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​​Vicinitus Haywood

Canton’s Kickoff to Christmas Mon, Dec 2, 6- 8 pm Kickoff Christmas in the Colonial Theatre/Annex on Park St featuring performances from the Legacy Dance Studio groups, free cookies, hot chocolate and a special visit from Santa and Mrs. Santa. Partnering with the “Back Pack Program,” donations accepted.
Town of Canton Tree Lighting Ceremony Thurs, Dec 5, 5 pm. Sorrells Park.

Town of Canton Christmas Parade Thurs, Dec 5, 6 pm. A beautiful night parade through historic downtown Canton, themed “No place like Home for Christmas.” Parade begins at Advance Auto on Blackwell Dr and ends at The Coastal Lamp Factory on Main St.  For more information call 235-2760.
Waynesville Christmas Tree Lighting Fri, Dec 6, 6 pm. Downtown Waynesville Christmas Tree Lighting with Caroling, Hot Chocolate & Memories  196 S Main St, Waynesville (Oak Park Inn)

Carolina Christmas Show Fri, Dec 6, 7:30 pm Live music, dance, and comedy in a family-friendly, Broadway-style show. Colonial Theater, 53 Park St, Canton.

Season of Light Sat, Dec 7, 5 - 8 pm Pigeon Community Multicultural Development Center, Waynesville

15th Annual Christmas Worship in a Stable Sat, Dec 7, 5:30 pm. In a historic barn with Mary and Joseph, donkey and sheep. Special music. Dress warmly and casually. Free. Bring a non-perishable food item for The Community Kitchen to place at the Manger. 84 Frank Mann Rd, Canton. Exit 33 off I-40, 3/4-mile, fork left onto N Hominy Rd; first right. 828-648-4094.

Old-Fashioned Appalachian Christmas and Grand Illumination Sun, Dec 8, 5 pm Victorian Christmas Traditions, Santa, Caroling at the Shelton House, 49 Shelton Dr, Waynesville

The Shelton House Tinsel Trail Dec 8 – Jan 2, Nightly until 9 pm Christmas tree display in a beautiful park setting, free to the public.

Holiday Cheer Dec 12, 6 - 8 pm. The Haywood County Chamber of Commerce Holiday celebration at Laurel Ridge Country Club. Tickets at

Waynesville Christmas Parade  Mon, Dec 9, 6 pm. “Candy Cane Christmas” theme of illuminated parade on Main St in Waynesville.

Handel's Messiah Fri, Dec 13, 7:30 pm. Featuring a local choir and orchestra at Stuart Auditorium, Lake Junaluska. Tickets: 800-222-4930

Holly Jolly Christmas Dec 14, 15, 21, 22 KIDS AT HART celebrates the holidays in a festive musical review.  Priced for families: Adults $15, Kids $7HART Theatre, Waynesville., 828-456-6322

Wreaths Across America Sat, Dec 14, 10 am. Wreath laying ceremony for veterans at Green Hill Cemetery, Waynesville.

A Night Before Christmas Sat, Dec 14, 6-9 pm. Luminaries lining the sidewalks, carolers, live music, Santa and old fashioned wagon rides. Stroll through Bethlehem as First Baptist Church re-creates a live nativity and bustling first century marketplace. Shops and restaurants open.

Appalachian Christmas Craft Show Sat, Dec 14, 9 am - 4 pm. At the Harrell Center, Lake Junaluska.

Summer Brooke & Mountain Faith Band Sat, Dec 14, 2 pm. The Sounds of Christmas at Stuart Auditorium, Lake Junaluska. Tickets: 800-222-4930

Lake Junaluska Singers in Concert Sat, Dec 14, 7:30 pm. Stuart Auditorium, Lake Junaluska. Tickets: 800-222-4930

Appalachian Christmas Worship Service Sun, Dec 15, 9:30 am. Historic Memorial Chapel, Lake Junaluska.

Merry Christmas to All! December 25

Darren Nicholson's Uptown Downhome New Year's Eve Tues, Dec 31, TBD Folkmoot More info next month.

Maggie’s First Night 2020 Tues, Dec 31, Community-funded and supported family friendly event at Market Square in Maggie Valley. Bounce house, DJ, dancing, games, food vendors Fireworks at 11pm. Ball drop at midnight. To sponsor call (828) 356-5403.