Now that the holiday season is here, a lot of kids and more than a few adults are taking stock of their lives and making adjustments.
Others are compiling lists of things needed and desired, the fruits of a year’s worth of good behavior.
Whichever camp they fall in, they’re counting the days until Santa Claus arrives at The Highlands Visitor Center.
Even in the hectic days leading up to Christmas, Santa manages to find time to sit and listen to his friends and Highlands has long been one of his favorite spots. According to insider accounts, the clean mountain air helps him maintain his unfailingly cheerful air, which makes Highlands one of the ideal spots to ask for an especially unlikely present or to appeal for clemency.
You’ll find the Jolly Old Guy at the Highlands Visitor Center on Main Street (next to the Main Street Inn) from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Friday, November 23rd, and Saturdays – November 24th, December 1st, 8th, and 15th. He’ll also be available by appointment on Saturday, December 22nd.
Mike Wilson of High Country Photo will be on hand to capture a cherished memory.
Santa will also be seen at the Town Tree Lighting, set for November 24th; and the Highlands Olde Mountain Christmas Parade, December 1st.
If you’re so inclined, you can bring a treat for Santa or his reindeer. But really, none of that is necessary. He packs on the snacks in those few hours before dawn on Christmas morning and the reindeer are confined to a high-carb sprinter’s diet in the weeks leading up to the Big Night.
If you have questions about Santa’s busy schedule or the events that mark Highlands’ Holiday Season – the Town Tree Lighting, the Olde Mountain Christmas Parade, the worship schedules of local churches – contact the Highlands Visitor Center at (828) 526-2112.