The High Point Public Library is holding an event to lift everyone’s spirits at a time when there are a lot of things to bring people down – the ongoing worldwide pandemic to name one. 

The library is attempting to bring a lot of Christmas cheer this year, and, to that end, it will officially kick off its holiday season with the lighting of its Christmas tree on Saturday, Dec. 4. 

The actual flip of the switch is expected to take place at approximately 5:30 p.m.

This year, the 15-foot Christmas tree was donated by local attorney Jim Morgan, who’s a big supporter of the library.

Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic prevented the library from holding its much anticipated tree lighting in 2020.  But this year library staff is celebrating the return of the annual tradition with a full day’s worth of holiday events.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Dec. 4, there will be a special Holiday Farmer’s Market with over 40 vendors offering fresh produce, meats, fish, poultry, plants and baked goods. Crafts – like pottery, woodworking, jewelry, soaps and candles – will also be available for sale.  One special feature of this year’s holiday market will be a visit by Guilford County Animal Control, which will have adoptable pets on hand.

Christmas carols will be sung by The ARC of High Point Choir, which will entertain shoppers from 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.  

The Hope City Food Truck will be at the Market from 10  2 p.m.

At the event, there will be a free showing of the holiday movie “Elf” in the Morgan Community Room on the first floor of the library from 2 to 4:30 p.m.  Hot chocolate and holiday cookies will be available. Space is limited – so registration is required by calling the children’s desk at 336-883-3666.

Santa Claus – or someone dressed like him at least – will be available for photos in the library’s Story Room from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

At 5 p.m., the Tri-City Christian Academy Silver Bells handbell choir will perform a variety of holiday songs in the first-floor lobby, and, at 5:30 p.m., Santa Claus and Jim Morgan will lead the way to the Christmas tree for the lighting.

Everyone attending is encouraged to take advantage of the lighted, on-site “Selfie Sleigh” for additional holiday photo ops. 

The Christmas tree and sleigh will remain lit until after the New Year – though presumably the sleigh will be in use on Dec. 24 and 25.