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

February
Be My Valentine Charlie Brown Train
Nantahala River Glacier Breaker

March
Bank of America US Whitewater Open

April
Green Thumb Day
Knobscorcher Bike Race
Easter Beagle Train

May
West Swain VFD Bass Tournament
Strawberry Jam
Twelve Hours of Tsali

   BBQ & Brew Trains (May-August)
Heritage Festival

June
Music in the Mountains Series

   Fontana Classic Bass Tournament
Cherokee Voices Festival
Women's Work Festival (GSMNP)

July
Music in the Mountains Series
Freedom Fest
Festival of Native Peoples
Folkmoot
Dinosaur Train

August
Music in the Mountains Series

   Dinosaur Train
Childrens Fishing Derby

September
Music in the Mountains Series
Horace Kephart Days
Railfest & Mountain Craft Fair
Mountain Life Festival (GSMNP)
Mountain Heritage Day (WCU)

October
Music in the Mountains Series

   Great Pumpkin Patch Express
Cherokee Indian Fair
Stecoah Harvest Festival
Maple Leaf Festival
Bryson City Chili Cookoff
Downtown Trick or Treat

November
The Polar Express
WNC Pottery Festival
Mountain Shapes & Colors
Stecoah Artisans Studio Tour
Spirit of Christmas

December
The Polar Express
Christmas Parade

Monthly Calendar of Events in Bryson City and the
Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina

Use the mini calendar on the right to bring up the events on an upcoming month or specific date.

2014: Jan | Feb | Mar | Apr | May | Jun | Jul | Aug | Sep | Oct | Nov | Dec

Christmas in the Smokies
Date(s): Dec 01, 2014 - Dec 30, 2014
Where: Fontana Village Resort, 300 Woods Road, Fontana Dam, NC 28733

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 Polar Express
Date(s): Dec 03, 2014 - Dec 07, 2014
When: Multiple departures, please call or visit website for times
Where: Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, Everett Street, Bryson City, NC

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 Arts & Crafts Show
Date(s): Dec 06, 2014
Where: Stecoah Valley Center

Christmas in the Mountains Indoor Art & Craft Show & Sale just in time for holiday gift shopping. More info

Breakfast with Santa
Date(s): Dec 06, 2014
When: 9:00 - 11:00 am
Where: Stecoah Valley Center, Stecoah, NC

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.

40th Annual Bryson City Christmas Parade
Date(s): Dec 06, 2014
When: 2pm
Where: Downtown Bryson City, NC 28713

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.

The Polar Express
Date(s): Dec 10, 2014 - Dec 24, 2014
When: Multiple departures, please call or visit website for times
Where: Great Smoky Mountain Railroad, Everett Street, Bryson City, NC

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

The Polar Express
Date(s): Dec 26, 2014 - Dec 29, 2014
When: Multiple departures, please call or visit website for times
Where: Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, Everett Street, Bryson City, NC

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

New Year's Eve Reception and Gala
Date(s): Dec 31, 2014
When: 8pm Reception, 9pm Gala
Where: Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, Everett Street, Bryson City, NC

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

Freedom Fest
Friday, July 4
Cooker & Vendor Info / Application

 

Chili Cook-Off
Saturday, October 18
Cooker Info / Application
Crafter Info / Application

 

 

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Bryson City - Swain County
Chamber of Commerce
& Visitor Center

210 Main Street
P.O. Box 509
Bryson City, NC 28713

Email

Karen Proctor Wilmot
Executive Director

800-867-9246 toll-free
828-488-3681 local
828-488-6858 fax