December Weekend Events: Jingle All The Way Into The Christmas Season! 12/10-12

Wow, has this been a week of Wonderful Wintery Weather or what??? We love the snow, so we were ok with it all, but I know it can be difficult for others. However, one can easily become dissatisfied with any season.

I just want to be able to sit back and relax, enjoying the beautiful God-given weather that we have. I guess I have the philosophy of, “If you are given Lemons, make Lemonade!”

So if it is snowing, let’s make the best of it, change our plans if we have to, get into the spirit of the season! It’s all in our perspective, so put on some of your favorite Christmas songs, watch a Christmas movie, decorate your tree or house, hang some lights, be festive and before you know it, you will be able to Jingle All the Way into the Christmas Holiday season!

Here are some wonderful weekend happenings to keep you in the mood for seasonal activities, Santa, and yes, more SNOW!

Each week through out the rest of the year we will present the…………

CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY MARKETS, FESTIVALS, AND HAPPENINGS:

First up is Poplar Grove Baptist Church’s annual Live, Drive-Thru Nativity! This year, the theme is, “If it had not been for CHRISTmas”, which celebrates the true meaning of the Christmas season. The Live Nativity will be held on the church grounds, with Hot Apple Cider, Homemade Cookies and a CD/cassette tape that narrates the Christmas story while driving  around the church to view the beautifully decorated live scenes. This free event will be held on Friday, Dec. 10th from 6-8 pm and Saturday, Dec. 11th from 6-8 pm.  For more info call the church at 828-963-9390 or visit www.poplargrovebaptistchurch.com.

Then our very own Sarah will star in Studio K’s annual Ballet production of The Nutcracker, a High Country Holiday tradition for the last 15 years or so, this Friday to Sunday, Dec. 10th-12th, at ASU’s Farthing Auditorium. Performance times are at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, 7:00 p.m. on Saturday and 3:00 p.m. on Sunday. Directed by Cay Harkins, tickets are $9 for students and $11 for adults and are available through the Farthing Auditorium box office. For tickets, call 828-262-4046, and for more info, call 828-265-4111.

All are invited to a free Holiday Sing-A-Long happening this Saturday, Dec. 11th, at 6pm held at the Hayes Performing Arts Center in Blowing Rock. Radio personality Steve Frank, along with a director of the Watauga Concert Band will lead the Sing-A-Long. A few surprise guests and many groups will join Steve in the fun! Everyone is asked to bring a canned good for the Hunger and Health Coalition in Boone, and of course, donations are welcome too. For more info call 828-295-0112 or visit to www.hayescenter.org.

Gear up for the Holiday Family Festival where High Country kids will get to play Santa this Saturday for the 2nd year, choosing and wrapping presents to place under the tree for Mom or Dad. Hosted by the High Country Women’s Fund and the Children’s Council of Watauga County,  this year’s festival is Saturday, Dec. 11th, from 12 – 4pm at the National Guard Armory in Boone.  Kids can visit Santa’s Workshop, choose a gift for a parent from a selection donated for the event, then some Women’s Fund volunteers will help wrap the gifts. Parents will also get to have some fun with a Silent Auction and a Bakery. All proceeds raised will benefit the Children’s Council and their efforts to promote the health and potential of Watauga County kids. The Women’s Fund is still seeking volunteers and donations for the festival. For more info on the event and to volunteer, contact Grubbs at 828-406-0008 oremail mar0817@aol.com.

Don’t miss the annual Newland Christmas Parade held this Saturday, Dec. 11th, at 5:30 pm, sponsored by the Newland Business Association. View the sparkling lighting displays on the floats prepared by local businesses, churches, associations and residents. For more info call 828-260-3205.

Take in Banner Elk’s Village Shops Christmas Tree Lighting and Concert by The Collaborative Stage Carolers on Saturday, Dec.11th, at 6:30 pm.  Bring an unwrapped gift for Toys for Tots and have a photo made with Santa. For more info call the Bayou Smokehouse & Grill Restaurant at 828-898-8952.

It’s Christmas on Apple Hill Farm this Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 11th & 12th, from 9am – 5pm. Visitors can take a tour of the farm, meet the animals, pick a Christmas tree and take a ride on the Apple Hill Farm Express, a miniature coal-fired steam locomotive. The cost is $5 for adults and $3 for children. For more info call 828-963-1662.

Do some Holiday Shopping at the KIDsSPACE Sale this Saturday & Sunday, Dec. 11th – 12th, from 12 noon to 5pm. New and gently used gifts, toys and furniture will be on sale for Holiday Shopping. For more info call 828-719-9000.

Come on out to the 8th annual SugarFest Festival, held at the Sugar Mountain Resort on Saturday & Sunday, Dec. 11th – 12th, from 9am – 3:30pm.  Activities will include Ski and snowboard Demo equipment, a snowball-eating contest at 3pm Saturday, Live Bluegrass Music by Boss Hawg from 4 – 7pm, followed with a Fireworks display at 5:45 pm Saturday evening. Then on Sunday take in a performance by 1992 Olympic Figure Skating silver medalist Paul Wylie, followed by an ice skating clinic and meet-and-greet session. For more info on SugarFest, call the resort at 800-SUGAR-MT or visit www.seesugar.com/tourism/sugarfest.

Enjoy yourself and Have some Fun!

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