Christmas show starts Friday

Holiday shoppers will enjoy entertainment, gift and decorating ideas and more Friday through Sunday at the second annual Christmas in the Valley in Hickory.

The event will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Hickory Metro Convention Center.

The National Gourd Lady, Margaret “Sparky” Sparkman, will present her collection of original decorative gourds at the show. She started her hobby 50 years ago from a garden club project of taking comical birds and animals created from gourds to shut-ins. She has given the last eight presidents a gourd depicting their political parties’ mascot. She has been on "The Tonight Show" with Jay Leno two times and has been featured in many other TV shows and magazines.

The Fred T. Foard Honors Ensemble will perform at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Phyllis Heil of Hickory, known as "The Whistling Woman," will perform seasonal music during the show.

Heil was awarded the title of "International Whistling Entertainer of the Year" in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2010 by the International Whistlers Convention. In September 2005, Phyllis appeared on "The Tonight Show" with Jay Leno.

The Riverbend Middle School Quintet Band will perform a Christmas ensemble at 10:45 a.m. Saturday.

Hickory Fire Department will teach about fire dangers during the holidays. Department officials will discuss proper Christmas tree care and potential cooking hazards during the holiday season. The fire department will be on stage Friday at 12:30 p.m., Saturday at 1:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

Jane Bowers of the Catawba County Humane Society will share information on keeping pets safe and healthy during the holiday season at noon Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday. Humane Society volunteers and pets will present a “Santa Paws” parade of pets after the presentation.

Vendors at the event will sell holiday decor, crafts, fashions, pet products, jewelry, gourmet food and more.

Want to go?
Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for adults 55 and older, free for children 12 and younger. Coupons for $1 off admission are available online at Tickets may be purchased at the door.