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Hot cider, cookies, great shopping, and a chance to meet Santa Claus drew a large crowd last Friday evening for the Town of Franklin’s annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on the square.

Main Street’s holiday centerpiece was brought to life with the help of five-year-old, Chase Rogers. Chase assisted Santa with the highest honor of the evening by plugging in the tree at the end of a crowd-led count down. Chase, the son of Sabrina and Dan Rogers of Franklin, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia and is currently in treatment. He spent nine months in UNC Chapel Hill last year and was just referred for treatment in Asheville, in August. Chase has three brothers and one sister and enjoys anything to do with Thomas the Train.


For the 28th year, the Dillsboro Festival of Lights & Luminaries illuminates this mountain village the first two weekends in December.

In an era of electronic gadgetry and LED lights, Dillsboro’s celebration is a throwback. Adapted from a Scandinavian custom of lighting the way for the Christ child, more than 2,500 candles in white bags line the streets.

This year’s dates are Dec. 2-3 and Dec. 9-10. In addition to luminaries on the streets, the town’s merchant “elves” trim their buildings, many of which date to the 1800s, in traditional white lights.


One of the most enjoyable ways to entertain family and friends during the first weekend in December will be to visit the 6th Annual Mistletoe Magic Holiday Art and Craft Show. The handmade products of 70 of the area’s most talented artisans will be featured along with strolling musicians and carolers, Appalachian Christmas Trees decorated by various organizations, Santa Claus, great food and more than 80 free hand crafted door prizes will be given away.

This festive event will be held in Franklin, at the Macon County Fair Building from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 2 & 3.


Historic Downtown Franklin will be transformed into a “Winter Wonderland” on Friday, Dec. 2, during the Town’s annual celebration of the holiday season. Activities are scheduled from 5 to 9 p.m. with plenty of holiday cheer for every member of the family.

This year’s schedule of events includes ice artist Ryan McCurdy from Asheville. McCurdy and crew will create a special slide made of ice for the young and young at heart to enjoy. There will also be a live demonstration of how ice sculptures are created as McCurdy and crew transform a large block of ice in to a work of art. Ice slide rides begin at 5 p.m. with the ice sculpting demonstration set for 7 p.m.


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