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Light Up the Basin - Copperhill/McCaysville

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At the Georgia/Tennessee line is what is considered the copper basin. It is the location of McCaysville, GA and Copperhill, TN and they have a tradition to light up the basin on the Friday after Thanksgiving each year.

Local communities coordinate their Christmas Lighting Ceremonies in a single evening of celebration. The evening begins at 6 pm, at the McCaysville Branch of United Community Bank, where the Mayor helps light McCaysville's official Christmas Tree. A procession of Christmas carolers then parades by candlelight to the Copperhill Branch of the BB&T Bank, for another tree lighting ceremony. Participants then make their way to Miners Park, to help the Mayor light Copperhill's Yule tree. The crowd then moves back down Grande Avenue for the lighting of the wreath of the Old Steel Bridge. Following the tree lightings, celebrants can visit Santa at Christmas Is Here!

The Copper Basin Christmas Village also opens Friday, November 26th and will have Santa Photos every Friday and Saturday night between Friday November 26th and Saturday December 18th for donations. The events start at 5:30 and last until 8:00 pm. It's a fun 2 and a half hours, especially when you see the kids' eyes light up when they see Santa.

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