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.
Living Nativity, service in Canton
The 3rd Generation Barn Loft is sponsoring its eighth annual Living Nativity Scene from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday Dec. 7, just outside of Canton. A “Christmas Service in a Stable” will also be held at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8.
Torpy and Wirt Skinner are offering a handicap-accessible, short walk-through Nativity, which will include live animals and cast, plus music and scripture. Visitors may bring a non-perishable food item to place at the manger for The Community Kitchen.
The 3rd Generation Barn Loft is located at 84 Frank Mann Road, near Exit 33 on I-40. Turn toward Leicester on Newfound Road, then fork left onto N. Hominy Road. Take the first right to the big barn.
Christmas music, readings in Highlands
The Highlands Cashiers Community Players 18th annual program of readings and music “Christmas Around the World” will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, at the Highlands Performing Arts Center.
Participants will present first-hand accounts of experiencing Christmas in Australia, Brazil, China, Germany, Latvia, Mexico and Viet Nam. The history of Santa Claus and the United States’ own tradition of decorating for Christmas with poinsettias will be included.
The stories will be interspersed with music. Malinda Womack will provide a violin prelude. Guitarist Les Scott will give the history of “Silent Night,” and the original version sung in German. A new composition, “Merry Christmas to the World” by Betty Holt, will be sung by Vangie Rich and Wayne Coleman.
Refreshments will be served during the performance.
Hospital to host arts and crafts fair
The 4th annual “Community Arts & Craft Fair” will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, in the Health & Fitness Center at MedWest Haywood in Clyde.
The event will feature jewelry, pottery, wood working, Christmas decorations, soap, lotions, herbs and spices, hair accessories and more. This is an opportunity for the community to learn about local artists as well as the Health & Fitness Center.
828.452.8080 or www.medwesthealth.org.
• The Haywood County Chamber of Commerce “Holiday Cheer Party” will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 11, at Laurel Ridge Country Club in Waynesville. Live and silent auctions, chef stations and local craft beer. 828.456.3021.
• The annual “Breakfast with Santa” will be from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Canton Armory. Alongside an appearance by Santa will be a gingerbread house contest. $5 for adults, $3 for children, free for ages 4 and under. Proceeds benefit the Share The Warmth program. www.focusofcanton.com.
• The Madrigal Christmas Dinner will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at the A.K. Hinds University Center at Western Carolina University. $25. 828.227.7206 or www.wcu.edu.
• Art After Dark is scheduled for 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, in downtown Waynesville. Stroll through working studios and galleries on Main Street and Depot Street. Festive Art After Dark flags denote participating galleries. www.downtownwaynesville.com.
• The “Community Christmas Cheer Breakfast” will be from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at the First Presbyterian Church in Waynesville. Event includes pictures with Santa and Christmas carols.
• “Breakfast with Santa” will be from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at the First United Methodist Church in Waynesville. Free hearing and vision screenings, followed by a visit with Santa and pancake breakfast. 828.456.8995 (ext. 204).
• “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.
• The “Hometown Christmas Variety Show” will be at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at the Tuscola High School Auditorium. Doors open at 3 p.m. to shop for arts, crafts and baked goods. Proceeds go toward a mission trip. Event presented by the Cornerstone Fellowship Church. 828.452.1433.
• The “Children/Youth Christmas Play/Musical” will be at 6 p.m. Dec. 15, at the East Sylva Baptist Church. 828.586.2853.
• The “Winter Wonderland” will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 6 and 13 in downtown Franklin. Live music, holiday decorations, wagon rides and more. 828.524.2516 or www.franklin-chamber.com.
• “A Night Before Christmas” will be Saturday, Dec. 14, in downtown Waynesville. Businesses will stay open later for the last week before Christmas. Santa, luminaries, local musicians, storytellers and carolers will line the streets. Horse-drawn wagon rides will also be available. www.downtownwaynesville.com.
• The P.A.W.S. Benefit “Holiday Wine and Cake Tasting” will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 14 at The Cottage Craftsman in Bryson City. The benefit is to support P.A.W.S., which helps Swain County’s homeless dogs and cats. $5. 828.488.6207 or www.greatsmokies.com.
• “Breakfast with Santa” will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Dec. 14 at the Stecoah Valley Center in Robbinsville. $5. 828.497.3364 or www.stecoahvalleycenter.com.
• The “Toys for Tots Dance” with the High Mountain Squares will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Dec. 8, at the Macon County Community Building in Franklin. 828.332.0001 or www.franklin-chamber.com.