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. More info

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

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

6 pm — Spirit of Christmas. Lend your voice to the caroling as we take a walk through town to "Christmas Tree Square" for the lighting of our Christmas tree. (Caroling begins at Rita's Hallmark parking lot.) The evening continues with a concert by The Grove Church Band, cookies, cocoa, and letters to Santa at the Chamber of Commerce across the square.

A Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas presented by The Smoky Mountain Community Theatre. 134 Main Street. 7:30 pm evenings of December 6, 7, 9, 13, & 14; and 2:30 pm matinees on December 8 & 15. More info.

Saturdays - On The Square - 6-7 pm.
Join our local choruses
for a musical celebration of the season. (corner Main & Everett Sts.)
December 7 -
First Baptist Church of Bryson City Choir
December 14 - Swain County High School Chorus
December 21 - Victory Baptist Church Choir

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 – 10th Annual Cookie Walk & Christmas Bazaar. Fellowship Hall, Bryson City United Methodist Church. 76 Main Street.

11 am — December Dash 5K - At Western Carolina University, 11 am. All proceeds will be given away by the Jackson County Youth Leadership Council as grants for youth-led projects. $15 registration (includes t-shirt). email or call 828-586-4009.

2 pm — "The Biggest Little Christmas Parade in the Smokies" takes to the streets. Our 39th annual parade features floats, fire trucks, bands, classic cars, beauty queens and more ...and of course, Santa!

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


December 7 — Christmas Open House at the Green Energy Park. Noon - 4 pm. Live glassblowing and blacksmithing demonstrations, local artists with unique holiday gifts on sale, holiday music and refreshments. More info

December 14 — Christmas in the Mountains Indoor Art & Craft Show & Sale at the Stecoah Valley Center. 10 am - 5 pm. More info

December 6, 7 & 13 & 14 — 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

Christmas Concerts at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin. Mark O'Connor & Friends, December 6. Robert Ray, December 14. The Nutcracker Ballet, December 20-21. More info

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