TRAVEL GUIDE TO BRYSON CITY AND THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS
THINGS TO DO IN THE SMOKIES
Highlights of the
Bryson City and Great
Smokies Events Calendar
Be My Valentine Charlie Brown Train
Nantahala River Glacier Breaker
Bank of America US Whitewater Open
Green Thumb Day
Knobscorcher Bike Race
Easter Beagle Train
West Swain VFD Bass Tournament
Twelve Hours of Tsali
Fontana Classic Bass Tournament
Cherokee Voices Festival
Women's Work Festival (GSMNP)
Childrens Fishing Derby
Music in the Mountains Series
Horace Kephart Days
Railfest & Mountain Craft Fair
Mountain Life Festival (GSMNP)
Mountain Heritage Day (WCU)
Music in the Mountains Series
Use the mini calendar on the right to bring up the events on an upcoming month or specific date.
Bring your family and friends to the Smokies for a traditional Smoky Mountain Christmas Weekend featuring holiday festivities and winter fun! For more information call 828.498.2211 or click here.
The 1 ¼ hour round-trip excursion comes to life as the train departs the Bryson City depot for a special visit at the "North Pole." Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, guests on board will enjoy warm cocoa and a treat while listening and reading along with the magical story. The train arrives to find Santa Claus waiting. Santa boards the train greeting each child and presenting them with their own silver sleigh bell. Christmas carols will be sung as they return back to the Bryson City Depot. Call 800-872-4681 for reservations. More info
Christmas in the Mountains Indoor Art & Craft Show & Sale just in time for holiday gift shopping. More info
Breakfast with Santa! Kids of all ages get the opportunity to have breakfast with the "Big Guy"! $5 per person. Photo opportunities also available for an additional cost. For reservations call (828) 497-3364.
Have you ever been to a small town Christmas Parade? Then join us as we celebrate our 39th Annual Bryson City Christmas Parade complete with floats, marching bands, homecoming queens, and more. Make this a new holiday tradition for you and your famlily for years to come!
For more information please contact the Swain County Chamber of Commerce, 800-867-9246.
Riding a wave of nostalgia in the '70s, the Manhattan Transfer resurrected jazz trends from boogie-woogie to bop to vocalize in a slick, slightly commercial setting that sometimes failed to gel with the group's close harmonies. Originally formed in 1969, the quartet recorded several albums of jazz standards as well as much material closer to R&B/pop. Still, they were easily the most popular jazz vocal group of their era, and the most talented of any since the heyday of Lambert, Hendricks & Ross during the early '60s. More info
This 1 1/4 hour round-trip excursion comes to life as the train departs the Bryson City depot for a special visit to the "North Pole." Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, guests on board will enjoy warm cocoa and a treat while listening and reading along with the magical story. The train arrives to find Santa Claus waiting. Santa boards the train greeting each child and presenting them with their own silver sleigh bell. Christmas carols will be sung as they return back to the Bryson City depot. Call 800-872-4681 for reservations. More info
Between 1979 and 1990 John recorded and marketed six albums gaining him attention on Music Row. Capitol Records signed him in 1992 and it was there that he had a string of hits, including "Your Love Amazes Me", "Standing on the Edge of Goodbye", "I Think About It All The Time", "Change My Mind", "If I Had Any Pride Left At All", "Kiss Me In The Car", 'What's In It For Me", and "You and Only You". More info
Cinnamon Grits the Musical: "Christmas In The South" is a companion piece to "Girls Raised In The South." It is a southern look at all things Christmas! Food, family fun, friends and CHAOS! More info
A Very Merry Christmas! NewSong will be joined by GRAMMY nominee and Best New Artist Dove Award winner, Jamie Grace. Adding to the lineup, Sanctus Real, will be joining the night of music. With their newly released album, Run, the GRAMMY nominated artist will add to the fun and exciting night. Josh Wilson will be opening the night of music and ministry. More info
The Christmas Show is a reverent, theatrical production, featuring songs from Trace Adkins’ Celtic Christmas album, "The King’s Gift." The Cherokee show combines fireside story-telling with performances of classic carols. Adkins’ historical and humorous narration, loving delivery of time-honored Christmas classics and the lush instrumentation make for a truly special holiday event. More info
Third Saturday of each month at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park Visitor Center in Cherokee. Bring an acoustic instrument and join in on this old-time jam or just sit back and enjoy the sights and sounds as others play traditional Appalachian music. It is held year-round. In warmer months, the jam takes place outside on the porch of the Oconaluftee Visitor Center. In colder months, the jam is moved indoors to the Oconaluftee Visitor Center.
Enjoy an old-fashioned Christmas celebration in the Smokies with traditional music at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center. http://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/special-events.htm
Consider this excursion the Polar Express in reverse as you are tasked with returning Santa to the "North Pole." Visit with Santa on the trip and then enjoy a treat, warm cocoa, and caroling on the trip back to the Bryson City Depot. Call 800-872-4681 for reservations. More info
Looking for an exceptional way to spend New Year's? Try the New Year's Eve excursion train offered by the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad! Dinner, live music, champagne toast and cash bar are all provided on board the New Year's Eve Gala Train! Call 800-872-4681 for reservations. More info
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