Kicking off Christmas in Cashiers
Photos by Nick Breedlove

Put your thinking cap on (yes, the one with elf ears and sparkles) and consider how you can participate in the 43rd annual Cashiers Area Christmas Parade, sponsored by the Cashiers Area Chamber of Commerce. It’s held Saturday, December 9, at noon, but the parade entry deadline is Friday, December 1, at 3:00 P.M.

The theme is “Silver and Gold Bells: It’s Christmas Time in the Village.” In celebration of The Village Green’s 25th anniversary and the Cashiers Glenville Volunteer Fire Department’s 50th anniversary, you’re encouraged to feature the silver and gold theme in your entry this year.

Having trouble thinking of something? No problem. The are several creative volunteers standing by to help you brainstorm ideas, just get in touch with the Chamber. When it comes to how to dress and decorate for the parade, theme or holiday adornment is required, so it’s time to pull out those reindeer hats and all your red and green (and gold and silver) if you plan to  join in the fun.

If you want to sit back and watch the fun, the parade route starts at Cashiers School Road near Cornucopia Restaurant. It then travels north on Highway 107 to the Crossroads, where Parade Emcees will announce participants via the amplification system. The parade then turns left and continues on Highway 64 West ending at the Community Center on Frank Allen Road, for the traditional Cashiers Cares free lunch and photos with Santa!

If you’ve never experienced the village parade, you’re in for a treat. You can expect lots of dogs, lots of children, and lots of wild and wacky vehicles, but all of them will stay true to this year’s theme of silver and gold. It’s always a treat to see how the parade entries manage to follow the guidelines.

For more information on this year’s Cashiers Area Christmas Parade, Saturday, December 9, contact Eli Ramirez at (828) 743-5191 or at info@CashiersAreaChamber.com.