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Lowes Foods Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting




The City of Hickory Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting, sponsored by Lowes Foods, traditionally kicks off the holiday season the Friday before Thanksgiving. The parade begins at 6:00 p.m. in Downtown Hickory and is immediately followed by the tree lighting with Santa and Mrs. Claus on Union Square. Music by Hickory Music Factory and visits with Mr. and Mrs. Claus continue until 8:30 p.m. Numerous downtown businesses remain open throughout the event and offer specials, making the evening a great time for patrons to begin their holiday shopping. Make it a full night of fun and festivities downtown.  


For questions about the parade, please contact Recreation & Special Events Coordinator Kyle Mishler at (828) 261-2259 or


Parade Route

Parade starts at the intersection of 4th Street NW and 1st Avenue NW

Continue on 1st Avenue NW towards City Hall

Turn right on North Center Street

Turn right on Main Avenue NW

Continue through Union Square and exit on Main Avenue NW (Santa will be dropped off at Union Square before exiting downtown)




City of Hickory

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



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