December Weekend Events: Ho Ho Ho, It’s Off to the Holiday Happenings We Go! 12/03-05

This year has seemed to just fly by, literally! I am excited that it is the Christmas Holiday Season, and I am much more ready for it this year! Christmas is such a beautiful time of reflecting when my Savior Jesus Christ was born and all that we have because of His birth.

Yes, we have fun decorating, watching all of the cartoons, shopping, wrapping gifts, going to parties and having them too, oh and of course singing the fun songs of Christmas. But, really it all comes down to God’s son, Jesus Christ , son of Joseph and Mary, born in a manger, sent to save the world. That is the true reason we even have Christmas!

As the month goes on, let’s remember this and give love and laughter freely out of our hearts.  There are many activities that will be going on until the end of the year with untold opportunities to show kindness and smiles. Who knows? It might just change someone’s life!

So let’s say a big “Ho Ho Ho, It’s Off to the Holiday Happenings We Go! Merry Christmas everyone!

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This Friday evening, Dec. 3rd, take in “CAROLING NIGHT”, as area Church Choirs will lead singing between 6 & 8 pm at the Boone Mall. Sponsored by Bethlehem and Beyond, a ministry led by Three Forks Baptist Association, enjoy Old-Fashioned Carolers bringing back the favorites between Panera and Old Navy.

Then on Saturday, Dec. 4th,  make it out to the Ashe Arts Center, where you can take in a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus from 8:30 – 10:30 am during their Holiday Open House. Activities will include Photos with Santa, storytelling with Mrs. Claus in her kitchen, Arts and Crafts, and each child will receive a Christmas book and holiday gift bag. Reservations are encouraged, as space is limited. Admission is $2 per child. For more info and reservations, call 336-846-ARTS.

You won’t want to miss the annual Watauga Education Foundation Flapjack Flip, this Saturday, Dec. 4th, from 8 – 11 am at the new Watauga High School (see Sarah’s previous story). Only $5 per person, this event will feature music by WCS students, the Boone Service League’s Holiday Market, and a visit from Santa. The Watauga County school with the most students at the breakfast will win a 310-pound box of supplies. For more info call the foundation at 828-268-1273.

More info on the annual Boone Service League Holiday Market, it will be open from 8 am – 3 pm  at Watauga High School. This event will be held in conjunction with the Watauga Education Foundation’s Flapjack Flip. Offering a variety of goods including Skin Care Products, Stationery, Baked Goods, Pottery,Jewelry, Crafts and Items for the home, come out for some unique Christmas Shopping. For more info call 828-264-9955 or email

Here’s an Arts and Crafts Show and Sale, hosted by the Beech Mountain Community Club on Saturday, Dec. 4th, from 10am – 4pm at the old Beech Mountain School on Flat Springs Road. Go on and show some community support and find great deals for your Holiday Shopping! For more info call 423-768-2261.

Be sure you are there for The Great Train Robbery Grand Reopening and Holiday Gift Fair this Saturday, Dec. 4th, located at 2120 Tynecastle Highway in Banner Elk, from 10am – 7pm. Stop in and enjoy Music, Food, Fun and Unique Art and Holiday Gifts. For more info call 828-898-8645.

Don’t forget the Christmas in the Valle Events , starting this Saturday, Dec. 4th and every weekend through Friday, Dec, 24th, hosted by the original Mast General Store in Valle Crucis.  Also, this Sat., Kids up to 12 will have a free Make-and-Take Craft Activity from 11am to 1pm, as well as, local author Francie Hall reading and autographing her book, Appalachian ABCs, during this same time.  Each weekend guests are invited to bring a warm scarf, mittens, or toboggan to donate to the Share the Warmth campaign. More events will follow, including visits with Santa, food tastings, and more. For more info call the Mast Store at 828-963-6511.

It’s the Holiday Bazaar in Linville, hosted by The Avery Arts Council this Saturday, Dec. 4th, from 12 noon to 5pm, on the grounds of the Arts Council’s Linville Gallery, located behind the Old Hampton Store on Ruffin Street. Local artisans and craftspeople will sell handmade items at the Bazaar, and visitors can also enjoy Fresh Sweets and Savories made by volunteers at the Old Hampton Store kitchen, Holiday Lights, Seasonal Music, Hot Chocolate and Hot Mulled Cider. For more info call 828-733-0054.

Last, let’s not forget about the annual Watauga Humane Society’s Santa Paws, where you can have a 5X7 photo of your pet with Santa Claus this Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 4th & 5th, from 1 – 4pm at the Little Red Schoolhouse at the Mast General Store in Valle Crucis. Prints are $10 each and $5 for each additional print. For more info call 828-264-1053 or click to

Have a wonderful and safe weekend!

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  1. There is a Christmas ballet happening tonight (December 3) and tomorrow (12/4) at Harvest House/Living Water (in Boone, between the bowling alley and Goodwill). It is called Immanuel: THE PROMISE and it is a community dance ensemble led by Rebecca Miller. It is a beautiful performance full of dancers ranging from toddler to adults. Admission is FREE but a love offering will be taken to help the group cover the cost of renting the facility.