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Photo by Vickie CarpenterJackie Downs rides the cherry picker to hang the snowflake lights on poles around Franklin. Wreaths and bows have gone up downtown and the tree will go up later this week in time for the tree lighting ceremony on the square in downtown Franklin on Friday.

Also see the holiday calendar of events in our pull-out Christmas Gift Guide in the center of this week's issue.



Calendar of area Christmas events


The Dillsboro Festival of Lights and Luminaries is held the first two weekends in December with horse and buggy rides, live music, hot cider, holiday treats and more.Thursday, November 22

A free, community Thanksgiving Dinner will be hosted by First Presbyterian Church, 26 Church Street, Franklin, on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22, from 12 to 2 p.m., in Tartan Hall. Turkey, dressing, and all the trimmings. Takeout dinners for shut-ins are available, and limited transportation can be provided. Anyone needing transportation or take-outs may call (828)524-3119 for reservations. Volunteers are needed and donations accepted.

Friday, November 23

Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony and Candlelight Service, Friday, Nov 23, at 7 p.m. in Downtown Franklin. Thanksgiving weekend on the Square in Downtown Franklin. Free cider, cookies and music.

Seventh Annual Smoky Mountain Mistletoe Magic Art & Craft Show, Nov. 23 and 24, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Macon County Community Building, 441S. For information contact Laurie This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (828)371-0595.

Saturday, Nov. 24

Cookies with Santa, Saturday, Nov. 24, at Town Hall in Downtown Franklin. Little ones can enjoy cookies with Santa in the lower level of Town Hall. Be sure to bring your camera. For more information go to

Seventh Annual Smoky Mountain Mistletoe Magic Art & Craft Show, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Macon County Community Building, 441S. For information contact Laurie This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (828)371-0595.

Sunday, November 25

Franklin's Annual Christmas Parade, "A Country Christmas" Sunday, Nov. 25, at 3 p.m. in Downtown Franklin.

Saturday, December 1

The Arts Council presents free art for creative kids with ARTSaturday Holiday Crafts and Music, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Old Cowee School gym, Highway 28N. Make and take holiday decorations; music by Lionel Caynon and refreshments. Sponsored by the Suminski Family. For more, visit

Friday, December 7

Winter Wonderland - Franklin's Holiday Festival. Historic downtown Franklin will be changed into a Winter Wonderland. The event will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Live music, Santa Claus, wagon rides. For more information go to

Christmas Memories: Postcards from the USO with the Overlook Theatre Company, Dec 7 - 9, Friday and Saturday 7:30 p.m.; Sunday 2:30 p.m. at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts. Take a trip back in time to a Christmas celebration World War II style as the USO brings music, Hollywood Stars and comedy across the Atlantic to honor and cheer soldiers during the holiday season. Taken from actual USO shows of the period. For additional information and tickets contact (828)524-1598 or visit

Thursday, December 13

Community Christmas Celebration, Thursday, Dec. 13, at 7 p.m. at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts. Join friends and family as the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts rings out the sounds of the season with this old-fashioned Christmas carol sing-a-long. For additional information contact (828)524-1598 or visit

Friday, December 14

Jim Brickman: On a Winter's Night, Friday, Dec. 14, at 7:30 p.m. at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts. Two-time Grammy-nominated, platinumselling pianist and songwriter, Jim Brickman brings his engaging stage presence blended seamlessly with the mood and music to touch the heart in a special way and let fans’ imaginations take them to another place. His live performances strike the perfect balance between emotional, musical intimacy, compelling storytelling and audience interaction. For tickets and information contact (828)524-1598 or visit

December 15 & 16

Cartoogechaye Baptist Church is presenting a Live “Drive-thru” Christmas Nativity Dec. 15 & 16 from 6 to 9 p.m. The church is located at 465 W. Old Murphy Road, Franklin.

Friday, December 21 Dailey & Vincent: A Bluegrass Christmas, Friday, Dec. 21, at 7:30 p.m. at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts. For tickets and information contact (828)524-1598 or visit


Saturday, November 24

Christmas Tree Lighting, Saturday, Nov. 24, Downtown Highlands. The annual downtown Christmas Tree Lighting events include a visit from Santa, carol singalong, and refreshments.

Saturday, December 1

Olde Mountain Christmas Parade, Saturday, Dec. 1, in Downtown Highlands beginning at 11 a.m.

Thursday, December 13

Share an intimate evening with the Highlands- Cashiers Players as they present their traditional annual reading at 7:30 p.m. at the Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center on Chestnut Street. Revisit the warmth of past Holiday Memories as presented in a series of readings set to music performed by local musicians. For more information contact Vangie Rich at (828) 526-3915 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

The Sylva Christmas Parade is Saturday, Dec. 1, at 2 p.m.Jackson County

Friday, November 23

Mountain Artisans presents Hard Candy Christmas Art and Craft Show on Nov. 23 and 24 at the Western Carolina University Ramsey Center in Cullowhee. For more information, call (828)524-3405 or visit

Saturday, December 1

The Sylva Christmas Parade will be held on Saturday, Dec. 1, beginning at 2 p.m. Pictures with Santa will be from noon until 2 p.m. at City Lights Cafe. For more information, call the Sylva Town Hall at (828)586-2719.

Sunday, December 2

School of Music Holiday Concert Sunday, Dec. 2. Holiday music performed by the WCU Wind Ensemble, Choral Ensembles, faculty and student ensembles, along with special guests from the Jackson County Public Schools. Proceeds go to scholarships for music students. For more information contact School of Music (828)227-7242.

Thursday, December 6

Ballet Conservatory of Asheville's The Nutcracker, a holiday classic, dances to WCU, Thursday, Dec. 6. Clara's adventurous ballet dream features a strapping battle between toy soldiers and a mouse militia, enchanted dancing sweets and a spectacular growing Christmas tree amid on-stage snow flurries. A cast of nearly 100 showcases Ballet Conservatory's beautiful corps de ballet. Tickets on sale at the Bardo Arts Center Box Office. Call (828)227-2479.

December 7, 8, 14, 15

Journey back to the days of yesteryear as Dillsboro presents its annual Festival of Lights and Luminaries, from 5 to 9 p.m. Experience the magic as the entire town is transformed into a winter wonderland of lights, candles, laughter and song. 2500 luminaries light your way to shops and studios. Horse and buggy rides available each night. Shopkeepers provide live music and serve holiday treats with hot cider and cocoa. Carolers sing and children visit with Santa at Town Hall. Visit www.visit

Sunday, December 9

Adult Choir Christmas Musical, “Silent Night, Holy Night” will be held at East Sylva Baptist during the 11 a.m. worship service.

Sunday, December 16

The 2012 Children/Youth Christmas Play/Musical “The First Leon” will be presented Sunday, Dec. 16, at 6 p.m. at East Sylva Baptist.

Wednesday, December 19

East Sylva Baptist Candlelight Service at 7 p.m.

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