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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Come to the Manger

Christmas is for children. We all know that.  This year all of us on the Plateau will experience a special treat.  Bel Canto has made a grant to the Gordon Center for Children to start an ecumenical children’s choir. The Highlands/Cashiers Children’s Choir will be under the direction of Les Scott, minister of music at Highlands United Methodist Church, but …

Breakfast With Santa

A sure sign that the Christmas season is upon us is watching children run, skip, and hop as they head into the Fellowship Hall of the Highlands United Methodist Church for Breakfast with Santa.  At 9:00 A.M. Saturday, December 10, kids will enjoy a hearty breakfast while they wait their turn to talk to Santa.  Be sure to bring your camera.  …

Hands Christmas Dinner

HANDS stands for Highlands Area Non-Profit Donation Sharing and is 501 (c)(3) organization founded and run by a dedicated group of community volunteers. It was created in 2001 to keep the spirit of giving alive. Last year, the torch was passed from Ricky Siegel to Laura Huerta, owner of Lakeside Restaurant. HANDS sponsors the annual Christmas Day Dinner and all …

A Food Pantries Christmas

It’s the time of year when we wonder what to get that person who has everything. You don’t want to give them yet another present they won’t use, but you want to give them something, right? Here ’s your answer – A Food Pantries Christmas in Highlands.  This cooperative effort supports both the Highlands Emergency Council’s food pantry and The …

A Merry March

Get your friends, your family, your civic group, or business together and join the fun of the 42nd Annual Cashiers Christmas Parade, this year sponsored by Hattler Properties.  It’s easy to become a part of this hometown tradition. The parade is scheduled for Saturday, December 10 at noon (rain date Sunday, December 11 at 1:00 P.M.) and features over 75 …

Photos with Santa

The most wonderful time of the year – Christmas in Highlands – is fast approaching. Highlands is especially nice during the holiday season. The crowds are gone, the weather is cool, but not bitterly so, and the relaxed pace gives people time enough to breathe and enjoy the season. Residents and visitors alike take these pre-holiday moments to reflect and …

A Highlands Skate of Mind!

The weekend after Thanksgiving is a big one in Highlands.  The tree lighting, caroling, and decorations really make it feel like a Norman Rockwell painting!  Can ’t you just see it?  The rosy cheeks, mittens, and hot chocolate?  If you’re having a bit of trouble imagining such a wholesome picture, go no further than the Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders Park on Saturday, November …

Tree Lighting at The Park

Thanksgiving, the sweetest of holidays when families gather together to give thanks and count their blessings. Good food, laughter and good times make this holiday special.   Family time, that what it’s all about and Highlands’ own Christmas Tree Lighting caps the Thanksgiving weekend on a joyful note.  When the turkey is a pleasant memory, the football games have been watched …

Join the Parade!

Highlands’ much loved and highly anticipated annual Christmas Parade will be held on Saturday, December 3, at 11:00 A.M.   Main Street will be lined with folks young and old eagerly awaiting the wide array of creative floats and participants who work so hard to make each year’s parade a rousing success. The Olde Moujntain Christmas Parade boasts a level of …

A Green Christmas

The Village Green will add some sparkle to your holidays on Friday, November 25, with the fifth annual Christmas On the Green Celebration.   “After a day of feasting and early morning shopping, make your spirits merry and bright with a visit to The Village Green,” says Ann Self, Executive Director. An afternoon and evening of fun with family and friends …

Get Booked

Ask any librarian or bookstore owner and they will tell you, “People love to read!”   The public’s book passion is so great that National Book Lovers Day has been assigned to a number of dates, among them August 9 and the first Saturday of November.  It doesn’t matter which day we celebrate, for what could be more absorbing, educational, …

Kooky Chickens Come Back

Those Kooky Chickens by Karen and Tim Chambers of Highlands will be coming back to the 29th Annual Hard Candy Christmas Arts & Crafts Show, Friday and Saturday, November 25 and 26, in the Western Carolina University Ramsey Center in Cullowhee, North Carolina. These creations are really gourds, turned into folk art by the skillful hands of the Chambers.  They …