Celebrate the holidays in Hickory, America’s Top Tinsel Town

HICKORY, NC (November 21, 2018) — There’s nothing quite like celebrating the holidays in Hickory, America’s Top Tinsel Town according to Realtor.com.

The Hickory holiday season officially kicked off on November 16 with the City’s annual Lowes Foods Christmas parade and tree lighting in downtown.  Each year, the holiday kick-off event draws thousands of spectators to Downtown Hickory to celebrate the start of the holiday season.

In continuing the celebration of the season, the City of Hickory offers a number of festive activities and events throughout the month of December.

Create a Christmas Stocking

Tuesday | December 4 | 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Westmont Senior Center

During the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season, let’s put a smile on someone’s face.  Stop by Westmont Senior Center and create Christmas stockings that will be distributed to residents of surrounding assisted living facilities.  All materials will be provided.

Lunch with Santa

Wednesday | December 5 | 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | Ridgeview Recreation Center

Youth ages 3 to 5 years old are invited to join Santa for a delicious lunch and enjoy holiday crafts, reindeer games, activities, and more.  Remember to bring your cameras to capture memorable moments.  Each child in attendance will get a special visit with Santa and will receive a small gift.  This event is free, but pre-registration is required for groups of five or more by Wednesday, November 28.  For more information or to pre-register, please contact Recreation Programmer Sade Roseboro at (828) 328-4890.

Gift Wrapping Workshop

Wednesday | December 5 | 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. | Highland Recreation Center

Could your gift wrapping skills use a little improvement?  Learn tips and tricks to giftwrap like a pro at a free workshop for ages 18 and up.  Get some creative inspiration and make your gifts stand out under the tree this holiday season.  The workshop will be held in the Highland Recreation Center Community Room and Christmas cookies will be provided.  Attendees may opt to bring a square and/or cylindrical object to wrap.

Decorate the Tree

Wednesday | December 5 | 6 p.m. | Westmont Recreation Center

Help us decorate Westmont’s Christmas tree!  Participants will make the ornaments to go on this special tree.  This event is free for youth and teens, ages 5 to 15.  Christmas materials will be furnished.

“Beautiful Star” Playwright Preston Lane

Saturday | December 8 | 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Patrick Beaver Memorial Library

Meet Preston Lane, playwright of the musical “Beautiful Star,” a heartwarming rendition of the Christmas story that is being performed at the Hickory Community Theatre November 30 through December 16.  Lane, the Founding Artistic Director for Triad Stage, will share his motivation and inspiration for writing “Beautiful Star” and his process for writing and getting his plays and adaptations published.

Christmas Tissue Fun

Saturday | December 8 | 12 p.m. | Neill Clark Recreation Center Gymnasium

Youth ages 4 to 10 are invited to make Christmas decorations out of colored tissue paper.  All supplies will be provided.

Decorate a Tree Relay

Monday | December 10 | 2 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. | Highland Recreation Center

Decorating a Christmas tree is a fun activity to do with your family.  Let’s elevate the fun and turn it into a relay race!  Join us in the Highland Recreation Center Aerobic Studio for a fun Christmas activity that is sure to get your heart rate up.  All ages are welcome.

TMNT Christmas

Monday | December 10 | 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. | Ridgeview Recreation Center

Donnie, Raph, Leo, and Mikey are getting ready to decorate a tree near you!  Create your “totally awesome” turtle ornament on Monday, December 10, starting at 3 p.m.  It’s sure to be fun for all dudes and dudettes!

Christmas Circuits

Tuesday | December 11 | 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. | Highland Recreation Center

With all the activities going on, your workouts may be the first thing to go.  To help maintain your cardiovascular and muscular endurance, meet in the Highland Recreation Center Fitness Center on Tuesday, December 11, at 5 p.m. to learn variations of circuit workouts and how they can save you time this holiday season!

Sit With Santa

Tuesday | December 11 | 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. | Highland Recreation Center

Join Highland Recreation Center and Lowes Foods at Sandy Ridge for the annual Sit with Santa event.  Santa and Mrs. Claus, along with their helpers, will take Christmas wishes and provide a variety of other holiday activities.

Holiday Jazz Concert

Tuesday | December 11 | 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. | Patrick Beaver Memorial Library

Take a moment away from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season and join Hickory Public Library for a pleasant evening of music with the Just Friends Jazz Trio.  The jazz trio, featuring David Wortman on saxophone, Gary Schwartz on piano, and Charles Smith on drums, will play traditional Christmas tunes in a jazz style.

Holiday Grinch Party

Tuesday | December 11 | 6 p.m. | Ridgeview Branch Library

Thursday | December 13 | 6 p.m. | Patrick Beaver Memorial Library

The Grinch is coming to Hickory Public Library to steal Christmas!  Don’t miss this chance to meet him in person (and his dog, Max) as they bring Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” to life in their own special, silly way.  Make sure to stick around after this fun, family program for photos and silliness during an exclusive Meet-and-Greet.  Your heart will grow three sizes!

Snow Globe

Wednesday | December 12 | 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. | Brown Penn Recreation Center

Don’t know what to get your loved ones for Christmas?  Let your snow glow in a personalized snow globe.  All snow and globes will be provided for youth ages 15 and under.

Santa’s Seniors Christmas Brunch

Thursday | December 13 | 12 p.m. | Highland Recreation Center

Sleigh bells are ringing, are you listening?  Active adults ages 50 and better are asked to join Santa and Mrs. Claus at Highland Recreation Center for a Christmas brunch at noon.  Make your season merry and bright by joining us for fun activities like cornhole toss, bingo, prizes, and more.  Lowes Foods at Sandy Ridge will provide the turkey, ham, dressing, and drinks; participants are asked to bring their favorite side dish or dessert.  For more information about this free event, please contact Von Curry at (828) 324-1200.

Holiday Cookie Decorating

Thursday | December 13 | 4 p.m. | Ridgeview Branch Library

Kids in Grades 5 – 9 are invited to celebrate the holidays by visiting the library to design the most festive, jolly cookie creation.  Supplies are limited.  Please call (828) 345-6037 to register.

Holiday Craft Mixer

Thursday | December 13 | 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. | Ridgeview Recreation Center

Pick a holiday craft to make at the Holiday Craft Mixer.  There will be three different styles of holiday ornaments to create and take home.  All supplies are provided and free for all ages.

Christmas Wrapping

Thursday | December 13 | 6 p.m. | Westmont Recreation Center

Wrapping Christmas presents can be difficult.  Learn how to wrap a beautiful gift at this free holiday program for ages 15 and up.  Wrapping paper and boxes will be provided, but participants may bring their own.


Friday | December 14 | 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. | Brown Penn Recreation Center

Youth ages 15 and under can add a personal twist to the Christmas tree this year.  Just bring your creativity and everything else will be provided for you to create original ornaments to celebrate the holiday.

Christmas Snow Angel

Friday | December 14 | 4:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. | Neill Clark Recreation Center Gymnasium

Youth ages 4 to 10 are invited to come make a unique snow angel.  Participants can decorate their walls and windows with this fun craft.  Supplies will be provided.

Jingle Bell Rock Out

Saturday | December 15 | 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. | Highland Recreation Center

Are you looking to add your own homemade decorations to the Christmas tree this year? If so, come join us in the Highland Recreation Center Game Room for our Jingle Bell Rock Out event.  Participants will be given a chance to create their very own Christmas ornaments out of clay.  This free program is open to adults and youth of all ages.  All materials will be provided.

Lacy Snowlady

Monday | December 17 | 10:30 a.m. | Westmont Senior Center

Lacy is sassy and classy and the perfect Christmas craft for young and old.  Grandparents can bring their grandchildren with them to design a beautiful Styrofoam lady.  Milk, cookies, and all supplies will be provided.

Hand Prints

Tuesday | December 18 | 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. | Brown Penn Recreation Center

This is for the little ones.  Parents, bring your children 7 years and under to make cute hand print ornaments for the tree and for you to cherish as a personal keepsake.

Flashlight Candy Cane Hunt

Wednesday | December 19 | 6:30 p.m. | Highland Recreation Center

Santa has hidden candy canes around the center.  Bring a flashlight and help find them!  Kids ages 7 to 12 are invited to decorate a bag for collecting the candy canes and then hunt for them.  This free event will conclude with cookies and milk.

Top Secret Santa

Thursday | December 20 | 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. | Ridgeview Recreation Center

Sssshhhh!  Attention naughty or nice adults!  Seniors are invited to come and draw a name on Tuesday, December 4, for top secret Santa.  The Christmas gift exchange party will be held on Thursday, December 20, at 12 p.m.  All gifts must be up to $5 value and Santa’s identity must remain unknown.  Adults ages 50 and up are welcome to participate.

Christmas Card Fun

Thursday | December 20 | 4:30 p.m. | Neill Clark Recreation Center Gymnasium

In the spirit of Christmas, youth ages 4 to 10 are invited to have some fun making Christmas cards.  Various arts and crafts will be available to make these very memorable cards.

Christmas Cookies

Thursday | December 20 | 3:30 p.m. | Westmont Recreation Center

Get into the Christmas spirit by making Christmas cookies at this free event for youth and teens ages 12 to 15.  Cookie ingredients will be provided.

Invisible Tree

Saturday | December 22 | 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. | Brown Penn Recreation Center

The ornaments have been created, so now it’s time for the tree.  Christmas will never be the same on Saturday, December 22, at 2 p.m.  Free fun for ages 15 years and under.

International Christmas Concert

Saturday | December 22 | 6 p.m. | Drendel Auditorium – SALT Block

The Hickory International Council and Romanian Baptist Church Choir present an International Christmas Concert featuring American traditional carols, Romanian acapella carols, and classical songs by Vivaldi, Beethoven, and Handel.

A Kwanzaa Celebration

Thursday | December 27 | 5:30 p.m. | Ridgeview Branch Library

Join the library with your friends, family, and the community to celebrate Kwanzaa.  April C. Turner will perform stories, songs, and dances demonstrating the principles and symbols of the Kwanzaa celebration.

In addition to these City of Hickory events, many community organizations host holiday events throughout the whole city.  Check out www.hickoryeventscalendar.com to find a holiday event near you.