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The Dillsboro Festival of Lights & Luminaries will illuminate this mountain village the first two Fridays and Saturdays in December.

Dillsboro’s 29th annual celebration sets the town aglow Dec. 7-8 and Dec. 14-15 with more than 2,500 candles in white bags lining the streets. The luminaries are adapted from an old Scandinavian tradition.


The Jackson County Public Library will host a free Christmas Concert with awardwinning Sylva bluegrass and gospel band Mountain Faith in the Community Room on Saturday, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided.

Mountain Faith will offer up their usual mix of firecracker bluegrass picking and sweet, harmonic gospel tunes. Some Christmas favorites will also be mixed into their repertoire. Mountain Faith is a local band, based in Sylva, largely made up of family members.


The Jackson County Public Library will host a free concert featuring the gospel group Children of Zion on Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m. in the Community Room.

Children of Zion is a local group of musicians and singers. Their style varies from Southern Gospel to Contemporary Gospel to Appalachian Ballads. The core group formed in 2004 and, at the moment they are an all female group.

Children of Zion consists of: Pat Sluder on keyboards, Becky Harwood on bass, Sharon Dills on the fiddle, Betty Brown on guitar and vocals, Terri Hollifield with vocals, and Stephanie Bryson also with vocals.




Elementary school-age children and their families are invited to Holiday ARTSaturday, the Arts Council’s free monthly crafts and music workshop, on Saturday Dec. 1, 10 a.m. to noon, in the old Cowee Elementary School gym. The Arts Council provides all materials for make-and-take projects including evergreen swags, paper poinsettias and garlands, holiday collage cards, decorated Christmas cookies, painted bisque ornaments and more, along with caroling to live music by keyboardist Lionel Caynon, and refreshments. No pre-registration required; children should wear play clothes and come for any part of the session. Adults stay with their children.


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