HPU Announces Details for 6th Annual Community Christmas Celebration

Children visit Santa for a photo during last year’s event.

Children visit Santa for a photo during last year’s event.

HIGH POINT, N.C., Nov. 21, 2016 – High Point University invites neighbors and friends to celebrate the holiday season together at the sixth annual Community Christmas Celebration. The event will be held on campus from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 14 and 15 and will feature complimentary entertainment, hot food, Christmas decorations and more.

Free and open to all ages, HPU’s Community Christmas Celebration has grown into the premier complimentary Christmas celebration in the Piedmont Triad. Last year, the university welcomed 20,000 people, and faculty and staff volunteers contributed 2,500 hours to make it possible.

“We are High Point’s University,” says Dr. Nido Qubein, HPU president. “Each year, we look forward to celebrating the Christmas season through fellowship with families from High Point and across the Triad.”

This year’s festivities will include:

A life-size nativity scene, donated to the university by Mark Phillip of Phillips Collection Furniture, provides a holiday photo opportunity for families during last year’s event.

A life-size nativity scene, donated to the university by Mark Phillip of Phillips Collection Furniture, provides a holiday photo opportunity for families during last year’s event.

— Santa’s Stable Petting Zoo – NEW

— Polar Express Train Rides – NEW

— Readings of the Christmas Story by local ministers – NEW

— Life-size Nativity scene and photo station

— Photo and gift for children who visit Santa in the Slane Center

— “Falling Snow” Winter Wonderland Experience with hot cocoa & coffee too

— Christmas decorations

— Performances by local schools and church choirs

— North Pole Children’s Playland

— Arcade games and entertainment

— Holly Jolly Hot Dog Shoppe in the Millis Center Gym

Families are greeted by falling snow and Christmas characters as they make their way to HPU’s campus.

Families are greeted by falling snow and Christmas characters as they make their way to HPU’s campus.

All guests will park at Oak Hollow Mall near the entrance to the HPU Community Center, where complimentary shuttles will bring guests to campus. In the event of rain, the celebration will continue on campus in the Slane Center, R.G. Wanek Center and Millis Athletic and Convocation Center. For more information, visit www.highpoint.edu/christmas.

By the numbers – HPU’s campus will be decked in:

— 86,000 lights

— 11,740 feet of garland

— 166 wreaths

— 608 banners

— 450 bows

— 82 nutcrackers and soldiers

— 23 nativity scene figures

— 300 poinsettias

— 12 Christmas trees.

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