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Like many communities across North Carolina, Forest City began as a simple crossroads on two trade routes, situated in the foothills of the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains. By 1890, due to the coming of the railroad and the building of the Florence Mill, it had become a thriving community with 1,090 residents, electric lights, water service and 12 passenger trains daily. Today’s Forest City has a population of more than 7,000! The town motto is, “Small town. Deep roots,” and the spirit of community betterment is alive and well and can be seen in the pride everyone takes in keeping Forest City a beautiful place to live and work.

IN Forest City

  • Cherry Bounce Festival – June 19-20
    Live music, art and food vendors, special sales and discounts by Main Street Merchants, and assorted cherry-inspired food and drink items throughout the festival.
  • 29th Annual Hot Nights Cool Rides Car Show – August 14-15
    Live music, free cruise-in, and movie at POPS
  • Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony – November 26
    Join us on historic Main Street as we flip the switch to turn on over one million Christmas lights!
  • Festival of Lights – November 28-January 1
    Forest City is the place to be during this magical season. It was voted #1 Christmas Town near Asheville and #2 Place for Christmas Lights by RomanticAsheville.com. The month-long celebration features ice skating, visits with Santa, carriage rides, holiday movies, and more. Most events take place on weekends, so check the schedule and plan for a wonderful time!

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