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Bruce Chuvala and Rob Storrs appear as Ebeneezer Scrooge and Jacob Marley, respectively,
in Parkway Playhouse’s upcoming production of ‘A Christmas Carol,’ one of many events
lined up to help celebrate Christmas in the region.
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Originally published: 2012-11-29 10:22:53
Last modified: 2012-11-29 10:22:53

Home for the Holidays

Maybe it is the Christmas tree fields; maybe it is the altitude and the snow it brings; or maybe it is the sense of deep tradition in Avery County that makes residents so excited about Christmas. Whatever the reason, the county that helps make Christmas happen by providing trees all across the nation knows how to do Christmas right.

Citizens in Avery County and the surrounding area have planned a wide variety of holiday events, from parades to plays to music. To plan your holiday season and see what events are out there to join in, check the calendar of holiday events listed below. 

If you are planning a holiday event that you would like to see included in this list in upcoming issues of The Avery Journal-Times, give us a call or email details about your event to ( or to (  

Happy holidays!

Inaugural Christian Winter Concert
Friday, Nov. 30Lees-McRae College Christian Choir will perform a concert with free admission at 8 p.m. this Friday, Nov. 30, at Evans Auditorium, 191 Main Street, Banner Elk. Refreshments will be served and donations are welcome. To RSVP, contact Choir Director and President Lakeala Frink at (910) 398-1156 or at (

‘The Nutcracker’ by High Country Youth Ballet
Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 1 and 2High Country Youth Ballet will perform “The Nutcracker” at 7 p.m. this Saturday, Dec. 1, and at 2 p.m. this Sunday, Dec. 2., at Mountain Heritage High School.

YMCA Christmas Market
Saturday, Dec. 1Williams YMCA of Avery County will host a Christmas Market this Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Hugh Chapman Center. Any vendors interested in participating may purchase a booth for $20. For more information, call (828) 737-5500.

Banner Elk Parade of Lights
Friday, Dec. 7Banner Elk Chamber of Commerce and Town of Banner Elk will host a family-oriented holiday celebration beginning at 6 p.m. with a parade of lights in downtown Banner Elk. The festival will continue in Tate-Evans Park, where the North Pole Express Train Ride, luminaries, Christmas tree lighting ceremony, menorah lighting ceremony, friendly alpacas, Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus will all be waiting to greet guests. Refreshments will be available. 

Newland Christmas Extravaganza
Saturday, Dec. 8All of Avery County is invited to Newland’s Christmas Parade and Celebration, organized by Newland Business Association, which will kick off at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8, with a parade, followed by caroling, refreshments, decorating and a tree-lighting ceremony at Newland Town Square.Lineup for the parade will begin promptly at 4 p.m. Any businesses, individuals or organizations interested in being part of the parade should contact Veronica Brocco by email at (
Carolers will sing as the crowds judge a Christmas tree decorating contest before the lighting of the tree. 

Avery County Shrine Club Christmas PartyMonday, Dec. 10Avery County Shrine Club will hold its annual Christmas party at 6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 10 at Times Square Diner in Elk Park. 

‘A Christmas Carol’ at Parkway Playhouse
Thursday, Dec. 13, through Saturday, Dec. 15Parkway Playhouse will present a world-premier musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, Dec. 13 and 14, and at 2 p.m. and 7:30p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15, at Tomberlin Auditorium at Mountain Heritage High School. Tickets range from $12 to $15 and are available at Parkway Playhouse, by clicking to or at the door before each performance.

VFW Children’s Christmas Party
Sunday, Dec. 16The VFW will host a Children’s Christmas Party from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 16. Santa Claus will be on hand to hand out presents, candy, oranges and apples, as well as accepting Christmas wish lists from any children who have prepared their letter to Santa. In the event of snow, the party will be rescheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 18.