HIGH POINT, N.C., Dec. 19, 2013 – Santa Claus, his elves and his woodsmen took over the High Point University campus last night for HPU’s Third Annual Community Christmas. Nearly 5,000 people from the Triad attended the event, which offered live choir performances, lights and decorations, hot food and, of course, visits with Santa.
The event continues tonight from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public. On the Kester International Promenade, elves on stilts offer hot chocolate and cookies to families while community choirs sing and Santa’s woodsmen share Christmas stories.
Carriage rides also transport visitors to the Wanek Center, where Santa Claus waits to greet children, have his photo taken with them and offer a gift. Hot food, games and a craft station also wait inside.
“It is such a joy to have our friends and neighbors celebrate the holiday season with us in this way,” says Dr. Don Scarborough, vice president for community relations. “We partner with community organizations for so many events throughout the year, and this is the perfect way to come together for the holidays.”
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Fun Facts – HPU’s Community Christmas includes:
• 10,000 Christmas Cookies
• 81,000 Christmas lights
• 8,700 feet of garland
• 160 wreaths
• 414 Christmas banners
• 404 Christmas bows
• 34 nutcrackers and soldiers