Hickory – As the holiday season approaches, the City of Hickory is making plans to safely celebrate amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Unfortunately, due to state health guidelines and mass gathering limits, the City’s annual Christmas Parade will not take place this year.

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.

“While we aren’t able to have a traditional parade this year, City staff is working with local partners to create alternative plans to celebrate the season,” said City Manager Warren Wood.

Although the parade will not take place, the City will have a Christmas Tree Lighting on Union Square on Friday, November 20, at 7 p.m. The tree lighting will also be livestreamed on Facebook for those who wish to participate virtually.

Stay tuned to www.HickoryNC.gov and City social media channels for future announcements with more event details for the holiday season.