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There are choose 'n cut farms throughout the Blue Ridge region.
cludes lighted walking trails, a
chance to talk to Santa and food.
Then, get back in the car for a mileand-a-half drive through some
awe-inspiring illuminated displays
* A quaint, yet magical, display
of lights takes place each year in
Dillsboro, North Carolina with the
FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS & LUMINARIES. Town officials light more than
2,500 candles and place them in
white bags lining the streets and
merchants trim their vintage buildings in traditional white lights. The
festival runs this year on December 1-2, and 8-9 (dillsboronc.info/
* HOLIDAY OF LIGHTS in
Bluefield, West Virginia, begins
on Thanksgiving night and continues to New Year's Eve. Visitors
drive through more than 40 acres
of elaborate lighted displays. This
event is free, but cash donations
and canned food items will be accepted (bit.ly/2vDryyR).
Master craftsmen at Dollywood provide a way to create a one-of-a-kind
PICK OUT A
It might be quick and easy to plunk
down cash for a tree at a roadside
lot and tote it home, but you'll create lasting family memories when
you visit a Christmas tree farm, hike
amid rows of Fraser firs and decide
on the right one for your living
room. Many Christmas tree farms
also enhance the festive atmosphere
with cider and hot chocolate, visits
from Santa, wreaths and other holiday accessories. The following websites will lead you to places across
the region where you can choose 'n
cut your own tree.
WEST VIRGINIA: wvchristmastreegrowers.com/choose-and-cut
Once you get your tree, you'll want
special ornaments to make it extra special. Whether you go with
themed decor or simply get personalized items for gifts each year, there
are many places in the region to fulfill your wishes.
Enter the Craftsman's Village at
Dollywood and you might decide
to go home with a glass blown ornament that you make yourself
with the help of the experts there.
It's a fun way to have a hands-on
experience and create a lasting memento as a gift or as a colorful orb
for your tree.
"It's become a fun tradition for
our guests. We have some who make
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