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Check out the Highlander Gallery for Christmas Gifts of Creativity...
Wednesday - Saturday 10 am to 5 pm Highlander Gallery in Brasstown North Carolina

Trip Advisor Quote...Finest Gallery within hundreds of miles...


Santa Down the Chimney at Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State ParkChimney Rock, North Carolina
Santa on the Chimney
Saturday, Dec 3rd & Dec 10th
11 am - 2 pm


How is Santa able to climb down millions of chimneys around the world in a single night? He practices, of course. Witness Santa's daring stunt as he practices on one of the world's largest chimneys with multiple 200-foot rappels! Meet Santa and Mrs. Claus, enjoy live holiday music, hot cocoa, cookies and kids' activities, meet live Park animal educators and more. Sponsored by Coffee on the Rocks in Chimney Rock Village.

This rappelling Santa was recently named one of the "Strangest Places to See St. Nick" by Yahoo Travel and has been named one of the "8 Most Extreme Santas in the World" by Buzzfeed.

Check out the Highlander's editorial on Santa on the Chimney.

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Chimney Rock Family Animal EncountersBrasstown North Carolina
John C. Campbell Folk School
Fireside Sale
Sunday, December 4th


Shop for one-of-a-kind gifts in our beautifully decorated Keith House and Davidson Hall (next to the Craft Shop). Craftspeople will offer handmade items such as jewelry, weaving, forged iron, photography, quilts and turned wood.

Plan to spend the afternoon with us! Enjoy homemade refreshments such as sweet and savory scones, cookies, and gourmet coffee from the Brasstown Morris Dancers and Cherokee County Arts Council. Watch the Brasstown Dance teams' performance at 3 pm, outside of Keith House.

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Kris Kringle Market in BlairsvilleBlairsville, Georgia
Kris Kringle Market
at the Farmer's Market
Saturday - December 3rd • 10am to 8pm


Enjoy a visit to the European Outdoor Holiday Market right here in the North Georgia Mountains! Music, children's area. More than 75 vendors with produce, arts/crafts, delicious food creations.

Friday night, enjoy the warmth of a community huddled around the bonfire and roast free marshmallows and create your smore.

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Christmas Parade around the Square in Blairsville • Saturday 4 pm


The Art Center Holiday Show & SaleBlue Ridge, Georgia
Holiday Show at the Art Center
Entire Month of December
Tuesday - Sunday • 10am to 6pm


Come shop for that perfect creative and unique holiday gift. We will have hundreds of items for sale, all made from one of our artists. So whether its jewelry, pottery, painting or anything in between, we have what you need to get your holiday shopping done. Gift Certificates are available.

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Georgia Mountain Fair Mountain ChristmasHiawassee, Georgia
Mountain Country Christmas In Lights
at Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds
Through - January 1st
Every Thursday - Sunday


Don't miss the Mountain Country Christmas In Lights. Enjoy Caroling, Arts & Crafts, Food and Entertainment throughout the event. Show runs every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from Thanksgiving Night to New Year's Day.

Special Music & Performances

December 3 - Christmas Celebration! It's all about Jesus 6:00PM
December 9 - Mt. Zion Baptist Church 7:00PM
December 16 - Michael Weaver FCHS Chorus, Sandy Schubert Voices of Hope & His Kids Ensemble, Connie Davis 6:00PM

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Blue Ridge Community Theater Presents - the BenchBlue Ridge, Georgia
The Bench: A Christmas Story
at Blue Ridge Community Theater
Starts Friday November 25th
November 25th through December 11th


Two men, one older, one younger, sit on a bench during the Christmas shopping season, waiting for their wives. As they get to know each other, Christmas happens around them; the Mall players present a five minute version of "A Christmas Carol," a homeless man tells a bizarre tale, then sings "O Holy Night," A Jewish woman, a greeter at the department store, recites a portion of "A Child's Chanukah's in Pittsburgh", and one of the men turns out to be not quite who we think he is.

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Phase I of the "new" Blue Ridge Highlander...

The Highlander has been on-line for over 18 years, and has been redesigned and re-programmed many times over the years.  This update was the most challenging to date, due to the advanced technology of our times. 

Due to the shear volume of valuable information that the Highlander contains, this new update has been in the making for a while.  We have a lot of it completed and are anticipating having the entire "Phase I" completed by the end of January.

We would love your input as to the improvements as well as any suggestions as to what you would like to see in Phase II.

Continue to check out the progress, each week you will see something new...enjoy...

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