Bryson City may be a small town, but we celebrate holidays in a big way! The streets are decorated with holiday lights and garlands; and our shops offer plenty of gifts and one-of-a-kind arts and crafts, as well as tasty foods and wines.

All Aboard the Polar Express!™ Sing some Christmas carols, and enjoy warm cocoa and a treat, while listening to this magical children's story. Santa is waiting at the North Pole, where he'll board the train, greeting each child, giving them their own silver sleigh bell. (1-1/4 hour round trip. Don't forget to wear your pajamas! November 13 - January 4. More info

Take time for a visit with the old Appalachian Toymaker, located in the Storytelling Center across the parking lot from the train depot. Watch the toymaker create handcrafted wooden toys and listen to a holiday story or two.

For a great family experience, visit the Ted Craig Farm in Alarka for a choose and cut Frasier Fir. Precut trees, live trees and wreaths available. More information and directions. Of course precut trees are available in town at several locations. We can beat big city prices with our locally grown trees.

Bryson City's downtown merchants have some great specials for Thanksgiving Week. As part of a national Shop Local movement, you'll find some great deals this week. Sales & Discounts (pdf)

You're invited to visit
local artists' studios and galleries during the Annual Stecoah Arts & Crafts Drive-About Tour. Find that one-of-a-kind holiday gift made by a local artisan. Fre self-guided tour. More info and directions.


11 am - 2:30 pm. MacNeill Uncorked Wine Experience. A 3.5 hour Tuckasegee River specialty train experience featuring wines selected by French Broad Vignerons to pair with your meal. Full service all-adult first class ride in the McNeill car. Narrator onboard to discuss the 6 wines selected to accompany an exclusive sampling of local cheeses, a freshly made entree and a chef-selected dessert.
5 - 8 pm. Artist Reception & Open House At Wild Fern Studios
(corner Everett & Main Sts.) Meet local watercolor artist Barbara Robinson, enjoy wine and cheese and seasonal goodies.
6 -8 pm — Spirit of Christmas. Join friends and neighbors for caroling from Caboose Corner to the square for the town Christmas Tree lighting ceremony. Afterwards enjoy a Chistmas concert featuring The Josh Fields Band in front of the Visitor Center, and come inside for hot cocoa and cookies, letter writing to Santa, and a visit with St. Nick himself! In the true Spirit of Christmas bring a canned good to donate to the food pantry or a new unwrapped gift for for the local toy drive!


Friday, December 12 at 7:30 pm. Saturday, December 13 at 3 pm & 7:30 pm. Sunday, December 14 at 3 pm. Based on the story behind the classic Christmas song, Christmas Shoes, this music-filled production takes the audience through the lives of two different families. Presented by The Smoky Mountain Community Theatre. 134 Main Street. $10 for adults & $5 for children.

December Saturdays, 6-7 pm.
Join our local choruses the first 3 Saturdays in December for a musical celebration of the season. (corner Main & Everett Sts.) December 20 - Team Guatamala from The Grove Church.

8-10 am — Breakfast with Santa. At the Rescue Squad on Bryson Walk (Between Everett and Slope Sts, behind the Dollar General.) $3. Bring your own camera for photos with Santa.
828-488-3681 or 800-867-9246.

Beginning at 9 am – 12th Annual Cookie Walk & Christmas Bazaar. Fellowship Hall, Bryson City United Methodist Church. 76 Main Street.

2 pm — "The Biggest Little Christmas Parade in the Smokies" takes to the streets. Our 40th annual parade features floats, fire trucks, bands, classic cars, beauty queens and more ...and of course, Santa! VIEW VIDEO

6:30 pm – Acoustic Guitar Concert by Ronnie Evans followed by a reception featuring Evans, artist Cynthis Cochran Kinard, textile Teresa Bouchonnet. Swain County Center for the Arts. 1415 Fontana Road at Swain County High School.

6 - 10 pm. The Nanta Claus Christmas Children's Benefit. Nantahala Brewing Company. Several holiday craft beers on tap. Bring an unwrapped, unused toy donation for local children, enjoy the Worst Holiday Sweater Contest. More info

10 am - 2 pm — Holiday Homecoming.
Enjoy an old-fashioned Christmas celebration in the Smokies with traditional music, holiday crafts, and cider and cookies! Oconaluftee Visitor Center for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cherokee. More info


November 28 - January 3 — Cherokee Lights & Legends. Stroll under the lights at Cherokee Indian Fair Grounds. Enjoy interactive displays, the 40-ft Christmas tree, a visit with Santa, a carnival ride or the synthetic ice rink. 5-9 pm (Wed-Thurs); 5-10 pm (Fri & Sat); 5 pm - 12:30 am New Year's Eve. $5 for adults; kids under 5 get in free. Skate rental fee $3 for a 30-minute session. Enjoy entertainment: Elvis - December 6, 20 & 31 at 7 pm; Balsam Range - December 13 at 8 pm. More info

December 5, 6 & 12 & 13 — Dillsboro Lights & Luminaries 2,500 luminaries light your way to shops and studios, carolers, holiday treats, live music and a visit with Santa. More info

December 6 — Christmas in the Mountains Indoor Art & Craft Show & Sale at the Stecoah Valley Center. 10 am - 5 pm. More info

December 6 – The Manhattan Transfer Swings Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin. More info

December 12 - Cinnamon Grits The Musical: Christmas in the South at Western Carolina University, Bardo Center. It is a southern look at all things Christmas! Food, family fun, friends and CHAOS! More info

December 13 - Newsong's The Very Merry Christmas Tour at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin. More info

December 13 - Trace Adkins: The Christmas Show. Harrah's Cherokee Casino Event Center. More info

Come enjoy our crisp, mountain air and breathe in some holiday spirit!