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Christmas activities kick off the weekend after Thanksgiving

Historic downtown Franklin will welcome the holiday season with two weekends of family fun beginning the day after Thanksgiving. On Friday, Nov. 23, at 7 p.m., join the Town of Franklin for the annual tree lighting ceremony to officially kick-off the holiday season. The event will feature complimentary hot cider and cookies, music, great shopping, as well as a candlelight service sponsored by downtown merchants.


Mistletoe Magic Craft Show a holiday tradition

One of the best places to begin your Christmas shopping is at the Macon County Community Facilities Building Thanksgiving weekend Friday, Nov. 23 and Saturday, Nov. 24.

For many years Mistletoe Magic Art and Craft Show has been the go-to show for fine art and crafts and unique artisan pieces perfect for everyone on your list.


The 25th celebration of the ‘Hard Candy Christmas’ Arts & Crafts Show is set for Nov. 23-24 at the (WCU) Ramsey Center in Cullowhee, N.C.

Each year, more and more customers line up early to buy the original creations of more than 100 regional and local artisans in the big arena. Shoppers never fail to find that perfect gift from the dazzling display of heritage craft and contemporary art.

But how it came to be is an amazing story.


To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Where's Waldo franchise, Read2Me, The Western Mountain Reading Council, and the Fontana Regional Library hosted a special birthday party for children in the community.

Children were invited to visit with Read2Me Ralph, the therapy dog, and Waldo and his pal, Wenda.

While children participated in arts and crafts, story time, and even a Where's Waldo search through the library, parents were able to sit down for training on ways to “raise a reader.”


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