10 North Georgia Mountain Holiday Ideas – #9

The Mountain Life Team Blogger November 25, 2013

smokey-mountain-centerWho doesn’t love a great Christmas play, musical or production?  As I mentioned in my last suggestion of holiday fun, the Christmas Story will be playing at Blue Ridge Community Theater…well, there is more.  Have you had the opportunity to visit the Smokey Mountain Center of Performing Arts in Franklin, N.C.?  This is a short distance from the Hiawassee area and other North Georgia Mountain towns!

This holiday season, you can treat yourself to some great Christmas entertainment at this fine place!  On December 6th, Mark O’Connor and Friends will be presenting An Appalachian Christmas to kick off  the season.  Mark is a  multi-Grammy winning musician and composer, most known for his million-selling composition “Appalachia Waltz.”  He has composed nine concertos and two symphonies as well as authoring a new violin method that tens of thousands of children are learning from.

The following weekend, December 14th, Robert Ray and Friends presents, “Home for the Holidays.” This will be an eclectic mix of the world’s best-loved Christmas Music – presented in both familiar and imaginary ways.  Then, on December 20th, The Nutcracker Ballet will be performed!  For those that have never seen this, you are in for a real treat.  The story takes place on Christmas Eve where a young girl named Natasha receives a beautiful gift in the form of a nutcracker. Through dreams and magic, Natasha is rescued from the evil Rat King by the nutcracker and taken on an exciting adventure to the Snowflake Forest and Land of Sweets where she meets many new friends. Set to the music of Tchaikovsky, this heart-warming holiday classic is perfect for the entire family. A full, two-act ballet presented by A Family of Friends Productions in conjunction with Betsy’s School of Dance.

The Smokey Mountain Performing Arts Center is absolutely beautiful!  You will enjoy coming to this 1,500 seat state of the art facility.  It is great all year round but nothing can beat the great shows at the holidays!  Make plans to attend and get tickets soon!  Let me know if you get to go and what you thought!