SWIC's Winter Wonderland 2023 - Southwestern Illinois College

Dec 1st – Dec 20th

You are in the right place! Let’s party and Happy Holidays!

What is SWIC’s Winter Wonderland?

All of your SWIC December events located on one page!

We hope you enjoy the holiday events we planned and have a great time!

What can you do at SWIC’s Winter Wonderland?

Student Life and Marketing present


Dec 6th 11-2 | Belleville Campus Quad
Free for Faculty, Staff and Students
Tree Lighting

Rockin’ around the Christmas tree… Join us as we light up the SWIC Tree-mendous 16 1/2 foot tree @ noon.

Gingerbread House Party

For goodness bakes… Let’s build a Gingerbread House at the Gingerbread House Party!

Iceless Skating Rink

Slide into the season! Skates available for no charge or bring your hockey skates! 

Food Drive

Joy to the world… Bring your donations to the Little Tree and get a stocking stuffer!

(To qualify you must bring at least 3 food items not including Ramen Noodles)

Snow Globe Photos

Let it snow… Visit the Snow Globe for some festive Photos!

Snowball Fights

A Snowy Showdown… Enter the Snowball Arena for a Snowball Fight!

Eat, drink, and be merry!

I’m Dreaming of… Cookies, Hot Cocoa and Smore’s. Join us roasting smores next to one of SWIC’s fire pits! We will also have a warming tent!

Don’t get your tinsel in a tangle!

Stress Relief Activities

Student Life
Belleville – Main Complex 1st floor hallway/lounge 11-1

Monday 12/4 | Stress Relief Goodie Bags
Tuesday 12/5 | Hand, Back and Neck Massage

Watch for Stress Relief Goodie bags on Red Bud and East St Louis

Finals Week Stress Break

Stop by the while the Success Center is open December 11-14 in the BC and GC Success Centers. We’ll have snacks and stress relief activities all week!

massage therapy class
SWGCC Library Presents

Student Showcase

Dec 6-8
Stop by the Library to Vote for the best Student Projects from this Semester
SWGCC Holiday Hoorah!

Dress for the Holidays!

Monday 12/4Beanie/Scarf
Tuesday 12/5Wear Red & Green
Wednesday 12/6Ugly Holiday Sweater
Thursday 12/7Holiday PJs or Athleisure
Find the Hidden Ornaments!

Be on the look out!! Find one of the hidden ornaments on SWGCC Campus? Bring them to Room 451 for a goodie bag!

Deck the Halls!

Check out our Festive Doors around campus!

Brought to you by Marketing and participating departments

PAWS Pet away Worry and Stress!

December 5th and 6th

Granite City Library

10am – Noon

SWIC’s Sign & Dine

Silent Dinner


Friday, December 8th @ 6PM
Hokkaido Buffet and Grill
4580 N Illinois St
Swansea, IL 62226

Everyone is Welcome!
Hope to see you there!


11/13 – 12/10

Faculty & Staff Ugly Sweater Contest

12/3 – 12/15

Student Ugly Sweater

11/13 – 11/22

Listen, dance, or sing along to holiday music, Submit a photo to be themed and virtually watch Santa read a story as well as let him know what you want this year!

Theme my photo, Virtual Santa Reading are community activities and open to everyone.

Santa’s virtual book reading

Santa’s virtual book reading

How to enter contests and community activities!

How to enter contests and community activities!

Student and Faculty/Staff CONTESTS:

Winners Announced


Submit a photo to be themed.

Take a picture, add it to a shared drive, copy the URL, pick a theme and submit it into the entry form. There are no prizes for this activity however you will be able to download your image from the Community page.

All entries will be public on the website. If you do not want anyone to see your photo please do not submit a request.

What are the rules?


Not sure what to do? No problem!

Here’s some ideas!

DIY Holiday

Holiday Lights



Contest Rules

Important note:

* Please make sure to continue to social distance.

Your submission URL must be public until you see the image on the website. If we can not view your image the submission will be automatically disqualified.

  • Only 1 submission per person per activity that you qualify for. If you submit more then one entry and/or request to theme a photo only the most recent submission will be accepted and all other submissions will be void.
  • Images must be no more than 5MB in size.
  • Please keep your submission family-friendly. No swearing. No mention of violence, drugs, or abusive material. Please wear modest clothing and make sure the background of your scene is clear of any inappropriate items.
  • Submission must maintain social distancing requirements.
  • Student, Faculty or Staff member needs to be in the submission photo for the contests.
  • Make sure not to use images that might be copyrighted. You must own all rights to the art or photos in the submission.
  • If you are not the only person involved, you must have permission from all participants to post.
  • Ugly Sweater contest you must be wearing the sweater or in the picture if you created a sweater for someone else.
  • YOUR IMAGE URL MUST BE PUBLIC. If we can not see your image the entry will be automatically disqualified.
  • Please be safe.
  • HAVE FUN!!!

Important dates

Student Contests


Submission form will open on 11/13.

Student Contests


Make sure to have your submissions in by midnight 11/22.

Student Winners


Winners announced via social media and website.

Student Prize


Prizes can be picked up starting as soon as winners are announced.

Community Theme My Photo

11/13 – 12/10

Submissions must be submitted by midnight 12/10. No Prizes however you can download your themed image.

Faculty and Staff Contest

12/3 – 12/15

Submissions must be submitted by midnight 12/10. No Prizes however you can download your themed image.

Santa Holiday Stories

12/8 & 12/15 @ 7pm

Tune in on Facebook or watch the readings from the website.


Prize Overview

All contest prizes will be a holiday basket.
Winners will be notified by email with instructions on how to claim the prize.

Holiday Ugly Sweater Contest

This is the only prized activity at this holiday event.

There will be 3 winners in each category.

  • 1st Place
  • 2nd Place
  • 3rd Place

Community Theme My Photo

There will not be a contest or prizes however you will be able to download your themed photo.



There will be a team of 5-6 impartial student judges.

The scale will be on a 1-10 rating.

Holiday Ugly Sweater Contest

  • Contestants will be judged on 5 criteria: Visual impact, Originality, Effort, Quality, and Festive presentation.
  • Awards will be given for the 1st – 3rd place.