City Christmas Parade

Join us in kicking off the holiday season!  The City of Hickory’s annual Christmas parade begins at 6:00 p.m. and will be immediately followed by the tree lighting by Santa and Mrs. Claus on Union Square.  After the parade and tree lighting conclude, the community is encouraged to spend some time in Downtown Hickory, shopping at the retailers, grabbing a bite to eat, enjoying the holiday music, and maybe even taking their own photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus.  A number of the downtown retailers will remain open late this evening for holiday shopping.  Make it a full night of fun and festivities downtown.

Hickory is in its sixth year of a new tradition, which is to kick off the holiday season the Friday before Thanksgiving by combining the Hickory Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting.  Sponsored by Lowes Foods, the parade will begin at the intersection of 4th Street NW and 1st Avenue NW.

Parade entry forms will be available online and at the Parks, Recreation, & Sports Tourism Administrative Offices at Highland Recreation Center beginning September 3.  If you are interested in having an entry, please fill out an application and submit it by 5 p.m. on Friday, November 8.  The parade is limited to the first 100 entries, with one vehicle or float permitted per organization.  Late submissions will not be accepted.  For questions or additional information, please contact Senior Recreation Programmer Kyle Mishler at (828) 261-2259 or

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