With the arrival of December to the mountains of Western North Carolina often comes a slew of Christmas traditionalists on the hunt for this years perfect Christmas tree. Cars topped with carefully strapped Fraser Firs pass through the festively adorned Crossroads on their way home as shoppers scurry past from one unique shop to the next the village of Cashiers appearing like something from a classic Norman Rockwell scene. Add to that the possibility of a light dusting of snow, and the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau becomes a popular spot for visitors particularly for nearby Atlantans who rarely get to catch more than a glimpse of the white stuff. Sneak a peek at the following list of events and happenings in the village of Cashiers and the towns of Highlands, Sapphire, Glenville and Lake Toxaway for even more reasons to climb the mountains in search of holiday spirit in December. Weve got plenty to go around!
December 1-10: Gingerbread House Creation Display and Popular Vote at The Bascom 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost: FREE. The public is invited to cast their votes on imaginative gingerbread designs submitted to The Bascom. The winners will be announced at 10 am on Saturday, December 10.
December 1-24:Highlands Christmas at the Inn at Half Mile Farm The Inn has partnered with many of the quaint shops in town to offer special shopping discounts to their guests. Call 1-800-946-6822 for more information.
December 4:Highlands Olde Mountain Christmas Parade in Downtown Highlands begins at 11:00 a.m. For more information, call 828-526-2112.
December 4:Winter Wonderland at Wolfgang's Wine and Bistro in Highlands. Immediately following the Olde Mountain Christmas Parade, from 1 to 3 p.m., Wolfgangs invites you to wander through their Winter Wonderland as they bring suggestions to your holiday parties from Ty-Lyn Plantation, The Christmas Tree, Cyrano's Bookshop and of course Wolfgang's Restaurant and Wine Bistro. For more details please call 828-526-3807.
December 4:Santa Claus Arrives at the Highlands Visitor Center immediately following the Highlands Olde Mountain Christmas Parade. For more information please call828-526-2112.
December 4-18: A Stitch in Time Quilts Exhibition at The Bascom begins a terrific opportunity to examine quilts on loan from local collectors and appreciate functional objects as works of art.Cost FREE! Open to view 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays thru Saturdays in December. For more information, please call 828.526.4949 x 100.
December 4:Tis the Season Highlands Alternative Gift Market at the Presbyterian Church in Highlands from 11:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information please call 828-526-2754.
December 4, 11, 18:Winter Wonderland at The Galleries 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is FREE. For more information please call 828-526-2673.
December 8:Create a Holiday Wreath Workshop at The Bascom 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Students will create a 12-inch boxwood wreath embellished with native color.Cost: $20.00 members/$25.00 non-members (materials included). For information or to register, call 828.526.4949.
December 8:Wreath Seminar by Oakleaf Flower and Garden with Lunch at Madison's hosted by the Old Edwards Inn from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Cost: $70. For more information please call 828-526-8008.
December 9:Chocolate Making & Gingerbread House Decorating in the Main Lobby of Old Edwards Inn from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
December 9:Highlands-Cashiers Players Holiday Reading at the Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. For More Details please call 828-526-8084.
December 10 & 11:Grand Holiday Wine Tasting at Paoletti's Restaurant in Highlands at 1:00 p.m. $20 per person, refundable with wine purchase. For more information, please call 828-526-4906.
December 10: Gingerbread Pig Ornament Decorating at the Rib Shack in Highlands from 3 to 5 p.m. Cookies and Milk will be provided for the children. For more details, call 828-526-8008.
December 11:36th Annual Christmas Parade in the historic village of Cashiers from 1 to 3 p.m. For more information, call 828-743-5191.
December 11:Community Christmas Chorale at 4 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Highlands.
December 11:Complimentary Wine Tasting in Madisons Lobby in Highlands from 2:30 to 4 p.m.
December 11:Ceramic Ornaments Workshop at the Bascoms Studio Barn from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for children and adults. Student's will make up to a baker's dozen ornaments by rolling out clay, cutting out seasonal shapes or symbols, then carving and embossing the surface to personalize their ornaments. Family activity, children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. $25 Bascom members/$30 non-members (materials and firings included). For information, call 828-526-4949.
December 11: La Noche Navidena at the Highlands Civic Center from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. A Christmas Holiday Dinner and Santa Visit. Admission is free. For more information call 828-526-0890 ext. 290/252
December 11, 18:Santa Claus at the Highlands Visitor Center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For More information please call 828-526-2112.
December 11, 18:Christmas Crafts Around the World Workshop at The Bascom from 10 am to noon. Young aspiring artisits will learn about other cultures and make crafts that can hang on the tree or be given as gifts. Each class will cover the art and culture of two different countries. To register or for more information call 828.526.4949, ext. 100.
December 12:Community Christmas Chorale at 5 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Highlands. Reception following concert.
December 15 & 16:Comfort Living with Guests at the Old Edwards Inn with Christine Eisner and Debbie Maugans Nakos includes Garden Walk, Small Batch Baking, Samples and Book Signing from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.. For more information please call 828-526-8008.
December 17:Opening Day at the Sapphire Valley Ski Slopes. For more information and an updated snow report, call 828-743-1162.
December 17 & 18: Grand Holiday Wine Tasting at Paoletti's Restaurant in Highlands at 1:00 p.m. $20 per person, refundable with wine purchase. For more information, please call 828-526-4906.
December 17:Christmas Bird Count with the Highlands Plateau Audubon Society beginning at 7:30 a.m. Call Brock Hutchins at 770-486-3715 to volunteer.
December 17:Gingerbread Pig Ornament Decorating at the Rib Shack in Highlands from 3 to 5 p.m. Cookies and Milk will be provided for the children. For more details, call 828-526-8008.
December 19: Highlands Community Bible Church hosts "The Stories of Christmas" - an evening of music, drama, and dance celebrating the stories that make Christmas a season of wonder and inspiration. 6:30 p.m. Carol Singing; 7:00 p.m. Production. For more information, call 828-526-4685.
December 24:Highlands Community Bible Church hosts Christmas Eve Service at 5:00 p.m. Traditional and contemporary candle lighting service celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. For more information, call 828-526-4685.
December 25:Annual Christmas Dinner at the Hudson House at Highlands Country Club from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Approximately 95% of the proceeds will be distributed to 3 local non-profits. Cost: Adults $35; Children $25. For more information or to make reservations, please call 828-526-4464.
December 25:Christmas at Old Edwards Inn hosted at Madisons from 12 to 5 p.m. Cost: $65 Plus Tax and Gratuity. Live Piano Music n Hummingbird from 11:00 to 3:00 p.m. For more information please call 828-526-8008.
December 31:New Year's Eve Celebration at Old Edwards Inn hosted at Madison's. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres in Hummingbird from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. Dinner from 6:00 to 9:30 p.m. Evening features live entertainment, a champagne toast at midnight, and "12 Grapes at Midnight" for guests. For more information please call 828-526-8008.
December 31:New Years Eve Dinner at Wolfgangs Wine & Bistro. For more information, call 828-526-3807.
December 31:New Years Eve Party Inn Style at The Inn at Half Mile Farm featuring a special New Year's dinner at 7:00 pm. exquisite wines, perfectly paired with each course. The party starts at 9:00 pm with a champagne toast at midnight! Call 1-800-946-6822 to reserve a room. New Year's Packages (2-night's accommodations, dinner for 2, and the party) start at just $615.00 per couple! (Plus tax)