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Tree lighting kicks off Hendersonville Christmas

It's official.
It's Christmas in Hendersonville.

MaryLouiseBarberChildren listen as Mary Louise Barber tells the story of lights coming to Henderson County.Townsfolk turned out for the annual Christmas tree lighting on an unseasonably warm evening and joined in the countdown to mark the lighting of the colored strands on two large evergreens in the Historic Courthouse Square.
The tree lighting came after entertainment by volunteer singers and musicians from Flat Rock Playhouse and a tale of the electrification of Hendersonville by Mary Louise Barber as Claudia Holt Oates.
Main Street director Lew Holloway urged people to enjoy shopping downtown and especially to shop on Small Business Saturday and support stores on Main Street.
The Hendersonville Christmas parade is Saturday, Dec. 1. Old-fashioned Christmas on Main Street is Friday, Dec. 7.
Afterwards Main Street was busy, although not as crowded as black Friday during the day or the day after Christmas. At Wag: A Unique Pet Boutique, Friday turned out to be busier than the usually busy Friday of Apple Festival, said manager Hunter Strong.
A few doors down, Once Upon a Sign owner Eva Ritchey sounded pleased. She believes she is the first Main Street shop to offer wines from Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards, one of the two new wineries in Henderson County. The wines are about $18 a bottle.