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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.


In commemoration of Nov. 11, 2011, (11-11-11) several members of Beta Sigma Phi gathered along with family and friends at the Rathskeller Coffee House in Franklin.

Although not planned, the number of ladies celebrating with Beta Sigma Phi members totaled 11! Cathy Edmonds, Beta Social Committee Chair, made pins for all in attendance.


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