Highlands’ 19th annual Christmas tree lighting Saturday night was complete with Mr. and Mrs. Claus, Rudolph, and the Toy Soldier. Officials say this was the largest crowd ever at the annual event, with estimates pegged in excess of a thousand.
For the Chamber of Commerce sponsored event, the huge crowd gathered on the closed off Main St. in front of Highlands United Methodist Church. Many visitors told Macon County News that they came to Highlands, bringing their children, just for this event. They joined Highlanders in the singing of Christmas carols. The Chamber provided hot chocolate and cookies at Town Square.