HIGH POINT, N.C., Jan. 1, 2022 – More than 30,000 community members enjoyed the sights and sounds of the season at High Point University’s 11th Annual Community Christmas Drive. The annual event is free and was held this year for 14 nights, from Dec. 19 to Jan. 1.
“It is always a blessing to welcome thousands in the community to HPU’s Christmas Drive,” says HPU President Dr. Nido Qubein. “The Christmas season is meaningful and special to the HPU family, and we want to share this joy with the entire community.”
This year’s drive was expanded to include new decorations and campus facilities. Guests began at University Parkway and ended their drive through campus by the new Nido and Mariana Qubein Arena and Conference Center. Located next to the new facility was the state’s tallest Christmas tree at 58 feet.
During the drive, families enjoyed views of the more than 100,000 Christmas lights, a life-size Nativity scene, 206 nutcrackers and other holiday decorations. Additional new features included more animals and shepherds in the Nativity scene, as well as ornaments that are 10-feet tall, and giant wreaths and garland decorating Qubein Center.
At the end of the route, families received a special gift that included a book about HPU’s extraordinary transformation, an HPU Christmas card including music by the HPU choirs, and family vouchers to a basketball game at Qubein Center.
The free event was fun for all ages, including the family pictured here.