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Friends University Christmas Clock Tower Lighting

Friends University illuminates the historic Davis clock tower on Nov. 19, 2023 at 6 p.m. This time-honored tradition on the Friends University campus at Rose Window Plaza is a symbol of the start of the holiday season for the campus and the Wichita community.

Whether you attend Friends University, or just live in Wichita, you know that the Davis clock tower stands out beautifully in the Wichita skyline this time of year.

At 6 p.m., enjoy several FREE festivities in the Rose Window Plaza as the clock tower lights up! Once again this year, there’s also a very special guest – Santa Claus! 

Friends Clock Tower

Photo By: Mickey Shannon

Enjoy an evening of carols and festive music from the Singing Quakers and Friends University Band. They’ll also have cookies and cocoa and a Christmas tree lighting!

A livestream of the Ceremony of Lights activities will be available, including the musical performances, greetings and speakers, and the lighting of the Friends University Christmas lights, including the iconic Davis Tower.

The Friends University clock tower lighting event is FREE and open to the public. For more information, visit friends.edu/ceremony-of-lights

About the Davis Tower:

  • It was built in 1886-88
  • At the time it held more floor space under one roof than any other educational facility west of the Mississippi
  • The building was originally constructed as Garfield University and was named University Hall. After Garfield University closed, the building was empty for five years until James M. Davis, a wealthy Quaker businessman, bought the building and donated it to the Society of Friends (Quakers)
  • The building’s name was changed to the Davis Administration Building in 1923 in honor of Mr. Davis and wife Anna
  • The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1976
  • The auditorium can seat approximately 680 people and features the stained-glassed Rose Window on the west wall and 20 other stained-glass window
  • The auditorium was restored in the early 1990s and is used weekly during the traditional academic year for faith and learning as well as for performances, lectures, meetings and the occasional wedding
  • In recent years, the Davis building has undergone a $10 million restoration to preserve the building so it may continue to serve students and the Wichita community into the 21st century 


Date: November 19, 2023
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Friends University, Rose Window Plaza
Cost: FREE
For more info: friends.edu/ceremony-of-lights

Friends University Clock Tower

Photo By: NRCA Professional Roofing 

Here is more Holiday Fun: 

Christmas Lights Displays 

Fall Bazaars, Craft Shows & Holiday Markets 

Watson Park Polar Express Train Ride 

A Country Christmas with Live Reindeer at Fulton Valley Farms

Bradley Fair Holiday Stroll 

Christmas Shows and Concerts 

Illuminations at Botanica with 2 Million Lights 

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