A group in High Point has decided to hold a citywide holiday party with a very interesting twist.

As part of the celebration, the event will feature a large tree adorned with colored electric lights and other decorations, and the highlight of the festivities will come when the tree is lit up and the people around it begin to sing.

The Saturday, Nov. 19 “2022 High Point Holiday Party” is being put on by Furnitureland Rotary Club along with Bethany Medical and The Lenny Peters Foundation.

The proceeds will go to charity.

The Furnitureland Rotary Club threw a similar party last year and it was such a success the organization decided to do it again.

Though the tree lighting promises to be the high point of the event, it’s actually an all-day affair. The festivities kick off at noon with free trolley rides on the “Support Local Retailers Trolley Hop.” Riders can get some early Christmas shopping done since the trolly will stop at 13 retailers throughout High Point.  It will also take passengers on a tour through High Point University so they can see the elaborate holiday decorations that are on display there.

There will also be a scavenger hunt during the day and, 3 to 7 p.m., the party will take place at the intersection of Elm Street and Church Street and the Truist Point concourse.  There will be vendors, food trucks hot chocolate and S’mores and will feature several kids’ areas with bounce houses, face painting and a photo op with Santa Claus – though the Rhino Times cannot attest to whether this Santa Claus will be the real one or an impersonator.  Regardless, all of the kids zones activities will be free of charge.

The lighting of the 44-foot Christmas tree will be emceed by Mix 99.5 radio personalities.  That ceremony will begin at 5 p.m. and will feature special performances by the Williams Memorial CME Church Choir and other musical acts.