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Hard Candy Christmas show is Nov. 28-29

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The 27th annual Hard Candy Christmas Arts and Crafts Show will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 28, and Saturday, Nov. 29, at the Ramsey Regional Activity Center on the campus of Western Carolina University.

More than 100 fine artists and master crafters will offer a wide assortment of heritage and contemporary items, including pottery, woodcrafts, jewelry, folk art, glass art, specialty sweets and breads, heirloom ornaments and miniatures, and fresh mountain greenery.

The Hard Candy Christmas show recalls simpler times, when the holidays were celebrated with an apple, an orange and a piece of hard candy in the stocking, and many gifts were handmade. From its 1987 beginning, Hard Candy has grown into Western North Carolina’s largest Christmas arts and crafts show, held each year on the weekend following Thanksgiving.

Admission is $4, with children 12 and younger admitted free.  For a complete list of exhibitors, visit www.mountainartisans.net. For more information, call 828-524-3405 or e-mail djhunter@dnet.net.


31st annual Dillsboro Lights and Luminaries returns four nights in December

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The 31st annual Dillsboro Lights and Luminaries event is planned Friday and Saturday, Dec. 5-6 and Dec. 12-13. 

 

There will be free refreshments and entertainment, horse-drawn carriage rides, unique holiday shopping and visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

 

College night will be held on Friday, Dec. 5, kicking off with the WCU Holiday Dancers at 5:30 p.m. There will also be a free paint-your-own ornaments program at Claymates (while supplies last.) 

 

All four nights of the event, there will be a live Nativity scene at Jarrett Memorial Baptist Church. There will be free parking and shuttle transportation from Monteith Park.

 

Come experience the spirit and splendor as the historic village of Dillsboro is aglow with more than 2,500 candles.

 

For more information, go to www.visitdillsboro.org or visit them on Facebook at 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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