Holly Jolly, Deck the Trees and Circle of Lights

Holly Jolly photoHolly Jolly takes place this evening in downtown Black Mountain with Sutton Avenue and Cherry Street transformed into a pedestrian only district and all the shops staying open till 8:00.  Its a most festive atmosphere wherein the shopkeepers offer cookies, hot cider and hot chocolate to go along with all the great gift ideas they have for sale.

There is music from the Owen High School Jazz Band, carolers from various churches and to cap it off Santa Makes his appearance at the Train Depot.  Last year as I walked down the middle of Cherry Street with my wife, I said “We’re living in a Hallmark movie”.  All that was missing was snow.

If you miss Holly Jolly, you can take in the Christmas Day parade tomorrow which starts at 4:00 followed by Circle of Lights at Lake Tomahawk when luminaries are placed around the edge of the lake and hay rides are offered.  This can be followed by a time of open invitation line dancing at the Community Center.  There’s a $5 fee for the line dancing event.

Finally there is “Deck the Trees” at the Monte Vista Hotel now through December 31st.  
There are 25 decorated trees in the lobby of the hotel and you can stop by most any time to view them and if you make a cash donation you can vote on your favorite tree.  The donationsMonte Vista treesgo to support the Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministry which serves more than 600 local families in need.  Its a great service.

So Merry Christmas and  Happy Holidays to everyone from Creston and Black Mountain!