Christmas events continue in Bakersville

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Parents and children participate in the Christmas Ornament Make-and-Take event Saturday, Dec. 7, as part of the Christmas ‘Neath the Roan festivities in Bakersville. (Photo by Harley Masters)


BAKERSVILLE – Looking for a great activity? Do you love history? Would you like to learn more about the history of our community? Come join the Christmas ‘Neath the Roan Committee as it makes history come alive with a Candy Cane Scavenger Hunt Saturday, Dec. 14, on the steps of the Historic Courthouse in Bakersville. The event is 10 a.m.-4 p.m. or until the last clue is solved.

Families are invited to participate together in search of clues about the history of Bakersville and Mitchell County. They will move to different locations around town to develop answers to “clues” and will move on to the next location after the correct answer is obtained. 

First-place prize is a hand-blown candy cane that was created by Richard Ritter, a “North Carolina Living Treasure” and world-renowned glass artist.

Bowditch Antiques & Collectibles will also continue its “Shop for Mom and Dad” event and other shops in town are filled with gifts for everyone.

Mark your calendar for Saturday, Dec. 21, for three events. Santa, Mrs. Claus and the elves are coming back to Bakersville from 9-10:15 a.m. for a breakfast with area children and their families at the Historic Courthouse. Registration is required for the remaining time slots available. Call 828-537-3062 for more information.

Mitchell County 4-H is showing “The Polar Express” in the top of the Historic Courthouse at 1:30 p.m.

The highlight of the holiday season will be the live performance of a “Journey to the Manger.” More than 10 churches are producing the event that weaves along the Creek Walk from the Bakersville Fire Department to the Manger. Centurion soldiers and census-takers will escort guests as they see wise men, a host of heavenly angels, shepherds and countrymen on the journey. The manger scene includes Mary, Joseph and Jesus along with angels. Animals have come from afar; a camel, donkey, goat, sheep and cows are all at the manger to get a glimpse of the new baby Jesus. 

Musical performances will be performed from 6-9 p.m. at the pavilion. Mike McKinney from The Bridge Church singing contemporary Christian, Roberta Whitesides singing traditional Christmas music, Kaela Schneider singing folk Christmas and High Mountain Grass with bluegrass Christmas. There will also be caroling at the fire department where our journey will start.