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Highlander Gallery in Brasstown North Carolina

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

Highlander Gallery is Open for Fall Festival Week...
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday10 am to 5 pm
10079 Old Highway 64 •  Brasstown NC
3/4 miles east of JC Campbell Folk School


Breakfast with the Elves at Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State ParkChimney Rock, North Carolina
Breakfast with the Elves
Chimney Rock
at Chimney Rock State Park
Saturday, Dec 14th
8 am -11 am

Join Mrs. Claus and Santa's elves for a magical Christmas breakfast at Old Rock Café before visiting Santa on the Chimney.

Your kiddos can order a variety of Christmas-themed breakfast items, enjoy holiday music, hot cocoa and write or draw their list for Santa.

Mrs. Claus will share her favorite Christmas story as a special treat at 10am and Santa's elves will be stopping by tables during the breakfast to chat with kids.

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Santa Down the Chimney at Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State ParkChimney Rock, North Carolina
Santa on the Chimney
Chimney Rock
at Chimney Rock State Park
Saturday, Dec 14th
11 am - 2 pm

There’s no way Santa could make it down so many chimneys without practice. What better place to prepare for his Christmas deliveries and stay in shape than on one of the world’s largest chimneys at Chimney Rock State Park? Make your list and bring it to Santa and Mrs. Claus, enjoy live holiday music, hot cocoa, cookies and kids’ activities, meet live Park animal educators and more.

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

Win a Free Climb with Santa's Elves! Each day, one lucky guest will win free two-hour rock climbing lessons for two with Santa's professional helpers, Fox Mountain Guides. Must be present to win the drawing

Use the link below to check the schedule of events for the day.

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Vogel State Park Tree LightingBlairsville, Georgia
Come out to celebrate the Holiday Season
at Vogel State park!
Saturday, December 14th
4 pm - 7 pm

Come out to celebrate the Holiday season at Vogel State park! Festivities will start at 4pm. Hayrides will begin carrying participants from the Visitor's Center to the ball field. Santa Claus will arrive at 5 pm.

Caroling will start at 5:30pm around the tree. Hot cider and hot chocolate will be available to all at no cost. Please bring a blanket and chair for seating.

The highlight of the evening will be at 6pm with the lighting of a 35-foot Blue Spruce. Please bring an unwrapped gift for a child up to the age of 12 (no toy guns, knives, or dangerous items).

All the toys will be given out by the Union County Sheriff's Department as part of the GIVE-A-GIFT toy drive.

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Andrews Christmas Christmas CelebrationAndrews, North Carolina
Magic on Main
Electric Christmas Parade
Downtown Andrews
Saturday ~ Dec 14, 2019 ~ 5:30

"Magic on Main Electric Christmas Parade" in downtown Andrews NC will take place on Saturday evening, Dec. 14, beginning around 5:30 p.m. Come out and take part in or watch with wonder during the second year of Andrews' bigger and better holiday spectacular.

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Blue Ridge, GA - BRMAA - The Art Center, Holiday Show & SaleBlue Ridge, Georgia
BRMAA - The Art Center
Holiday Show & Sale
Now through January 4th - Tuesday - Sunday

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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John C. Campbell Folk School Kid's Christmas PartyBrasstown North Carolina
John C. Campbell Folk School
Kid's Christmas Party
Saturday, December 21st
1:00 - 3:00

Each year John C. Campbell Folk School has a free event of kids, it is not just another Christmas event, this is a special mountain Christmas experience. A visit from Santa on a fire truck, plus games, music, dancing, story telling and refreshments.

This event is for kids of all age from Grandmas and Grandpas to Moms and Dads and down to the younger Kids as well. A wonderful family event...join us in the mountains.

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Mountain Country Christmas In Lights at Georgia Mtn FairgroundsHiawassee, Georgia
Mountain Country Christmas In Lights
at Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds
Every Thursday through Saturday
Through December 28th

Don't miss the Mountain Country Christmas in Lights. Enjoy Arts & Craft Vendors, Food and Entertainment throughout the event.

Show runs every Thursday, Friday and Saturday through December 28th.

$5 a person • Groups of 15 or more $4 ea • Children under 12 are free •  Live Nativity • Strolling Carolers

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Blue Ridge Parkway...from Cherokee to Asheville

One of the special wonders in these mountains is the Blue Ridge Parkway.  The Parkway begins or ends on the edge of the Shenandoah National Park in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia the Blue Ridge Parkway travels 469-miles southwestern along the high ridges and over the tall mountain peaks of the Blue Ridge Mountains ending or beginning at the southern gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

To get the most out of your scenic road trip the Highlander suggest starting out early and begin your journey from the town of Cherokee where the Blue Ridge Parkway officially ends at the southern entrance gateway into the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.

Read more...A day trip on the Blue Ridge Parkway...from Cherokee to Asheville


Cherohala Skyway Scenic Byway

Take a trip on the Cherohala Skyway Scenic Byway and it is mobile ready. The Cherohala Skyway's 36-miles of scenic mountain views rival any scenic byway in the eastern United States.  Mountaintops, waterfalls and waterways joined together with wildlife and giant trees, adorn this high country of eastern Tennessee and western North Carolina.  I was very impressed with Spirit Ridge Overlook with an elevation of 4,950-feet. This is by far the best handicap access location along the Cherohala Skyway.

The average trip over the Skyway takes 2 1/2-hours, if you just want to drive and view scenery.  I would recommend setting aside the best part of the day to enjoy some of the bigger than life features the Cherohala Skyway and Unicoi Mountain Wilderness have to offer.

Read more.. A day trip on the Cherohala Skyway Scenic Byway


The Highlander is celebrating 22 years on-line this year

Moving to these mountains in 1995, and seeing the wealth of healthy resources available to everyone led us to wanting to explore more That exploration led us to wanting to share that information. Having a history in marketing and publishing and the desire to publish a magazine about these mountains led us to research the Internet and its potential in 1995.

We started developing BlueRidgeHighlander.com in 1996, and launched it in 1997. Our next biggest challenge was to go around the mountains and explain to many what the Internet was and the value it had as a communication medium. Today 88.5% of the US population uses the Internet regularly.

The Highlander has been redesigned and re-programmed many times over the years. We are always looking into new ways to benefit our readers and sponsors, and are working on new benefits to add this coming season. We know you are going love the new additions and changes as we continue to grow out of the box.

We would love your input as to what you would like to have in the Highlander, after all, we are doing this for you, our readers, as a way to enjoy and plan your trips to the mountains.

Use this link to share your ideas of what you would like to see added to the Highlander. Continue to check out the progress, each week you will see something new...enjoy..

Mountain Country Christmas In Lights at Georgia Mtn Fairgrounds
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