SYLVA CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING
Friday, 6:30 p.m. at the steps of the Jackson County Public Library. Summer and Bray of Mountain Faith will provide holiday music.
HARD CANDY CHRISTMAS
The 32nd annual Hard Candy Christmas Arts and Crafts Show runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Ramsey Center on the Western Carolina University campus. The show features 100 local and regional artisans selling their handwork. For more information, visit the website www.mountainartisans.net.
Saturday, West Main Street, from noon to 5 p.m. Featuring food and crafts, there will also be a chance for photos with Santa from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Sundog Building, 702 W. Main St., and luminaries after dark on West Main and Mill streets.
Dec. 1, 3 p.m. on West Main Street. “Christmas Present and Past” will be this year’s theme.
Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” comes to the Hinds University Center on the WCU campus at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Tickets are $5 for Western students, $10 for staff/faculty, other students and seniors and $15 for general admission. For more information contact the Bardo Arts Center box office at 227-2479. Tickets are available online at bardoartscenter.wcu.edu.
The annual Holidays at the UC will be from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, and Thursday, Dec. 5. Activities such as taking a photo with Santa or holiday mini-golf start at $1, or there is the Ultimate Holiday Pass including all activities for $15. The funds raised will benefit Miracle at WCU, which supports Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals through fundraising activities. See the website dca.wcu.edu for more information.
The Sylva Garden Club is hosting a Christmas Tea and Crafts fundraiser from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at the First Presbyterian Church of Sylva. The suggested donation is $15 per ticket. Tickets are available from club members and at the door. Proceeds help fund club beautification projects.
The Innovation Station at Dillsboro, 40 Depot St., holds a holiday craft show from 2-7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14. Local artisans will set up indoors and sell art and handcrafted goods. There is a $40 booth rental, with all fees going to the Jackson County Department of Social Services to help provide gifts for children in foster care. For booth rental information email firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEW EVENT IN DILLSBORO
The inaugural Kris Kringle Mingle is set for Thursday, Dec. 5 at 5 p.m. at Dillsboro Town Hall, 42 Front St. There will be free apple cider and snacks, with the lighting of the Dillsboro Christmas Tree at Town Hall at 5:30 p.m., holiday music and the ribbon cutting celebration for the opening of Santa’s Parlor.
CHRISTMAS IN DILLSBORO
Two weekends of the Dillsboro Lights and Luminaries are coming up from 5-9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Dec. 6, 7, 13 and 14. The entire town will be bright as 2,500 luminaries light the way to shops and studios. Horse and buggy rides will be available each night. Shopkeepers will provide live music and serve holiday treats with hot cider and cocoa. Carolers will sing, and children can visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. There will be a live Nativity at Jarrett Memorial Baptist Church. Shuttle service from Monteith Park is free. The Appalachian Women’s Museum in Monteith Park will have decorated Christmas trees and luminaries from 6-8 p.m. all four nights.
SOUNDS OF THE SEASON
The annual “Sounds of the Season” concert will be presented by WCU’s School of Music at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, in the Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center. The family friendly concert concludes with a holiday sing-along and an appearance by Santa Claus. For tickets, call 227-2479 or go online to http://arts.wcu.edu/sos.