Highlands Olde Mountain Christmas Festival cancelled

Highlands Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center has cancelled the 2020 Olde Mountain Christmas Festival on Dec. 5.

Due to cases of COVID-19 rising rapidly in North Carolina, the state has tightened existing mask requirements and enforcement. As of Monday, ten more counties were designated as red for Critical Community Spread.

The Chamber Board made this difficult decision in support of community health and well-being.

Event plans are already underway for 2021 in hopes that they can once again bring the community together to celebrate.

Below is the cancelled event, it has also been changed in the event’s initial announcement HERE:

Olde Mountain Christmas parade (CANCELLED) 

The following Saturday, Dec. 5 a hybrid Olde Mountain Christmas parade will take place from 6-8:30 p.m. Instead of folks lining Main Street watching the parade go by, folks in their vehicles will drive by floats set up in the center of Main Street from 3rd to 5th streets in a predetermined traffic loop.

Traffic will continue through K-H Park on Pine Street where Santa and his elves will again be on a firetruck giving out candy canes and the Pinnacle Brass Ensemble will be performing on stage.

Shop owners will be encouraged to keep the lights on in their stores to help light up the Main Street and those with floats are being encouraged to use decorative lights.

In addition to floats, there will be antique cars, the homecoming court, and music courtesy of bands set up along the way – the Curtis Blackwell Band, the Dean English Band and bagpipers, too.

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