Olde Mountain Christmas Parade
by Luke Osteen
The annual Highlands Olde Mountain Christmas Parade is held this year on Saturday, December 7, at 11:00 A.M.
As in previous incarnations, it’ll be a celebration winding its way down Main Street, with virtually every Highlander either somewhere in the parade itself or viewing from the sidelines. The mayor and members of the Town Board make an appearance, followed by the Highlands High School Homecoming Court, Fire Departments, Church Groups, lots of kids, horses, dogs, camels, and dancing Garden Angels of the Mountain Garden Club. Filling out the lineup are floats constructed by local clubs and businesses, classic cars, rescue vehicles, Smokey the Bear, and, of course, Santa and Mrs. Claus at the end of the long procession. Santa and The Mrs. will stick around after the parade so that children can visit them in the Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders Park and share their wish lists (and offer explanations – Editor’s Note: This works for adults, too).
After the Parade run, don’t walk, to the Episcopal Church for a barbecue dinner benefiting the Food Pantry of Highlands and the Highlands Emergency Council. You’ll also have an opportunity to purchase some delicious homemade jams, jellies, salsas, honey and more to take home with you for your holiday entertaining.
If you’re part of a group that would like to be included in the lineup, contact the Highlands Chamber of Commerce at (828) 526-2112. There is no entry fee and the more the merrier so don’t be shy, join the fun today. Please note that Santa is already in the lineup though, so no need to invite him to be in your entry.