Skyline Lodge at Christmas
Skyline Lodge Celebrates the Holidays

Skyline Lodge in Highlands NC celebrates Christmas.

The Scaly Screamer
Highlands NC

Letters to Santa at Kelsey-Hutchinson Founder's Park

Neither a global pandemic nor their occasional random acts of naughtiness will prevent Santa from hearing the wishes of his dedicated followers.

Ice, Ice, Baby
Highlands NC

Highlands Ice Rink is open at Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders Park. (Note to Olympic Hopefuls: The Beijing Winter Olympics debut in two months, so

Jubilant Illumination
Highlands NC

Decked out in jubilant illumination, Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders Park sets the stage for a joyous Holiday Season.

Trim our Town
Highlands NC

Trim Our Town is an ardent way to bring the Jolly to downtown Highlands.


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Must-See Performances

Visit the Met Opera in New York City and the National Theatre of London via satellite this month.   The National Theatre of London offers “The Deep Blue Sea” at 1:00 P.M. Saturday, December 3.  Helen McCrory returns to the National Theatre in Terence Rattigan’s devastating masterpiece, playing one of the greatest female roles in contemporary drama.  Tom Burke also stars …

HCP Holiday Reading

It wouldn’t seem like the holidays without the Highlands Cashiers Players’ annual Holiday Reading.  This 20th incarnation of this free event will be held at 7:00 P.M. Thursday, December 15, at the Highlands Performing Arts Center on Chestnut Street.  As HCP’s way of saying thank you to the community, they bring to the stage readings and holiday music certain to …

From the Court to the Stage

Music sneaked up on Peyton Howell, a quiet, reserved sports-minded young girl. “Other than taking piano lessons for a couple of years as a kid, I never showed much interest in music — all I wanted to do was shoot basketball and throw a football,” she says. Then Fate strode in.  In fourth grade, to keep her baseball-player brother from losing …

Highlands Playhouse

The stage lights have dimmed on one of Highlands Playhouse’s most exciting seasons, but don’t think that they’re resting on their laurels. No way. They are currently putting the finishing touches on the 2017 lineup of plays. Everything is not finalized, but here’s a sneak peak of what 2017 may bring. Join your friends at the KitKat Club where “Cabaret” …

Chamber Music at Its Best

The Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival continues its work securing the brightest, most talented, lovely ladies of the chamber music world for our 2017 season.  Our Artistic Director, William Ransom, says he loves his job! Festival favorites The Eroica Trio will open our concert season on June 30 and be joined by Kate Ransom and Yinzi Kong.  Two incredible pianists, Julie …

Capturing Nature’s Essence

Cynthia Strain, of Mill Creek Gallery & Framing in Highlands, is an avid environmentalist and birder who has brought her passion to photography.  Strain opened the gallery where she sells her landscape and wildlife images in 2004. Her artistic talents were first expressed through the use of pastels when she lived in Arizona. Even though she sold many of her …

Kids Make a Joyful Noise

Thanks to a generous grant from Bel Canto to the Gordon Center for Children, local youngsters will stage a Christmas Concert as the Highlands-Cashiers Children’s Choir.   The public is invited to enjoy “Come to the Manger” by Lynn Shaw Bailey and Becki Slagle Mayo at 10:50 A.M. Sunday, December 4, at Highlands United Methodist Church. The children will repeat …

Costa Rica Yoga Retreat

Mary Abranyi of Cashiers Valley Fusion and Ashby Underwood of Yoga Highlands are hosting a winter yoga retreat in Costa Rica, January 28 through February 2.  It’s already full. However, due to the popularity of the event, Abranyi and Underwood are planning to offer future retreats and invite you to let them know of your interest. Why a yoga retreat? …

Let Joy Ring

You’ll know that Christmas is just around the corner when you listen to the holiday concert by The Mountain Top Ringers, Highlands United Methodist Church’s handbell choir. The Mountain Top Ringers will present “Ring Christmas Bells” at 10:50 A.M. Sunday, December 11.  This will include a selection of sacred Advent/Christmas songs from the concert repertoire.  They will perform their entire …

Founder’s Park Skating Rink

If you want to make some outstanding winter memories, pay a visit to the ice skating rink at the Kelsey-Hutchinson Founder’s Park in downtown Highlands.  The rink opened at the end of November and will remain open through March 5. Since its inauguration last winter, the area surrounding the rink has seen a great deal of improvement.  Nick Bazan of …

Breakfast with the Big Guy

A sure sign that the Christmas season is upon us is the sight of children racing into the Fellowship Hall of Highlands United Methodist Church at 9:00 A.M. Saturday, December 10, for Breakfast with Santa.   Be sure to bring your camera.  The Fellowship Hall will be decorated to the nines with trees, lights, and festive ornaments.  Last year some kids …

Fun, Food, and Funds

After the Highlands Christmas parade, Saturday, December 3, make time to stop by the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation for A Food Pantries Christmas.   From noon until 3:00 P.M. you can purchase a delicious barbeque lunch for $10 while listening to The Well Strung Band’s upbeat blend of bluegrass and contemporary music.  A Food Pantries Christmas is a cooperative …