Stroll the streets of Dillsboro in the holiday spirit for the annual Lights and Luminaries Festival. The 36th annual Festival of Lights and Luminaries returns the first and second Fridays and Saturdays of December, which are Dec. 6 & 7 and 13 & 14 from 5-9 p.m.
here will be over 2,500 white lights adorning the historic buildings, and the flickering flames of luminaries softening the shadows of the streets. Excitement will abound as the merchants of Dillsboro open their doors to visitors. Each night shops will stay open late providing free refreshments like hot chocolate and cider. Visitors will enjoy musicians
and singers performing holiday carols in individual shops. Enjoy old-fashioned horse and buggy rides (weather permitting). Children can share their wishes with Santa and Mrs. Claus at Santa’s Workshop or snap a picture with Rudolph and Santa’s elves, who are walking throughout the town. With retail shops offering a variety of arts
Photo by Kelly Donaldson/Jackson County Chamber of Commerce
and crafts, antiques, jewelry and specialty Christmas items, the festival provides a unique holiday shopping experience. Friday, Dec. 6, is Western Carolina University and Southwestern Community College Night. Students and faculty are invited to enjoy special discounts (with ID) Free parking and shuttle transportation for the event will be available at Monteith Park each night of the festival. While at Monteith Park, take time to tour the Appalachian Women’s Museum
before or after your shuttle ride. All Dillsboro restaurants will be open, so come for an early family meal. Jarrett Memorial Church will be open to the public and will serve as a drop off point for canned items that will be given to local charitable organizations. Dillsboro is located in the Smoky Mountains of Western North Carolina at the intersection of US Hwys. 19/74 and 441. For more information, visit www.visitdillsboro.org.
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