HIGH POINT, N.C. -- Polar Express train rides to the North Pole are taking off from High Point.

The 7th annual High Point University Community Celebration is back welcoming thousands of people from the area.

The free event includes entertainment for all ages, food, hot cocoa and some one-on-one time with Santa.

Guests will have another chance to attend the event on Friday if they missed Thursday's celebration.

They're asked to park at the Oak Hollow Mall. Complimentary shuttles will be provided.