As December draws near, slowly Christmas trees begin to light up houses, garland becomes wrapped around every railing, and reindeer brightly shine in front yards – there is no doubt the spirit of Christmas is filling the city of High Point. This joyful holiday season, spent with family and loved ones, only comes once a year so it calls for celebration. In the days leading up to Christmas, it may seem like the holiday can’t come soon enough. Don’t worry! There are a host of holiday events throughout December in High Point which allow you to celebrate all month long. We want you to have the most joyful holiday yet, so we are sharing a few of High Point’s festivities that are perfect to spend with our community and your loved ones. Get your calendars out – you won’t want to miss these events!
No one does Christmas quite like High Point University. Large Christmas trees fill every building on campus, thousands of Christmas lights illuminate the campus, nutcrackers line the streets – it is truly a Christmas fairytale. Thankfully, HPU invites all neighbors and friends (yes, this means you too) to come experience the holiday together on campus. The event spans two-days to enjoy the stunning decorations, delicious food, Christmas music and choir performances along with complimentary photos with Santa, and even simulated snow! The best part? It’s is completely free and open to the public and no tickets are required! This two-day event starts on December 13th at 5:30pm until the 14th at 5:30pm. This is definitely something you do not want to miss! Click here to learn more.
Nothing gets you in the holiday spirit like the classic Christmas story of Ebenezer Scrooge. The High Point Community Theatre brings the story to life with their talented 50+ person cast, amazing sets, and beautiful music. This is a perfect event for the whole family to enjoy as you watch Scrooge discover the joy of the holiday season. The musical will take place December 13,14 and 15 at 7:30PM and December 14th and 15th at 2PM. Seating is reserved, so we encourage you to purchase tickets in advance by calling the Box Office, 336-887-3001 or visit www.hpct.net. For students, seniors, and military, advanced tickets are $18, adult advance tickets are $20. Tickets at the door are $20 for students, seniors, and military, and $22 for adults.
The Nutcracker is a holiday tradition that has been celebrated for over thirty seasons. The High Point Ballet and its skilled performers prepare an unforgettable holiday show filled with talent, creativity, and of course holiday spirit. The Nutcracker full feature performances take place on December 19th, 20th, and 21st at 7:30pm. Tickets can be purchased online, by phone or in person at the High Point Theatre Box Office.
The High Point Holiday Stroll is a great way to kick off the holiday season with friends and family. The Holiday Stroll takes place December 1st from 10am until 4pm. It features open houses at High Point’s historic churches and retail merchants. Your family can visit Santa and the Elves, take a ride in a horse drawn carriage, enjoy performances by community groups and carolers- and so much more. There is also a crafts and holiday wares fair! This event takes place across several blocks of North Main Street’s Uptown, from Ray to State Avenues and there is no admission cost. Come join the fun!
Culp Christmas Tree
In 1994, the Culp family decided to decorate their 75-ft. redwood tree, as a way to thank God for healing their 12-year-old son, who was diagnosed with a low-grade malignant tumor in his left femur bone. The community came together to help beautifully decorate and light the tree. For 20 years, the Culps have kept the holiday event going, creating a tradition for the community to enjoy. Not even losing the original tree during an ice storm in 2014 would stop the Culp’s celebration. Instead, they decided to plant a similar tree to continue the beloved tradition. Join the community on December 1st to witness the lighting of the Culp Christmas tree. This holiday event is located at 500 Woodbrook Drive, High Point. If you have any questions, please call R. “Frosty” Culp at 336-689-9803.
First United Methodist Church and Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church both gather the High Point community for their Love Feast event, a Christmas Eve tradition rich with meaning and celebration. This holiday event features talented performances by the Chancel Choir, the chamber orchestra, and the Church’s renown handbell choir. Stories and music abound. And at the end of each service, the sanctuary lights are turned off as the community is brought together by sharing the lighting of candles by every attendee and the signing of Silent Night. The service will take place on December 24th at 5pm and doors will open at 4:30pm. First United Methodist Church is located at 512 North Main Street in downtown High Point and Wesley Memorial is located at 1225 Chestnut Drive at the corner of Westchester.
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