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Fun, food, family and friends will all be part of Black Mountain’s Christmas celebration this year. The Chamber of Commerce has announced its events, as have many other organizations in the area.

Here are some of the upcoming events, all designed to put you in the holiday spirit (if we’ve left your event off, contact us at news@blackmountainnews.com).

Shop Small Saturday in downtown Black Mountain is from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 25. Local merchants in the central business area will have items that might make a great holiday gift. Also on Saturday, Nov. 25, local artists and vendors will sell items for the holidays at the Hometown Holiday Market, held at White Horse Black Mountain from 10 am.-3 p.m. Organizers hope shoppers will bring canned and dry goods to donate to Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministry.

On Sunday, Nov. 26 from 4-6 p.m., it’s “Messiah in Montreat,” an annual event in Graham Chapel at Montreat College that features a community performance of Handel’s celebrated oratorio “Messiah.” Singers have been rehearing since October for this popular performance. Admission is free, and donations are welcome.

On Friday, Dec. 1, it’s Holly Jolly, an evening of reverie, shopping and catching up all over downtown. The Holly Jolly performances will be at the corner of Cherry Street and Sutton Avenue. Here’s the performance line-up:

·         5:45-6:15 p.m.: Owen High School Marching Band, directed by Tyson Hamrick

·         6:30-7 p.m.: Amy Maze’s dancers from Black Mountain Center for the Arts team and the Owen High School dance team, directed by Amanda Arrowood

·         7-7:30 p.m.: Owen High School Chorus, directed by Katherine Swinney

·         7:30-8 p.m.: Artspace Dancers, directed by Rebecca Triplett

·         8-8:30 p.m.: Preview of “It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” by The Front Porch Theatre

The Holly Jolly Pottery market and Clay Studio Exhibit will be at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1.

Kids can get their photos made with Santa for free from 3-4:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1 and 10-11:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 15 at White Insurance Agency in Black Mountain. Cookies and cocoa will be served. The Black Bear Tavern has "Breakfast With Santa" from 9-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 2 and 9. 

Postponed because of weather in November, the Rocking Chair Silent Auction will be Saturday, Dec. 2 from 10 a.m.-noon at the town Visitors Center before the Christmas Parade. For sale will be rocking chairs that have been around downtown. The chairs have been screened with the work of local photographers.

At 4 p.m. Dec. 2, it’s the Christmas Parade, a festive and fun annual event in Black Mountain that brings hundreds of residents, guests and visitors to downtown for music, food and all-things-parade. Themed “The Miracles of Christmas” this year, with Montreat track coach Britten Olinger as grand marshal, the parade will feature more than 100 entries on the route along State Street from Flat Creek Road to Craigmont. To register to be a part of the parade (the cost is $20), call the Black Mountain Swannanoa Chamber of Commerce at 669-2300 or visit exploreblackmountain.com.

 During the parade, Cub Scout Pack 42 will be collecting new stuffed toys to donate to Mission Children’s Hospital (new stuffed toys may also be taken to St. James Episcopal Church in Black Mountain).

After the parade, it’s the popular Circle of Lights, from 5-7 p.m. Dec. 2. Held at Lake Tomahawk, there will be food, hayrides, a bonfire, carols, cider, hot chocolate and Santa, as well as luminaries all around the lake. The Montreat College Christmas Concert will be 7-8:30 p.m. Dec. 2 at Anderson Auditorium.

Renowned storyteller Connie Regan-Blake will spin tales during “A Slice of Life” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2 at Black Mountain Center for the Arts, 225 West State St. Also appearing will be students in her “Taking the Stage” storytelling workshop. Tickets are $15 advance and $20 at the door, if available. There’s more at blackmountainarts.org.

Owen Middle School holds its annual Holiday Craft Fair from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9.

Also at Black Mountain Center for the Arts, at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, there will be a harp concert featuring Sue Richards and Friends. The Mountain Folkharpers Christmas Ensemble program will be a concert of nerve-soothing solos and duets.

Front Porch Theatre at Black Mountain Center for the Arts is presenting “It’s a Wonderful Life Radio Show” at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Dec. 15-16 and 22-23. Tickets are $20. And on Sunday, Dec. 17, local poet James Navè performs “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” at the arts center. Donations will be accepted.

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