HPU Announces Details for Ninth Annual Community Christmas Celebration

High Point University’s Community Christmas celebration attracts thousands of visitors each year. This year’s event will be held on Dec. 12 and 13 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.


HIGH POINT, N.C., Nov. 18, 2019 – High Point University continues its tradition of celebrating the sights and sounds of the holiday season with its ninth annual Community Christmas Celebration. The event will be held on campus from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 12 and 13 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. Each year, the university welcomes more than 25,000 community members while faculty, staff and student volunteers contribute 3,500 hours to make it possible.

“High Point University’s Community Christmas attracts thousands of visitors each year because we are High Point’s University,” says HPU President Dr. Nido Qubein. “Community Christmas is a time to come together in fellowship to celebrate the joy and love of the holiday season with friends and neighbors.”

2019 Community Christmas festivities will include:

  • Performances by local schools and church choirs, including:
    • 12 – High Point Central High School Marching Band
    • 12 – Mt. Zion Baptist Church Choir with a homily by Pastor Dr. Frank K. Thomas
    • 13 – T.W. Andrews High School Marching Band
    • Other groups will be announced in the coming weeks
  • Santa’s Stable Petting Zoo
  • Enhanced Polar Express Train Rides
  • The Nutcracker: selections from Tchaikovsky’s classic
  • The Great Christmas Broadcast: a live, old-time radio show, with Christmas music, comedy and a special guest from the North Pole
  • Readings of the Christmas Story by local ministers
  • Life-size Nativity scene and photo op
  • 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 Wanek 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 James H. and Jesse E. 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 by downloading the High Point University Community Christmas App at www.highpoint.edu/christmasapp.

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

  • 99,000 lights
  • 13,191 feet of garland
  • 175 wreaths
  • 696 banners
  • 491 bows
  • 138 nutcrackers and soldiers
  • 23 Nativity scene figures
  • 324 poinsettias
  • 13 Christmas trees
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