Held annually on the second Saturday in December, The Cashiers Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to plan and produce the Cashiers Christmas Parade with local businesses, organizations, and residents celebrating the holiday season. Chamber staff organizes parade theme, volunteers, participating lineup, awards and live broadcast of the event from the Cashiers Crossroads. Feel free to connect with Chamber Staff any time of year for additional parade information.
45th Annual Cashiers Christmas Parade
WHEN | Saturday, December 14 at noon
THEME | "All Things Bright & Beautiful, All Creatures Great & Small"
GRAND MARSHAL | Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust which is celebrating its 100th property preserved, 115th anniversary of Plateau conservation and 15th year of Jackson County land conservation
WHERE TO WATCH | Cashiers Crossroads
LIVE BROADCAST | wnclive.com | watch the parade video here.
COMMUNITY LUNCHEON | Hosted by Cashiers Cares with the help of Rotary will take place at the Cashiers Community Center following the Parade. Visit with Santa and visit with the Friends of the Library who will be gifting new books to children visiting Santa.
The Cashiers Area Chamber would like to extend sincere appreciation to Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, Cashiers Glenville Volunteer Fire Department, Glenville Cashiers Rescue Squad, Jackson County Emergency Management and all law enforcement and first responders for their participation and support of the 45th annual Cashiers Christmas Parade as well as grateful recognition to emcee and community volunteer Terry Beye, Appalachian Golf Cars, and the Rosman Tiger Marching Band. The Chamber salutes all participants and spectators and extends Happy Holiday wishes to all.
Cashiers Christmas Star Trophy – entry displaying the best overall creativity presented to Mountaintop Golf & Lake Club for its Polar Express caravan with staff representing various story characters and under the direction of new general manager Chris Robinson.
Cashiers Caroling Award – entry with the best musical performance presented to the newly-renovated Cashiers Village Inn, featuring owners Taylor Stewart and Daniel Fletcher, staff and friends, and the live music of Erica Nicole.
Elfin Magic Award – entry best-featuring children presented to Cub Scout Den #222 under the leadership of Mark Letson.
Fruitcake Award – presented to the entry with the most humorous display awarded to Highlands Aerial Park, featuring Zippy the ziplining bear (rider Darren Gillett) and owners Karen and George Powell with their puppy Monte Mayhem.
Holiday Spirit Award – entry with the most enthusiastic participants presented to Sapphire Valley Resort celebrating with a children’s hymn and a Christmas Tree representing all things bright and beautiful and little animals representing creatures both large and small
Rudolph’s Friends Award – entry best-featuring animals presented to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Western North Carolina for their herd of enthusiastically-trotting llamas led by 20 “Littles” program participants, Executive Director Danielle Hernandez of BBBS and llama handler Mark English.
Santa’s Sleigh Award – entry with the best theme in motion as float or other motorized vehicle presented to the Valley Garden Club chaired by Trish Bucher and parade co-chairs Maggie Reimann and Carol Wilson with founding club president and 2018 Citizen of the Year Vanna Cameron and “The Friendly Beasts”.
Tin Soldier Award – best marching or walking entry presented to Blue Ridge Free Dental Clinic honoring 2019 Volunteer of the Year Melanie Jones escorted by the Toothfairies.
Vintage Vehicle Award – entry for best car or truck display presented to Roman’s Roofing for its 1931 Ford Model A driven by owner Roman Placko with help from a truckload of kids.
Per tradition, the 46th Annual Cashiers Christmas parade will be held on the second Saturday of December 2020.