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Wednesday, 25 November 2015 00:00

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Christmas comes to Franklin

An array of Christmas and holiday festivities will take place Nov. 28-29 in Franklin.

The annual tree lighting “Winter Wonderland” ceremony and candlelight service will be at 7 p.m. Nov. 28 on the town square, with free cider, cookies, wagon rides and live music. The Christmas Parade will be 3 p.m. Nov. 29 in downtown.

828.524.3161 or www.franklin-chamber.com or www.holidaysinfranklin.com.


All aboard the wine and cheese train

The Rail Line Wine Experience “MacNeill Uncorked” will be held from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Nov. 28 at the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad in the Bryson City Train Depot. 

The event is a specialty train experience featuring wines selected by French Broad Vignerons to pair with your meal. Full service all-adult first class ride in the MacNeill car. A narrator will be onboard to discuss the six wines selected to accompany an exclusive sampling of local cheeses, a freshly made entree and a chef-selected dessert. All passengers receive souvenir stemless wine glass and tote bag. The Cottage Craftsman, located across from the depot will have all of the sampled wines available for purchase. Age 21 and over only.

Tickets are $109 per person.

www.gsmr.com or www.greatsmokies.com


Open call for WinterFest

Vendor applications are now being accepted for WinterFest Smoky Style. The event is set for Feb. 26-28 at the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds. 

The festival will feature an array of activities to do in the mountains during the winter, and will highlight a sled dog exhibition, mountain art/craft vendors, timber sports, outdoor sporting exhibits, K-9 and first responders, food and entertainment.

The weekend rental fee is $75 for applications received by Dec. 15, $100 thereafter. The nonprofit fee is $50. For vendors who require electrical service, the fee is $125. The fees cover a 10-foot by 10-foot grassy area. Vendors are required to bring their own tents, tables, chairs and other display materials.

For more information, contact Denise Seay via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

This event is sponsored in part by the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority.


Christmas spirit hits Bryson City

The Bryson City Spirit of Christmas celebration will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 28 at the corner of Mitchell and Everett Street. 

Join friends and neighbors for caroling from the train caboose to the town square for the town Christmas tree lighting ceremony. Afterward enjoy a Christmas concert on the square or stop by the visitor's center for hot cocoa and cookies, letter writing to Santa and a visit with St. Nick himself. In the true spirit of Christmas, bring a canned good to donate to the food pantry or a new unwrapped gift for the local toy drive. 



World Series of Poker returns to Harrah’s

The World Series of Poker will hold a circuit event Nov. 26-Dec. 7 at Harrah’s Cherokee.

The competition will include two seniors’ events, a ladies event and a main event with a $1 million guaranteed pot. Buy-ins range from $65 to $1,675 and all registration will take place at the event, which begins at noon Thursday, Nov. 26.

www.harrahscherokee.com or www.wsop.com. 



• A free wine tasting will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Nov. 28 and Dec. 5 at Bosu’s Wine Shop in Waynesville. There are also still seats available for the 23rd annual “Champagne Tasting Extravaganza” from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3. Tickets for the extravaganza are $40 per person. www.waynesvillewine.com or 828.452.0120.

• A “Yoga 101: De-stress for the Holidays” class will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, in the auditorium at the Waynesville Public Library. Signup required. 828.356.2507 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . 

• A Thanksgiving celebration of bingo, games and food will be Nov. 26 at The Cut Cocktail Lounge in Sylva. All welcome. 

• A Blue Plate Special fundraiser will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 25 at The Community Table in Sylva. Different specials are catered by different restaurants each month. $5 minimum donation, dine-in or carryout. 828.586.6782 to place your order. All proceeds benefit The Community Table’s mission to provide nutritious meals to our neighbors in need in a welcoming environment.

• A wine tasting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 25 and Dec. 2 at The Classic Wineseller in Waynesville. Free with dinner ($15 minimum). 828.452.6000.

• There will be a “Tasty Tuesday: Winter Seasonals” at 7 p.m. Dec. 1 and 8 at Mad Anthony’s Bottle Shop & Beer Garden. 

• The Canton Christmas Home Tour will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6. Tickets are $10, children under 12 are free. Tickets can be purchased at the Canton Museum or Polly’s Florist on Main Street in Canton or at any of the homes the day of the tour. The Canton Educational Foundation organizes the tour and the all the money made from the day goes toward the Miss Labor Day Scholarships. 828.400.0699.

• The “Community Christmas Cheer Breakfast” will be held from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, at the First Presbyterian Church. Family pictures with Santa, with Christmas music presented by the Tuscola Band Ensemble. Donations accepted. 828.456.3243 or 828.926.1421.

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