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They came from as far away as Indiana and as close as within the Town of Highlands. They came from Atlanta, Anderson, S.C., Nashville, Tenn., and from all around Western North Carolina. Children brought their smiles and laughter, and especially their wish lists, to meet Santa Claus and begin that one month wait ‘til Christmas Eve.

Following the lighting of the tree in downtown Highlands on Saturday night, Santa and Mrs. Claus made their way to the Highlands Visitor Center to a specially constructed covered shed. Children lined up for the opportunity to sit on Santa’s lap and make their wishes known.

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Despite the threat of inclement weather, Macon County citizens lined the streets on Sunday for the annual Christmas parade. The theme for this year’s parade was “Candy Canes and Christmas Carols,” which allowed float designers to use a broad range of creative and fun ideas.

The parade, which started on Highlands Road before turing left onto Main Street, was full of excitement and fun for all ages. Complete with Christmas characters like Frosty the Snowman, the Grinch, Rudolph, and of course, Santa Claus, the parade filled the streets with music, laughter and candy.

 

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Santa Claus made a visit to Franklin last Saturday to visit with the children and hear what they wanted for Christmas.

They had cookies and candy canes and put their wants and wishes in a letter that was mailed in a special “Santa’s Mail Box” just outside of Franklin’s Town Hall.

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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.

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