Before you head out shopping in the big cities after Thanksgiving think about staying right here in our area and taking advantage of Small Business Saturday. Both Mitchell and Yancey counties have lots of activities going on with special sales by many of the local merchants. Spruce Pine Main Street kicks off activities in Central Park at noon. Throughout the afternoon they will have music, Santa Claus, ugly sweater contest, tree lighting, a storytime reading of Polar Express and more followed by the Spruce Pine Christmas parade that evening. Bakersville will have a Holiday Lighting Ceremony at the courthouse at 6 pm. That will be followed by a Christmas concert Saturday evening at 6:30 at Bowman Middle School. In Burnsville the 10h Annual Christmas Extravaganza is at the Burnsville Town Center from 10 to 2. Businesses in all three towns have special sales to celebrate Small Business Saturday. Get your shopping done while helping support your friends, neighbors and community.