On the streetWritten by Admin
Christmas in Cashiers
“Christmas On the Green” will run Nov. 29 through Jan. 6 at the Village Green in Cashiers.
This year the park will be brighter than ever with thousands of twinkling lights and mirthful decorations that will bring cheer to residents and visitors. While strolling the park pathways near the crossroads in Cashiers, guests can enjoy a Festival of Trees decorated by local merchants and area organizations.
With a visit by Santa and Mrs. Claus, children of all ages can share their Christmas wishes with them from noon until 3 p.m. Nov. 29, at the gazebo. Warm drinks and tasty treats will also be available. Later that evening, from 6 to 7 p.m., will be the Cashiers Christmas Tree Lighting in The Village Green, where visitors can enjoy holiday music and “S’Mores and More” around the fire pit before the switch is flipped to light the 60-foot spruce tree.
The Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society will also bring the H.E.A.R.T. for a “Stop and Adopt” during that time.
The Polar Express returns to Bryson City
Take a holiday adventure with the Polar Express through Dec. 29 at the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad train depot in Bryson City.
In 1985, Chris Van Allsburg wrote The Polar Express, a story of a magical train ride on Christmas Eve. The train takes a young boy to the North Pole to receive a special gift from Santa Claus.
The one-hour roundtrip excursion comes to life as the train leaves the Bryson City station for a quiet journey through the wilderness to an exciting visit at the North Pole. Set to the motion picture soundtrack, guests on board will enjoy warm cocoa and a treat, while listening and reading along with the magical story.
Santa will board the train, greet each child and present them with a special gift as in the story, their own silver sleigh bell.
Ticket prices begin at $40 for adults and $26 for children ages 2-12 years. Children 23 months and under ride free. Crown Class ticket prices start at $50 for adults, $36 for children 2-12 years, $10 for 23 months and under. Prices vary for Christmas Eve Limited train.
800.872.4681 or www.gsmr.com.
Healing and Wellness Coalition potluck
The Cherokee Healing and Wellness Coalition is sponsoring a Snow Moon (Usgiwi) celebration and potluck lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, at the Cherokee Youth Center.
The event will honor retired Cherokee educators for their years of service and the legend of the Red Cedar Tree will be shared. Attendees are asked to bring a traditional Cherokee food dish for the potluck lunch along with a beverage.
Such dishes may be made with wild berries or grapes, persimmons, field apricots, corn, beans, squash, mushrooms, wild greens, ramps, potatoes and succotash. Traditional breads are made with chestnuts, beans, sweet potatoes, flour corn and hominy. Possible meats are bear, deer, fish, raccoon, turkey, squirrel, rabbit or wild game birds. Nuts are hickory nuts, hazelnuts, walnuts and butternuts.
The Cherokee Healing and Wellness Coalition is committed to enhancing the lives of people by honoring and reclaiming the seven Cherokee core values, especially in the promotion of clean, wholesome, healthy life styles. The seven core values are: spirituality, harmony, education, sense of place, honoring the past, strong character, and sense of humor.
828.421.9855 or 828.554.6222.
• “Christmas On the Green” will run through Jan. 6 at the Village Green in Cashiers. The park will be brighter than ever with thousands of twinkling lights and mirthful decorations. While strolling the park pathways, guests can enjoy a Festival of Trees. www.villagegreencashiersnc.com.
• Storyteller Donald Davis will spin his tales at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18, in the sanctuary of First United Methodist Church in Waynesville. www.fumc-waynesville.com.
• The Polar Express train excursion continues its journey to the North Pole through Dec. 29 at the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad train depot in Bryson City. Ticket prices begin at $40 for adults and $26 for children ages 2-12 years. Children 23 months and under ride free. Crown Class ticket prices start at $50 for adults, $36 for children 2-12 years, $10 for 23 months and under. 800.872.4681 or www.gsmr.com.
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