The Village Green lights up with Christmas cheer

Over 70,000 twinkling lights wrapped around a 65-spruce tree sparked to life on The Village Green for the Cashiers Christmas Tree Lighting on the Gazebo-side of the park at the Crossroads on Nov. 27.

Pictured below are the Christmas lights at The Village Green presented in collaboration with the Cashiers Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center:

It wasn’t the usual tree lighting event people are accustomed to, but there was plenty of Christmas cheer in the air for those who attended the annual tradition.

The Cashiers Christmas Tree and Welcome to Cashiers sign at the Crossroads.

Santa also paid a visit catching a ride through the Crossroads on a Cashiers-Glenville Fire Department truck.

TVG Executive Director Ann Self said children thoroughly enjoyed when Santa made his appearance.

“Santa arrived at TVG for the tree lighting on the Cashiers-Glenville FD hook and ladder truck with an escort from Chief Dillard himself,” said Self. “Santa’s arrival was greeted with the squeals of excited children of all ages.”

Santa spreading Christmas cheer from atop a Cashiers-Glenville Fire truck at the Crossroads during the tree lighting at The Village Green on Nov. 27. Photo courtesy of The Village Green.

This year the Cashiers Christmas Tree Lighting was a collaboration between the Cashiers Area Chamber of Commerce and The Village Green.

Gazebo and sculpture in the foreground and Christmas Tree and Crossroads in the background at The Village Green..

Self said organizers also hired a professional lighting company to ensure a smooth show.

“I am grateful for the efforts of Drew English, a member of TVG Program Events Committee, who solicited sponsors and spearheaded the lighting design in the park,” said Self. “He was also instrumental in helping coordinate the actual Cashiers Christmas Tree Lighting.”

View from within the Gazebo at The Village Green.

Another change from previous years were the enhanced-safety measures in place to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19.

Overlooking the entrance to The Village Green from Hwy 64 on the left.

Gazebo and Lawn area at The Village Green.

Trees are decorated like candy canes at the entrance to The Village Green from Hwy 64.

Self said those who attended the twinkling spectacle at the Crossroads were respectful of social-distancing directives.

“We directed folks to wear a mask, contain their attendance with their family unit/pod, and maintain a six-foot distance from others,” said Self. “The Gazebo and Lawn can accommodate several hundred, but there were far fewer attendees this year than in year’s past.”

The Gazebo and Lawn area of The Village Green.

An attempt was made to live stream the event using social media, but technical difficulties prevented that from happening.

“We will work on this for future years as this will appeal to our friends who might not be in Cashiers to enjoy the event,” said Self.

Welcome to Cashiers.

Christmas Tree next to the Welcome to Cashiers sign.

The Village Green is a 13 acre privately conserved park for free public enjoyment. TVG depends on the financial support of individuals to help fund fun and interesting activities and maintain the park for everyone to enjoy.

Self encourages people to consider a year-end, tax-deductible gift to The Village Green. To make a donation to the TVG click HERE or text a donation with the word “Give” to 828.293.4990.

The sculpture at The Village Green.

Overlooking the Gazebo.

Article and photos by Brian O’Shea
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