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  • Welcome to the Great Smoky 
    Mountains and Jackson County, North Carolina

  • 28th annual Hard Candy Christmas arts and crafts show is Nov. 27-28

    Mountain Artisans presents the 28th Annual "Hard Candy Christmas " arts & crafts show. It is located inside the Western Carolina University Ramsey Center in Cullowhee, N.C.

    This much anticipated event always comes the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving, held this year on Nov. 27-28, 2015. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., each day. Customers line up early for the first pick of original art and craft from the hands of 100 artisans. There is something for everyone and every budget.

    This little show, that started in 1987 with eight Macon County artisans, has ballooned into the largest Christmas gift market in Western North Carolina. In 2005, it moved to Jackson County to have room for  a bigger variety of exhibitors. There will be other heritage crafts  including  rag rugs, quilting, corn shuck  dolls  and dulcimer playing. Promoter Doris Hunter visits many shows each year to find the best  gourd birdhouses, folk dolls, and little log cabins. There is no show like it anywhere!

    Admission is $4.50 for adults and children under 12 are admitted for free. There is free convenient parking and concessions will be available. For more information, visit the website at www.mountainArtisans.net or e-mail Doris Hunter at djhunter@dnet.net.

  • 32nd annual Festival of Lights & Luminaires is Dec. 4, 5, 11 & 12 in Dillsboro

    Amid the shine and sparkle of luminaries and thousands of white lights, the streets and historic buildings of Dillsboro will be all aglow on the first Friday and Saturday of Dec., 4 & 5, and the second Friday and Saturday, 11 & 12, from 5-9 p.m. The merchants of Dillsboro look forward every year to the holidays where young and old, shop owners and the community alike, experience the charm of Christmas in their mountain town. 
    Inviting aromas slip from inside the open shops where you are provided free refreshments, music and voices raised in song, and have opportunities to purchase special selections for Christmas giving. Lavishing in the warm glow of the holiday evening, you can experience old-fashioned horse and buggy rides, and the real reason for the season in the middle of town with a live nativity scene at Jarrett Memorial Baptist Church. The church will open the Nativity at 6:30 p.m., and will also open the Fellowship Hall for a warm break from the cold where refreshments will be provided. 
    Children will love the Christmas atmosphere for they will find Rudolph and Santa’s elves strolling along the streets passing out candy canes,  and they can share their wants and wishes with Santa at Santa’s Workshop at Dillsboro’s Town Hall.
    Much more is happening during all four evenings of the Festival of Lights & Luminaires. The former Bradley's building will be open for entertainment, and Haywood Smokehouse will provide warm drinks for folks to enjoy and warm up while listening to the local musicians and singers. At Riverbend Frozen Delights, the talking bear, “Dills,” will entertain while festival goers enjoy winter ice cream. And at Nancy Tut’s Christmas Shop, Carmela Brooks will entertain inside with song and guitar.
    Dogwood Crafters will have music each night, plus “millions” of cookies! Inside the Dillsboro Chocolate Factory a bluegrass group will be performing favorite Christmas tunes all four nights. 
    The C.J. Harris Parlor at Riverwood Shops (located behind Oaks Gallery) will be open for the third year the four nights of Dillsboro’s Luminaries.  This year Bob and Susan Leveille will present a Scots-Irish theme with activities for children young and old. Hostesses will offer refreshments and hot cider, the reading of stories, decorating the live tree and other fun surprises for all. Across from Oaks Gallery, Karen Barnes at Riverwood Pottery invites you to stop by and visit with her.
    Special Events 
    Friday, Dec. 4—Western Carolina University and Southwestern Community College Night.  The university’s Pride of the Mountains “Purple Thunder” premier winter drum line will kick off the festival at 6 p.m.  On this first night, Dillsboro merchants will offer a 10 percent discount to WCU and SCC students, faculty, and staff who show their College ID card when making purchases.  WCU and SCC festival attendees also will be able to enter a drawing for a basket of merchandise and gift certificates donated by the merchants. WCU’s Early Music Ensemble, an a cappella style group will perform music from the Renaissance period, and WCU Athletics’ mascot Paws will be present as “Santa Paws.” 
    Beginning at the Jarrett House, SCC’s Spanish club will be caroling throughout the town in Spanish and English.
    Tunnel Mountain Crafts—Craig and Kim Neidlinger of “12th Fret” will entertain from 6-8 p.m.
    Friday and Saturday, Dec. 4 & 5—Set up in front of Dogwood Crafters will be a 4-H fundraiser silent auction for summer camp scholarships. The group will provide decorated wreaths where individuals are encouraged to bid on the wreaths over the two evenings of the Festival.  The wreaths will go to the highest bidders at 7:45 p.m., on Saturday, Dec. 5.  You do not need to be present to win. (For more information, contact Heather Gordon, 828-586-4009.)
    At Dogwood Crafters—Guitarist Ron Smith will entertain during both nights. At the old Bradley’s General Store— the featured group for Saturday, Dec. 5 is the Victory Baptist Church Choir.
    Friday, Dec. 11
    Open Invitation for Choir Night! Church groups are invited to sing Christmas Carols at various places in Dillsboro. Please contact Lisa Potts at 828-586-5391; or drop by in person at Venturo’s Bakery.
    At the Dillsboro Chocolate Factory—Smoky Mtn Ensemble Band will be playing in front of store from 6:30- 8:30 p.mAt the old Bradley’s General StoreSoloist Tammy Drinnon of Franklin will entertain.
    Saturday, Dec. 12
    The old Bradley’s General Store—Guitarist and singer John Morgan of Sylva will entertain intermittently with Faith Baptist Youth Group who will be singing with stick drama.
    Free parking and shuttle transportation for the event will be available at Monteith Park each night of the festival.
    Dillsboro is located in the Smoky Mountains of Western North Carolina at the intersection of US Highways 19/74 and 441. They're 45 minutes west of Asheville and just 20 minutes from Franklin, Cherokee and Bryson City. For more information, call the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce at 1-800-962-1911 or visit www.mountainlovers.com.
    To learn more about new happenings, go to www.facebook.com/DillsboroNC.

  • Located in the North Carolina Mountains and right in the midst of the Great Smoky Mountains, Jackson County is the ideal location for your next mountain getaway. Whatever it is you are looking for in your trip, we have it, from great accommodations, including cabin rentals, to wonderful activities, including rafting, hiking, fishing, golf, skiing, and camping. Jackson county creek

    Once you’ve found the right place to stay, whether it is a quaint Great Smoky Mountain cabin, or a friendly bed & breakfast, you will be ready to start you adventure in the North Carolina Mountains. If you enjoy fishing, the Tuckasegee River and many lakes and streams offer superb options, or you can take in the mountain scenery and wildlife on one of the area’s many hiking trails. Maybe you want to test your golf game and you can do just that on one of Jackson County’s many classic mountain golf courses. 

    Dillsboro LuminariesJourney back to the days of yesteryear as Dillsboro presents its annual Festival of Lights and Luminaries. Experience the magic as the entire town is transformed into a winter wonderland of lights, candles, laughter and song! 2500 luminaries light your way to shops and studios. Horse and buggy rides available each night from 5-8 pm (cost + tips). Shopkeepers provide live music and serve holiday treats with hot cider and cocoa. Carolers sing and children visit with Santa at Town Hall.

    When you plan your next mountain vacation to Jackson County and the Great Smoky Mountains, you will want to be sure that you select just the right accommodations for your visit. The options here in the North Carolina Mountains are certainly diverse and offer something for everyone and every budget. There’s so much just waiting for you to enjoy in North Carolina’s Great Smoky Mountains.


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