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.
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.
• The Polar Express train excursion is in motion through Dec. 29 at the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad train depot in Bryson City. Ticket prices begin at $40 for adults and $26 for children ages 2-12 years. Children 23 months and younger ride free. Crown Class ticket prices start at $50 for adults, $36 for children 2-12 years, and $10 for children 23 months and younger. 800.872.4681 or www.gsmr.com.
• An open house with caroling and eggnog will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12, at the Herren House in Waynesville. 828.452.7937 or www.herrenhouse.com.
• The “Winter Wonderland” will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 13, in downtown Franklin. The town transforms into an array of 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, cloggers and area church carolers will line the streets and buildings. Horse-drawn wagon rides will also be available. www.downtownwaynesville.com.
• With the theme “A Storybook Christmas,” the Cashiers Christmas Parade will be from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Village Green. www.cashiersareachamber.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 event supports 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. Photo opportunities will be available. $5. 828.497.3364 or www.stecoahvalleycenter.com.
• 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 auction, chef stations and local craft beer will all be available on-site. 828.456.3021.
• “Breakfast with Santa” will be from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Canton Armory. The event features Santa and a gingerbread house contest. $5 for adults, $3 for children, free for children age 4 and younger. Proceeds benefit the Share The Warmth program. Click www.focusofcanton.com for entry form and information.
• “Christmas On the Green” will run through Jan. 6 at the Village Green in Cashiers. Thousands of twinkling lights and mirthful decorations will fill the park. While strolling the park pathways near the crossroads in Cashiers, guests can enjoy a Festival of Trees. www.villagegreencashiersnc.com.