Mass celebrating the First Sunday of Advent Mass and Photos with Santa & Spike

The Gonzaga Christmas tradition for alumni and friends.

Thank YOU to those who participated in the 2023 event. See you next year!

Join Zag alumni, families and friends for Mass celebrating the First Sunday of Advent followed by photos with Santa & Spike, bulldog cookies, and cocoa.

Festive attire encouraged.  
decorated tree in Hemmingson Center

Sunday, December 3, 2023

10–11 a.m.
Mass celebrating the First Sunday of Advent

University Chapel, College Hall, 3rd Floor

Please use the north main or ADA-accessible south main doors to enter College Hall (Ad Building).

Photos with Santa & Spike opens at 11 a.m. for Mass attendees
Mass attendees receive early access to photos with Santa and Spike in the Hemmingson Center. You may be asked to present your Mass program.

Sitting santa and nutcracker

Noon–2 p.m.
Photos with Santa & Spike (open to the public)
John J. Hemmingson Center, 1st Floor

This is a very popular event and lines for photos may be long. Please be aware families attending Mass receive early access and line priority for photos.

Date & Times

Sunday, Dec. 3
10 a.m.–11 a.m. Mass celebrating the First Sunday of Advent
Noon–2 p.m. Photos with Santa & Spike


University Chapel, College Hall, 3rd Floor (502 E Boone Ave., Spokane, Wash. 99258)

Hemmingson Rotunda, 1st Floor (702 E. Desmet Ave., Spokane, Wash. 99202)



Additional Info

Campus Map

Parking during the event
During the event, attendees may park on any level of the BARC (above the ZagShop, corner of Desmet and Cincinnati) or in the lot in front of College Hall at no charge.

The ZagShop will be open 11 a.m.–3 p.m.

ZAG ALUMNI & FRIENDS Spokane Chapter

Spokane Chapter Day at The Bulldog

Following Photos with Santa, join the Spokane Chapter in supporting the Zags Women's Basketball Team as they take on Stanford! Enjoy a pre-game party, and then watch the game from the comfort of The Bulldog in the John J. Hemmingson Center (2nd Floor). There will be a lunch buffet and game snacks, along with a no-host bar. Families are welcome.

During the pre-game party, four lucky attendees will win tickets to the Zags WBB vs Stanford game taking place at the McCarthey Athletic Center!

Date: Sunday, December 3
Time: 11 a.m.–3 p.m. PST
Location: The Bulldog Hemmingson Center, 2nd Floor, 702 E. Desmet Ave., Spokane, Wash. 99202
Price: Free
Food and beverage menus are available for purchase at the venue.