‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ in Black Mountain this season

From staff reports

The Black Mountain-Swannanoa Chamber of Commerce Marketing Council has announced its lineup of holidays in The Little Town that Rocks.” The town will be decked out in its finest holiday decor this Christmas season.

The downtown theme “It’s a Wonderful Life” will be seen in the white lights on buildings rooftops on State and Cherry streets. Festivities begin with Shop Small Saturday on Nov. 28 with a tree lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. on Town Square. The Monte Vista Hotel will feature 30 beautifully decorated trees Dec. 3-31, with voting proceeds going to Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministry.

On Friday, Dec. 4, the annual Holly Jolly celebration kicks off downtown from 5-8 p.m. Santa will be at the Old Depot, and entertainers and music will be at the Little Red Caboose. Shops will be open with refreshments available.

The theme of this year’s Christmas parade at 4 p.m. Dec. 5 is “Joy to the World.” Retired Owen High football coach Kenny Ford will be grand marshal (former players of Ford’s are encouraged to wear their Owen jerseys and march along with the Fords). The parade begins on Flat Creek and travels through town to Craigmont Road.

Following the parade on Dec. 5, Circle of Lights at Lake Tomahawk, sponsored by Black Mountain Recreation and Parks, will include a bonfire, hay rides, music and Santa.

New this year there will be outdoor movies projected on The Junction building on Black Mountain Avenue behind the Old Depot. The schedule for the 8 p.m. movies is “It’s a Wonderful Life” (Dec. 4), “A Christmas Story” (Dec.12) and “The Polar Express” (Dec. 19).

On Saturday, Dec. 12 and 19, downtown shops will stay open until 8 p.m.; entertainment and luminaries will be on the streets.