For many in High Point this year, the high point of December will be what happens on Saturday, Dec. 7, when the season of love and happiness transforms that city’s downtown – or, really its “uptowne” – into a magical winter wonderland.

That’s because the city is celebrating its “Annual Uptowne High Point Holiday Stroll Christmas” for the tenth year in a row.

Anyone considering attending can tell that the event will be old-timey and atmospheric because the “Uptowne” in the name has a fancy “e” on the end for the occasion.

Oh, the horse-drawn carriage rides are also a dead giveaway of that Norman Rockwell feel the city is going for.

On Saturday, Dec. 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. those who come out will enjoy open houses, holiday shopping, horse-drawn carriage rides, arts & crafts displays by local vendors – and plenty of holiday music performed by community groups.

Strollers will also be able to buy an Uptowne stocking – now available at participating retailers – and bring it with them on “Stroll Day” to get free stocking stuffers and other goodies from select merchants.

A portion of the proceeds of the stocking sales will benefit the Kiwanis Club’s Christmas Cheer Fund.

Here are some of the events going on Saturday as part of the festivities…

  • From 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. St. Mary’s Community Center at 205 W. Farriss Ave. The Puttin’ on the Grits Breakfast Fundraiser for the Community Clinic of High Point ($15 per person; those 12 and under will be free.
  • From 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. A Main Street stroll from the Library Plaza to State Avenue, back to Farriss Avenue and to Sedgefield Hunt Club, with parades featuring horses, riders and hunt dogs. There will be terrific photo opportunities with the horses and dogs.
  • From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Farriss Avenue at Main Street.There will be vender tents with local artisans and foods, including Classy Accents, A Step Beyond Bakery, Sweet Nanny Goat Soaps, Best Friends Creations, Loretta’s Doormats, Wags Woodworking, Brush of Color Art, Keller Williams Realty and Soviero’s Garden Center.
  • From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Elizabeth House at 1104 North Main Street, characters from the High Point Community Theatre’s “A Christmas Carol” will be strolling around, and, of course, making themselves, available for photos.

There are also many, many other events going on as part of the stroll that day.  For a complete list of times and locations – and cost where relevant – people can check out