While the leaves may have left the trees and the majority of seasonal visitors may have drifted away with them, locals and die-hard fans of the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau find a sense of peace and childlike wonder in this very special and truly magical time of year. As we bustle about checking items off of our holiday shopping lists, darting from one holiday event to the next, and depleting the inventory in the local Christmas tree lots, we always remember to take the occasional pause to breathe in the crisp clean air and gaze out over the majestic panoramic views of the world below. We delight in those first few snowflakes, and never forget how truly blessed we are to live in one of the most beautiful places on Earth the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina. This holiday season, we hope you and each member of your family are feeling blessed, as well. Silver Creek Real Estate Group welcomes the chance to help you add to your list of blessings as we begin the search for the mountain home of your dreams. If you make it up to our little slice of Heaven this December, there are a number of terrific events planned throughout the month. We hope to see you up on the mountain during this delightful time of year!
Throughout the month of December: Giving Trees, a showcase of festive holiday trees decorated by local non-profit organizations, will be on view at The Bascom through January 3rd. All Giving Trees donations will benefit the participating non-profit organizations.
December 1, 8, & 15: Old Edwards Inn plays host to a Complimentary Culinary Demo from 3:30pm-4:30pm in either the Madison's Restaurant Lobby or the Old Edwards Inn Lobby. Call 828-787-2525 for more information.
December 1-10: Gingerbread House Competition at The Bascom - The public is invited to cast their ballots through December 9th from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Awards will be given at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 10th. The public is invited to the award presentation.
December 2: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts presents Gospel music's Grammy nominated and Dove Award winning quartet Ernie Haase & Signature Sounds at 7:30pm. Call 877-415-7315 for tickets.
December 2-4: The Christmas House benefiting the Village Green in Cashiers opening weekend. Come see the former Library Restaurant transformed by local designers and merchants, into a magical place for the whole family. This years house is sponsored by Silver Creek Real Estate Group. For additional information and hours, please call our office at (828) 743-1999.
December 3: Gilliam's Promise Holiday 5K takes place in Downtown Highlands. Race Day registration begins at 8:30am with race time at 9:30am. Gilliam's Promise 5K Entry Fees: Elementary/High School Students ($15 of race day) General Public ($25 race day). Long Sleeve Race T-shirts offered to the first 100 racers. Holiday costumes are encouraged; awards will be given for best dressed, as well as to overall top male/female. Awards will also be given to the first and second place finishers of each age group divisions in the male and female categories. 14 and under, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69,70-79,80+. Contact Dave Linn 828-421-7637 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
December 3: Historic Highlands hosts its Annual Olde Mountain Christmas Parade at 11:00 a.m. kicking off a full day of Family Fun!
December 3: Santa arrives at the Highlands Visitors Center immediately following the Christmas Parade (@ noon). He will be there again on December 10, 17, & 24 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for Christmas list requests and photo opportunities.
December 3: First Presbyterian Church in Highlands hosts its Tis the Season Alternative Gift Market at 11:45am, following the Christmas Parade. The festive shopping fun lasts into the afternoon in the Churchs Coleman Hall at 471 Main Street. Call 828-526-3175 for more information.
December 3, 10 & 17: Winter Wonderland at Drakes Diamond Gallery (154 S 2nd St) Come on in for some refreshments and a free souvenir mug. Call 828-526-2673 for more information.
December 3: First Presbyterian Church in Highlands presents a Carol Sing at 2 p.m. and Christmas Concert at 4 p.m. featuring the Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet from Western Carolina University.
December 4: Highlands United Methodist Church hosts the HUMC Children's Musical titled "None of Us Will Ever Be Quite the Same- The Story of Jesus' Birth at 10:50am during Sunday Morning Worship Service.
December 6-8: Old Edwards Inn & Spa hosts the Jeff Galloway Training Retreat - Two Night Package. Call 828-787-2625 for more information.
December 7: The Bascom presents a Holiday Centerpiece Demonstration from 10-11am. Call 828-526-4949 for more information.
December 9-11: The Christmas House benefiting the Village Green in Cashiers opening weekend. Come see the former Library Restaurant transformed by local designers and merchants, into a magical place for the whole family. This years house is sponsored by Silver Creek Real Estate Group. For additional information and hours, please call our office at (828) 743-1999.
December 9: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts presents Annie Moses Band Christmas Show at 7:30pm. An ensemble unlike any in America today showcasing a blend of fiddle, jazz, and classical influences fused with soaring, folk-inspired vocals to create a sound that is both refreshing and familiar. Call 877-415-7315 for tickets.
December 10: Cashiers Christmas Parade, a local favorite tradition, is an eclectic string of floats, music and a variety of marchers. At 1:00 p.m. the line of attractions travels from the south end of the Cashiers Main Street, Highway 107, to the Community Center.
December 10: Highlands United Methodist Church hosts Breakfast with Santa from 8:30am-10am. Suggested Donation is $10 per family. Call 828-526-3376 for more information.
December 10-11: The Highlands Community Christian Chorale will present their 17th Annual Christmas Concert at 5pm both evenings at Highlands United Methodist Church on Main Street. The Chorale will sing traditional carols, classical liturgical choral pieces and some lighter holiday fare. When: Saturday
December 10 & 17: Old Edwards Inn plays host to a Complimentary Wine Tasting in the Lobby from 2:30pm-4pm. Call 828-787-2525 for more information.
December 10: Drake's Diamond Gallery will hold a Reach Diamond Drawing. Call 828-526-5858 for more information.
December 13 &15: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts presents Disney's Aladdin both nights at 7:30pm. Welcome to Agra bah, city of enchantment and the home of Aladdin, Princess Jasmine and the evil Jafar. Based on the 1992 Disney animated feature, Aladdin sings and dances its way onto the stage all with the help of the big, blue Genie and three magical wishes. Call 877-415-7315 for tickets.
December 14: Highlands Biological Station hosts the 2011 Student Symposium from 3pm-5pm. Enjoy wine and delectable refreshments as students present their internship projects. The event will be held in the Bruce Biodiversity Lab (between the administration building and the Nature Center. Call 828-526-2602 for directions.
December 15: Come celebrate the holidays with the Highlands/Cashiers Players as they perform their annual Holiday Reading at the Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center (607 Chestnut Street in Highlands). The show begins at 7:30 p.m. and admission is free. For information call 828- 526-8084
December 6-18: The Christmas House benefiting the Village Green in Cashiers opening weekend. Come see the former Library Restaurant transformed by local designers and merchants, into a magical place for the whole family. This years house is sponsored by Silver Creek Real Estate Group. For additional information and hours, please call our office at (828) 743-1999.
December 16: The Audubon Society hosts its Annual Christmas Bird Count at 7:30pm. Admission is free. Call 828-526-2775 for more information.
December 16: Enjoy a sumptuous feast during the Wine Dinner with Hugh Acheson at The Barn at Old Edwards Inn. Meal prepared by Madisons culinary team from recipes pulled straight from the pages of Achesons cookbook. Wine Pairings from Chehalem Winery by Sommelier Curt Christiansen. Diners will receive a personal signed copy of A New Turn in the South." $160 per person, inclusive of wine and cookbook. For those who are not lucky enough to obtain a ticket, you can join Hugh for a cup of coffee and still get his autographed cookbook on Saturday, December 17th at Mountain Fresh Grocery.
December 17: Target date for the opening of the 2011/2012 Ski Season at Sapphire Valley Ski Area weather permitting!
December 17: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts presents Ricky Skaggs- a Skaggs Family Christmas at 7:30pm. If you expect to hear solid acoustic picking, striking vocals, and score of religious carols at this Skaggs Family Christmas concert, you will not be disappointed. Call 877-415-7315 for tickets.
December 17: Highlands Civic Center hosts La Noche Navidena from 6pm-9pm. Call 828-526-0890 ext.290/252 for more information.
December 18: Highlands United Methodist Church presents the HUMC Choir Cantata entitled "Holy Light" featuring music of N.C. Composer Robert Hobby. Familiar carols in instrumental arrangements with piano, organ, handbells, percussion, brass & quintet. Begins at 10:50am during Sunday morning worship service.
December 18: First Presbyterian Church of Highlands cordially invites you to a luncheon to raise funds for The Highlands Emergency Council's Fuel Program. Luncheon will be prepared by Joel Porter, and will be served from 12 to 1:30 p.m. Please make checks payable to the First Presbyterian Church designated for The Fuel Fund. Reservations would be appreciated and need to be made by Wednesday, December 14th. Call 828-526-3175.
December 23: Drakes Diamond Gallery in Highlands holds a Diamond Dare II Drawing at 12pm. Guests of the Gallery have been invited all month long to guess the number of candies for the chance to win a sparkly Santa surprise. Call 828-526-5858 for more information.
December 24: Christmas Eve
December 25: Merry Christmas from Your Friends at Silver Creek Real Estate Group!
December 25: Madison's Restaurant hosts Christmas at Old Edwards from 12pm-5pm. Cost is $65 per person. Call 828-787-2625 for more information.
December 25: Annual HANDS Christmas Dinner in the Hudson House at Highlands Country Club. Call 828-526-5102 for more information.
December 31: Happy New Year from the Silver Creek Team!
December 31: Ring in the New Year at Old Edwards Inn and Spa. The New Years Eve Celebration kicks off at 6pm and includes $130 Gala Dinner, Live Entertainment, Champagne Toast and "12 Grapes at Midnight". Call 828-787-2625 for more information.
December 31: The Rib Shack at Old Edwards Inn & Spa gives its own variation on a New Years Celebration from 9pm-2am. $20 advance tickets, $25 at the door. Call 828-787-2625.
December 31: Inn at Half Mile Farm hosts a New Year's Party Inn Style; including 7pm Dinner and 9pm party with Champagne Toast at midnight. Call 800-946-6822
December 31: Wolfgangs Restaurant & Wine Bistro hosts a special New Year's Eve Dinner. Call 828-526-3807 for more information.
December 31: Ruka's Table hosts a special New Year's Eve Dinner. Call 828-526-3636 for more details.
December 31: On the Verandah hosts a New Year's Bash. Dinner only 6:30pm-7:30pm. Late night seating beginning at 9pm with Dinner, Live Band and Dancing. Call 828-526-2338 for more information.