Western fraternities and sororities lit up the night on Sunday, Dec. 6 by decking their houses with Christmas lights and decorations. Students were able to vote on the best designs, and decided that the winning fraternity was Sigma Chi and the winning sorority was Sigma Sigma Sigma. Both organizations will receive a $25 donation for their philanthropy.

Several greek organizations set up lights and other holiday decorations on their houses to promote holiday spirit in the annual All Greek Holiday Light Show on Sunday, Dec. 6.

Decorations included colorful lights that radiated in the night as well as one house, Sigma Chi, that went above and beyond.

Sigma Chi - Western Illinois University - 2015 Holiday Lights Winners“It’s a big thing that our house is involved with we like to get a little mix and little classy and a little mix of we’re not sure what of,” Brandon Janda of Sigma Chi said.

Fraternities and Sororities competed in an all-out holiday show off in order to win a cash prize of $25 that would go toward their philanthropy organization.

“This is the Chi Omega women’s fraternity house. We just kind of went at it. It was more so what we had in our garage and a couple of girls went and grabbed some stuff at Wal-mart so she went in and got the little owl on the tree and that’s our symbol,” Rachel Lubbinga said.

“We kind of raise money throughout the semester and then we donate it to make a wish who then hooks us up with a family and grants their wish. So if a child has got a life threatening illness they’ll be put on this make a wish list and they’ll hook us up with that and once we have the $6,000 for the wish and they hook us up with a child our money is able to sponsor this child to fulfill their wish.”

Students and anyone that participated in the event were able to gather in the Multicultural Center for free hot cocoa and to vote on their favorite house.

“This is to spread the holiday spirit among greek organizations on campus,” Said Taylor Naetfldt Public Relations chair of Rho Lambda. when asked about the reasoning behind hosting the event for the past eight years.

Caitlyn Westfell, the panel and graduate advisor, gave more insight into the project.

“So basically, fraternities and sororities, as well as community members, can get a map out front and they can drive around looking for all the different fraternities and sororities or any houses decorated for the holidays.”

The winners this year were Sigma Sigma Sigma of the Panhellenic Council and Sigma Chi of the Interfraternity Council.