HIGH POINT, N.C., Nov. 19, 2018 – High Point University continues its tradition of celebrating the sights and sounds of the holiday season with friends and neighbors. The eighth annual Community Christmas Celebration will be held on campus from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 13 and 14 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 25,000 people, and faculty and staff volunteers contributed 3,500 hours to make it possible.
“We are High Point’s University,” says Dr. Nido Qubein, HPU president. “Each Christmas season, we look forward to sharing this experience and time of fellowship with families from High Point and across the Triad.”
2018 Community Christmas festivities will include:
- Performances by local schools and church choirs, including:
- Dec. 13 – High Point Central High School Marching Band
- Dec. 14 – T.W. Andrews High School Marching Band
- Others to be announced soon
- Santa’s Stable Petting Zoo
- Polar Express Train Rides
- Readings of the Christmas Story by local ministers
- Life-size Nativity scene and photo session
- Photo and gift for children who visit Santa in the Slane Center
- “Falling Snow” Winter Wonderland Experience with hot cocoa and coffee
- Christmas decorations
- Performances by local schools and church choirs
- North Pole Playland
- Arcade games and entertainment
- Crafty Elf Lego Workshop in the R.G. Wanek Center to include Lego Robotics Paint by Robot, Lego Photo Op and Christmas Craft
- Holly Jolly Hot Dog Shoppe in the Millis Center Gym
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.
Community members can easily access a campus map, schedule of events, parking information, live updates and more via their smartphones by downloading the High Point University Community Christmas App at www.highpoint.edu/christmasapp.
By the numbers – HPU’s campus will be decked in:
- 93,000 lights
- 12,440 feet of garland
- 173 wreaths
- 648 banners
- 460 bows
- 130 nutcrackers and soldiers
- 23 nativity scene figures
- 300 poinsettias
- 12 Christmas trees