exodussantaHickory –  The 13th annual Exodus Homes Christmas Lights Festival and Food Crawl will be held on December 5, 2016 from 5:30pm – 7:30pm  at 122 8th Ave. Dr. SW in Hickory 28602. The faith based United Way agency’s fast and furious holiday event is free and fun for the whole family. The main site of Exodus Homes has been beautifully decorated for Christmas, and the public is invited to stroll around sampling free food from Mountain Fried Chicken, Taste Full Beans Coffeehouse, Texas Roadhouse, The Hickory Soup Kitchen, Olive Garden, Pizza Hut, Little Caesar’s Pizza, Pepsi Cola and more. Mikey the MAKO Medical Shark Mascot will be there with candy for all. Chris Johnson, Exodus Homes graduate and executive director of Young People of Integrity will again be Santa Claus in what has become an annual tradition for this event.

Free pictures with Santa will be offered, and the pictures will be given on-site during the festival. The Exodus Missionary Outreach Church Gospel Choir and Prodigal Sons and Daughters will bring lively music during the event.

Hickory Mayor Rudy Wright will light the rooftop Christmas tree to begin the festivities, and Hickory Ward 4 Councilman Hank Guess will greet the crowd for Christmas. The annual festival is a dream come true for the Rev. Reggie Longcrier, founding executive director of Exodus Homes. “We want to bless folks for the holidays, and invite the public to come see the beautiful thing God has done here in the Ridgeview community at Exodus Homes” he said.

Photo: Chris Johnson as Santa with children at the Exodus Homes Christmas Lights festival.