FESTIVALS Through Dec. 7
Bessemer City, Dec. 5. Bessemer City Christmas Parade. Details: www.bessemercity.com.
Greensboro, Dec. 5. Festival of Lights. Details: www.festivaloflightsgso.org.
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Carolina Beach, Dec. 5. Island of Lights Christmas Parade. Details: www.visitcarolinabeachnc.com.
Jacksonville, Dec. 6. Jacksonville Winterfest. Details: www.jacksonvillenc.gov/winterfest.
Wilmington, Dec. 6-7. Old Wilmington by Candlelight Tour. Details: www.hslcf.org.
Greenville, Dec. 4-6. Holiday Fair. Details: www.holidayfairgreenville.com.
Columbia, Dec. 6. Santa’s Market Craft Show at Seven Oaks Park. Details: www.icrc.net.
Isle of Palms, Dec. 6. Isle of Palms Holiday Street Festival. Details: www.iop.net.
Anderson, Dec. 7. Christmas Parade. Details: www.cityofandersonsc.com.
New slope opens at N.C. ski resort
Sugar Mountain Ski Resort – off N.C. 194, east of Blowing Rock – has opened a new intermediate-level ski slope: Gunther’s Way. It’s 150 feet wide and 2,900 feet long; the vertical drop is 700 feet. Sugar Mountain Resort has also added 10 new snow-making machines. The resort offers 125 skiable acres (including 10 acres of terrain for Gunther’s Way) for skiing, snowboarding, tubing, snowshoeing and skating. Details (including weather conditions): www.skisugar.com. John Bordsen