinner,” December 2013.



For nearly 30 years, staff at Chico State have supported what is now the Joy of Giving program, generating thousands of gifts each December for families in need. In 2019, bikes, toys, warm clothes and electronics were donated to 114 children from 49 families so every child could experience the magic of the holiday season.

Photo: Jason Halley

During finals week in December, President Gayle Hutchinson, her wife, Linda, and members of the cabinet visit Meriam Library to offer cookies and mandarins to students who are squeezing in their last bit of studying.

Photo: Jessica Bartlett

Lydia Thanh, Global Studies and Maritime Affairs, 2018 


On December 1, 2016, 20 tons of snow, along with an ice rink, were brought to CSUCI’s campus to give students a break from studies.


Do you have a great photo of a holiday event at the CSU?​ Email a JPG or TIFF to precord@calstate.edu and ​it will be submitted to ​CSU Dominguez Hills' Digital Collectio​n Database for archival.