HIDDENITE — On Thursday, Dec. 6, the Hiddenite Arts and Heritage Center will host its annual Christmas at the Lucas Mansion Holiday Open House. The event is located at 316 Hiddenite Church Road and will be held from 6-8 p.m.
The historic Victorian/Edwardian era home will be filled with lights, sights and sounds of the season set in this year’s theme, “All Aboard the Holiday Express.” Inspired by the popular holiday train book and movie, each room of the Lucas Mansion Museum will be decorated as part of the train’s journey to the North Pole, inspiring all to believe in the magic of the season.
Guests will experience special guided tours of the decorations in the center’s museum, heavy hors d’ oeuvres, live music, holiday shopping, festivities and fellowship.
Current dues-paying members of the center’s friends program are admitted free of charge. General admission is only $25 each for the public, which includes a one-year friends membership for an individual. Guests are welcome to pay at the door on the evening of the open house or may pay by credit card over the phone by calling 828-632-6966. Benefits of a Friends of the Center membership include discounts on classes, gift shop discounts, and free museum tours throughout the year.
“All Aboard the Holiday Express” magic continues on the second and third floor of the center’s Lucas Mansion. In the Lucas Mansion Gallery on the second floor, guests will find holiday themed exhibits, including paintings by Stephen Shoemaker.
The third floor of the Lucas Mansion will be transformed into the Holiday Express’ destination — the North Pole and Santa’s Workshop. Festive packages, wreaths, shimmering ornaments, colorful lights and trees will complement the center’s permanent exhibit of antique dolls and toys, delighting the young and the young at heart.
Open house visitors will get the first opportunity to shop new holiday additions to the Lucas Mansion gift shop, featuring handcrafted, unique and one-of-a-kind artistic gifts. Gift shop sales will benefit local artists, crafters and the Hiddenite Arts and Heritage Center.
Following the friends open house, the center’s “All Aboard the Holiday Express” decorations and exhibits will be open to the public beginning Friday, Dec. 7. The Lucas Mansion’s regular hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.