WNC welcomes Christmas season events
Events going on around Haywood County provide a Christmas spirit unlike any other in the southeast and provide a great opportunity for those looking for a weekend getaway to get into the Christmas spirit, smoky mountain style. Many traditional and old country celebrations are unfolding, celebrating the beginning of the Christmas season. The snow-covered mountains and trees provide the perfect backdrop for a true white Christmas.
Here is a list of some of the upcoming Christmas events in Waynesville, Maggie Valley and Lake Junaluska:
• Appalachian Christmas — 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at the HART Main Stage Theater, in Waynesville. Admission is $10 adults, $5 children 5 to 15 yrs, free for children 5 and under
Call 452-1551 or visit www.sheltonhouse.org.
Initiate the Holidays with an Appalachian Christmas musical event that evokes nostalgic recollections of holiday celebrations evident in early settlements in the Appalachian Mountains. This program of traditional regional melodies is an enjoyable way to set the tone for the holiday season.
• Waynesville Christmas Parade — 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3, along Main Street, downtown Waynesville.
Call 456-3517 or visit www.downtownwaynesville.com.
Enjoy this annual community event as numerous illuminated entries parade down Main Street celebrating the spirit of the holidays. Santa Claus makes a special appearance as the guest of honor. Sponsored by the Town of Waynesville and the Waynesville Kiwanis Club, and organized by the Downtown Waynesville Association.
• Annual Appalachian Christmas Celebration — 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7 to Sunday, Dec. 9, at the Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center. Call 452-2881 or visit www.lakejunaluska.com/christmas
Appalachian Christmas features the Junaluska Singers performing classic carols for the holidays, as well as a pre-show by our award-winning, regional children's choir, Voices in the Laurel on Saturday afternoon, before a repeat full concert by the Singers, with combined choirs and orchestra presenting Handel’s Messiah on Saturday evening. Two and three night packages are available. Packages start at $155 per person and include lodging, meals and concert tickets.
• A Night Before Christmas — 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, on Main Street, downtown Waynesville. Call 456-3517 or visit
www.downtownwaynesville.com. Admission is free.
An annual holiday tradition downtown, amidst the backdrop of hundreds of luminaries lining the sidewalks, attendees will enjoy carolers, live music, visits with Santa, storytelling, and old fashioned wagon rides. Shops, galleries, and restaurants are open for holiday shopping.
• Ski and Ride with Santa — 1 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 25, at Cataloochee, 1080 Ski Lodge Road, in Maggie Valley. Holiday rates apply. Call 926-0285 or visit
Cataloochee opens for skiing and riding with Santa at 1 p.m. Make it part of your family’s Christmas Day celebration and join in for turkey and all the trimmings in the lodge. It’s open until 10 p.m.
When planning a getaway to Haywood County, check out the variety of accommodations offered. Visit www.visitncsmokies.com/stay.