Christmas decorations and exhibits now on display at the Lucas Mansion

Posted at 6:08 PM on Dec 17, 2017


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During the month of December, the Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center is pleased to present an annual holiday experience designed to delight visitors of all ages. The Center's "Christmas at the Lucas Mansion" decorations and special exhibits are inspired by the theme, "All That Glitters," and are now open to the public.

Housed within the historic James Paul Lucas Mansion, a three-story Victorian/Edwardian era home, the Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center is located at 316 Hiddenite Church Road in Alexander County.

The Center is open Monday - Friday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Self-guided tours of decorations and exhibits in the second floor Gallery and the third floor doll and toy collections are free for all visitors to enjoy.

Guided tours of the Museum decorations are priced at $4 each for adults and $3 each for senior adults and students. For larger group tours of the Museum, please call (828) 632-6966 to plan your visit.

Each of the Lucas Mansion’s three floors features special holiday treats. The first floor Museum rooms showcase a glittering view of turn of the 20th century life as each room is specially decorated to tell its own story of the season. Whether glittering stars, glistening snow, or golden splendor, the Museum celebrates “All That Glitters.”

The Lucas Mansion Gallery, located on the second floor of the mansion, offers an exhibit by regional artists who have been invited to submit works inspired by the Center’s glittering theme. Invitations to participate were extended to artists in five surrounding counties, drawing from artists who have exhibited with the Center over the years. This multi-media exhibition, on display until January 2, 2018, will delight visitors with unique interpretations of “All That Glitters.”

The holiday magic continues on the third floor of the Center’s Lucas Mansion as visitors enter “Santa’s Glitter Factory,” where festive packages, shimmering ornaments, colorful lights and trees compliment the Center’s permanent exhibit of antique dolls and toys. These festive decorations will delight the young and the young at heart.

The Center's gift shop features new holiday additions for the gift giving season, including handcrafted, unique, and one-of-a-kind artistic items. Gift shop sales will benefit local artists, crafters, and the Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center.

When planning your visit, note that the Center will be closed December 23-26 and December 30-Jan. 1.

This project was supported by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources.

Learn More

To learn more about the Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center call (828) 632-6966, email or visit

About the Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center

Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center events, exhibits, and programs are made possible in part through the generous funding of Alexander County government, the Town of Taylorsville, the Eileen and R. Y. Sharpe Family Foundation, The Winston Salem Foundation, Duke Energy, the Catawba Valley Community Foundation, and the Friends of the Center membership program. The Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center’s Lucas Mansion and Educational Complex are wheelchair accessible.

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