Hickory – In case you missed the event listing two weeks ago in FOCUS, here are the remaining holiday activities for the public in Hickory.

Holiday Grinch Party
Thursday, December 13, 6pm, 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!

Santa’s Seniors Christmas Brunch
Thursday, December 13, 12 pm, 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 corn hole 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, 4pm, 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 pm–6pm, 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, 6pm, 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 pm–6 pm, 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, 4:30pm–5 pm, 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 pm–4pm, 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, 10:30am, 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, 6:30pm–8:30pm, 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, 6:30pm, 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 pm–2pm, 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 pm 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, 4:30pm, 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, 3:30pm, 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 pm–4 pm, 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 pm Free fun for ages 15 years and under.

International Christmas Concert
Saturday, December 22, 6pm, 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, 5:30pm, 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.