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‘Ghost of Christmas Past’ in Franklin

A special holiday presentation of the “The Ghosts of Christmas Past Tour” created by Gregg and Pauletta Clark will be held at 7 p.m. Dec. 18-19 at the Macon County Historical Museum in Franklin.

Guests can expect new stories, surprises, hot chocolate, cookies and some ghostly visits along the way from some of Franklin’s storied characters of the past.

Cost is $20 for adults, $15 for children ages 6-16.

Explorer’s Club looks at world’s winter holidays

The Explorer’s Club will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, at the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva. 

The topic will be the various winter holidays celebrated around the world. Explorer’s Club is intended for all ages, with a special emphasis on cultural learning for children. Families are encouraged to come and join in the fun. Each Explorer’s Club will feature special guests, snacks, and crafts that all are pertinent to the theme. 

This event is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Jackson County Public Library. This program is free of charge and no sign-up is required. 

828.586.2016 or

Sylva holiday cookie exchange, auction

A Christmas cookie exchange and silent auction will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, at First United Methodist Church in Sylva.

During the event, Christmas stories for the young and the young at heart will be told in front of a warm fire in the Asbury Room. Santa will also pay a special visit. Refreshments will be served throughout the afternoon. Those who wish to participate in the cookie exchange should bring five dozen cookies to trade with others. Each participant will take home five dozen assorted cookies to be enjoyed over the holidays.  

A silent auction with handcrafted and heirloom items will also be featured. Proceeds from the silent auction, as well as gifts received in the donation box, will be given to United Christian Ministries of Sylva.


Celebrate Christmas at SMCPA

The production “Once Upon A Christmas: A December Prayer” will be held at 7 p.m. Dec. 19-20 at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts.

The event is a musical celebration of song, dance and story which brings to life many of the traditions of the joyous holiday season.  Presented by Betsy’s School of Dance and the Overlook Theatre Company, tickets are $10.

SMCPA will also be showing a handful of holiday films. “Miracle on 34th Street” will be at 4 p.m. Dec. 21, “Elf” at 7 p.m. Dec. 22 and “The Polar Express” at 7 p.m. Dec. 23. Tickets are $5 or 828.524.1598.


• The Cherokee Lights and Legends Christmas will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. through Jan. 3 at the Cherokee Indian Fair Grounds. Interactive displays of Cherokee legends, ice skating, carnival rides, and more. An Elvis impersonator will perform at 7 p.m. Dec. 20 and 31. Tickets for the celebration are $5 for adults, $3 for children ages 6-12 and free for children under age 5.

• A wine tasting will take place from 2 to 5 p.m. Dec. 20 at Papou’s Wine Shop and Bar in Sylva. Additional savings on the tasting wines will also be available. 828.586.6300.

• Christmas in the Park will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19, at the Rec Park in Cullowhee. Enjoy lit scenes and decorations in the park. Visit with Santa and bring your Christmas list. Fire pit will be available for roasting marshmallows. Hot chocolate, marshmallows and coffee will be for sale for $1. 828.293.3053 or

• An Ugly Christmas Sweater Party will be held from 6 to 11 p.m. Dec. 18 at Innovation Brewing in Sylva. Beer specials and live jazz by the Kittle/Collings Duo.

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