- Associated Press - Monday, December 7, 2015

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) - Great Smoky Mountains National Park is planning the 40th annual Festival of Christmas Past this weekend.

The park says the program will be from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Sugarlands Visitor Center. The festival is free.

Included are old-time mountain music, traditional harp singing, mountain craft demonstrations and living history walks. Visitors can learn how to make historic toys, games, rag rugs, apple-head dolls, quilts, homespun thread and apple cider.

North District Resource Education Supervisor Stephanie Sutton said in a news release the festival gives people an opportunity to remember some of the traditions of the past.

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