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Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting Cancelled for 2020


In recent years, it has become the tradition for Hickory’s Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting to kick off the holiday season with thousands of spectators in downtown the Friday before Thanksgiving.


Unfortunately, due to state health guidelines and mass gathering limits, the City of Hickory announced in October that the annual Christmas Parade would not take place this year. Plans then moved forward for a socially-distanced Tree Lighting event.


However, in light of Governor Cooper’s COVID-19 briefing on November 17 announcing Catawba County’s orange level alert for substantial community spread and in the interest of public safety, the City of Hickory has made the very difficult decision to cancel the Christmas Tree Lighting scheduled for November 20 at 7 p.m.


Santa will make a surprise visit to Hickory to magically light the tree in the near future. The virtual tree lighting will be shared on the City’s website and social media channels. Stay tuned!



Tinsel Town Countdown


Since Hickory was named Top Tinsel Town by in 2018, we hope the Hickory community follows along with our "Tinsel Town Countdown" on social media as we count down from Thanksgiving to Christmas and celebrate the fun holiday activities offered throughout the community, along with some surprise guest appearances.


As part of the Tinsel Town Countdown, Hickory residents are encouraged to show off their holiday spirit and decorating by sending a photo of their “Holidays in Hickory” via Facebook Messenger to the City of Hickory’s Facebook page,, by 5 p.m. on December 11. The photos will be posted on the City’s Facebook page in a Holidays in Hickory photo album for all to see and enjoy.



Christmas Cruisin'


Additionally, Valley Hills Mall, Viewmont Shopping District, and Downtown Hickory are participating in the City’s “Christmas Cruisin'" on Tuesdays (Valley Hills Mall), Wednesdays (Viewmont Shopping District), and Thursdays (Downtown Hickory) throughout December. Patrons are encouraged to “Stop. Shop. And Snap.” Stop and see the beautiful decorations; shop at the businesses throughout the holiday season; and snap a s“Elfie” at one of the elf photo stand-ins in downtown or with any of the wonderful decorations throughout the city, or make reservations to take a photo with Santa at the mall. More information will be shared on the City’s Facebook page throughout December.


City of Hickory

76 North Center Street
Hickory, North Carolina 28601
Phone: (828) 323-7400
Fax: (828) 323-7550



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