Black Mountain is the place for holiday happenings this weekend:


Holly Jolly Christmas: Time to shop! Black Mountain is a great place to find gifts for all your loved ones. During this annual event, the shops in downtown Black Mountain stay open late, luminaries line the streets, and you’ll have plenty of opportunities to experience Christmas music and cheer. Sponsored by Black Mountain Business to Business (828.669.0706).

Additionally, Black Mountain Books located on Cherry Street will be hosting a book signing during Holly Jolly, from 6pm to 8pm. The author is the well known garden expert Peter Loewer. Four of his books will be available for purchase and signing: “Loves me, Loves me Not,” “Jefferson’s Garden,” “The Moonflower” and “Gardens of North Carolina.”Contact: Black Mountain books (828.669.8149).


Black Mountain’s Christmas Parade begins at 4 p.m. in downtown Black Mountain. This year’s theme is Christmas Around the World. The parade will start at Flat Creek Road and will proceed westward along State Street to Craigmont Road, ending at Lake Tomahawk. Grab a curbside seat and check out floats from local organizations, businesses and churches. Of course, Santa will be part of the parade, too. Sponsored by the Black Mountain-Swannanoa Chamber of Commerce (828.669.2300).

Circle of Lights starts immediately after the Christmas Parade at Lake Tomahawk. Luminaries line the lake, refreshments, a visit from Santa Claus, carolers from local churches and Christmas music. Black Mountain Recreation and Parks (828.669.2052).

For more information, visit or 800.669.2301.

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