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30th annual Hard Candy Christmas is Nov. 24-25 in Cullowhee
The annual Mountain Artisans Hard Candy Christmas will be held on Friday, Nov. 24-Saturday, Nov. 25 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
A mountain Christmas tradition, the Hard Candy Christmas event features authentic crafts from the hands of 100 regional artisans. Come see original art at great prices including the area's best potters, wood craftsmen, and master jewelers. The ornament collectors find Old World Santas, folk art dolls, and heirloom treasures. Heritage crafts include broom straw brooms, rag rugs and mountain honey wax candles. The tree farmer brings fresh wreaths with mountain greenery and vines. Tickets are $5 for adults, and children under 12 are admitted for free. Tickets available at show.
The show started in 1987, and the event has grown every year and now takes place at Western Carolina University’s Ramsey Center in Cullowhee, N.C. Visit www.mountainartisans.net for more information.
Dillsboro Lights and Luminaries Festival returns Dec. 1, 2, 8 & 9
The annual Dillsboro Lights and Luminaries festival will be the first two Fridays & Saturdays in December, which are Dec. 1 & 2 and Dec. 8 & 9, from 5 to 9 p.m., each night.
Come experience the magic as the entire town is transformed into a winter wonderland of lights, candles, laughter and song! 2,500 luminaries light your way to shops and studios. Horse and buggy rides are available each night. Shopkeepers provide live music and serve holiday treats with hot cider and cocoa. Carolers sing and children visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. There is a live Nativity at Jarrett Memorial Baptist Church and free shuttle service from Monteith Park.
For more information, call the Town of Dillsboro at 828-586-1439. Watch a video of the event HERE.
Sylva Christmas Parade is Saturday, Dec. 2
Sylva’s Christmas Parade is planned for Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017 at 3 p.m. The rain date is Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017 at 3 p.m. This year's theme is “Miracle on Main.” All participants must fill out an application to be part of the parade. An application is available by clicking HERE.
The parade will start from the Sylva Fire Department at 3 p.m. The lineup will begin at 1:30 p.m. Every entry will be required to be decorated in holiday fashion. We highly recommend decorating according to this year’s theme “Miracle on Main.” A prize will be awarded this year based on the theme. Floats will be judged at 2 p.m. the day of the parade. Judging will occur during line-up on Chipper Curve Road.
For more information, call the Town of Sylva at 828-586-2719.
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri film to be released in Nov.
The movie "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri," a film partially shot around the Sylva area during the summer of 2016, will be released in November to a worldwide audience. The Martin McDonagh film features such stars as Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, and Peter Dinklage. It has already received high praise and Oscar buzz at several international showings.
The film is set to initially open in limited large theaters in places like New York and Los Angeles on Nov. 10. The film will later premier in mid-larger cities from there, most likely coming to the Asheville area region by Nov. 22 and possibly in Sylva by Dec. 1. More details will be shared as they become available.
A private one-time screening of the film will be held at Quin Theater at 7 p.m. on Nov. 14 in Sylva. The screening is an advance showing of the regular release in the Asheville region on Nov. 22 and a full nationwide release Dec. 1. Advance screenings are typically invitation only. Local media will be distributed tickets to formulate giveaways. Look for more details soon from WRGC, The Sylva Herald, Crossroads Chronicle and Smoky Mountain News. There will be multiple chances to win a ticket. State, city and county officials, along with those who worked production on the movie, will be in attendance for this memorable experience. No tickets will be sold the night of the screening.
The public is invited to celebrate the nationwide release of the film with "The Sylva Red Carpet," a free photo opportunity event that will be held in downtown Sylva on Friday, Nov. 17, 2017. This is the weekend before the movie is released in theaters nationwide. Drop in anytime between 3-6 p.m., at Sassy Frass Consignment (the location used in the film for the Ebbing Police Department) to get your photo taken on the red carpet by paparazzi photographers! All participants will receive a movie passport booklet which will direct you to other downtown businesses where you'll get your passport stamped and have a chance to win some great prizes. After-parties are planned and festivities will continue throughout the evening at other downtown businesses. More details coming soon.
(Please note: This event is a red carpet photo event only (similar to "Santa Pictures"), the movie will NOT be shown at this family-friendly event.) Some photos may be selected for publication on Facebook and in local media. Optional 5"x7" photos will be available to purchase ($5 donation for the first print, $2.50 for each additional copy) and may be ordered at the event for pick-up at Livingston Photo the following week. All proceeds will benefit Main Street Sylva Association.
For more information, or to become a sponsor, contact Jason Kimenker at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.MainStreetSylva.org.
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.
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.
Journey 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.