Santa arrives on E Clampus Vitus' Purple Stutz during Mountain Magic 2021.

Mountain Magic Christmas will kick off the Christmas holiday festivities on Friday, Nov. 25. Step back in time for an old-fashioned small-town Christmas celebration where the Bandstand will be decorated and the town will be decked out in lights with time-honored traditions to set the mood for the season.

Watch for the purple Stutz sleigh delivering Santa to the historic Bandstand. From 1 to 3 p.m. he will be listening to children’s Christmas wishes and handing out candy canes. Santa’s mailbox arrives Thanksgiving Day at the Bandstand and is available to receive children’s letters through Christmas Eve. If the letters have a return address expect to hear back from Santa!

At 5 p.m. at the Bandstand, there will be a greeting from the Weaverville Chamber of Commerce president and a holiday message from a special guest, followed by the Christmas tree lighting and carolers. In true Christmas tradition, chestnuts will be roasted on an open fire for sampling.

Main Street merchants will host open houses from 5 to 8 p.m. and are looking forward to greeting and assisting you with unique holiday gifts and surprises. Stop by the Jake Jackson Museum and blacksmith shop, which will be open during special hours between noon and 6 p.m.

Don’t forget to support our local businesses during Small Businesses Saturday on Nov. 26. Many businesses will be offering specials and welcome your patronage.

In December watch for the Elf on the Shelf. They will be displayed in downtown business windows. Pick up a form from Tammie’s Books or Trinity Arts and Crafts, locate all 24 elves and you will receive a free ice cream from Up North Confectionary.

Many cultures, religions and spiritual traditions honor the winter solstice. Being the longest night of the year, it’s a perfect time for reflection, introspection and setting intentions. The Winter Solstice Celebration will be held on Saturday, Dec. 17, at the Water Bar on Nugget Lane. It starts with wreath making at 3 p.m. At 5 p.m. they will light the yule log and have soup and mulled cider for sale to warm your bellies. Gather around the fire with friends, decorate a luminary, and bring your drums to add to the spirit of the evening.

For the little ones, The Polar Express Experience will be held on Saturday, Dec. 17. It all starts at Mountain Goat Kids and Tammie’s Books at 11 a.m. for a reading of the book “Polar Express.” The Trinity Theatre will have a canned food drive and show “The Polar Express.” Bring a non-perishable item for admission. The movie starts at 12:30 p.m. and warm jammies are recommended.

Meet up at the Bandstand at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18, to celebrate the first day of Hanukkah. Participate in a Dreidel competition followed by a Menorah lighting and the sharing of traditional Jewish songs and refreshments.

The Weaverville Chamber of Commerce welcomes the winter solstice with a magical luminary walk. You can purchase a luminary bag on Nov. 25 during the Mountain Magic Christmas event and throughout December at participating merchants. The lighted luminary walk will take place at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21, on Main Street, Weaverville. Anyone can purchase a luminary bag. Individuals, businesses, pets. Decorate it with an intention, a wish for the new year, gratitude or in honor of a loved family member, friend or pet.

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