The University of New Mexico’s oldest annual tradition, the Hanging of the Greens, made a triumphant return to campus on the evening of Friday, Dec. 3 after going virtual last year due to the pandemic. This year, nothing could stand in the way of thousands of luminarias illuminating campus as the sun went down.

The event, organized by the Mortar Board Senior Honor Society in association with several campus-wide professional and student organizations who helped set up thousands of luminarias across campus, saw hundreds of students and community members come to campus for the evening’s activities.

Food and drink were in abundance as attendees had multiple places to pick up delicious biscochitos and hot chocolate as they strolled around campus. As they wandered, they were treated to the sweet sounds of groups like Something Major A Capella performing holiday tunes. Lobo Louie and Lobo Lucy were also in attendance, dressed in festive attire to help spread holiday cheer to the crowds.

The titular activity took place at President Garnett Stokes’ house on campus. UNM alumnus and 2020 Homecoming King Ansely Emeanuwa presented Stokes with a handmade wreath, which was then hung above the entrance to the house.

The festivities concluded with a free screening of Frank Capra’s 1946 classic “It’s a Wonderful Life” at the Southwest Film Center in the Student Union Building theater.

Shelby Kleinhans is the multimedia editor at the Daily Lobo. She can be contacted at or on Twitter @BirdsNotReal99