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
Strawberry Jam
Twelve Hours of Tsali

   BBQ & Brew Trains (May-August)
Heritage Festival

Music in the Mountains Series

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

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

Music in the Mountains Series

   Dinosaur Train
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

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

The Polar Express
WNC Pottery Festival
Mountain Shapes & Colors
Stecoah Artisans Studio Tour

The Polar Express
Christmas Parade

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

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Miss Edna's Christmas Village
Date(s): Nov 07, 2012 - Dec 08, 2012
When: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Where: Fontana Village Resort

Over a quarter century of hand crafting went into the completion of this authentic animated holiday village that includes ferris wheels, trains, a full dance hall, Christmas tree farm, ski slope and sleds, ice skating, a lake, waterfalls and more!

2012 Chestnut Tree Inn Christmas Party Dinner
Date(s): Dec 01, 2012 - Dec 30, 2012
Where: Chestnut Tree Inn, Cherokee NC

This Holiday Season remember to schedule your family gathering, company party or civic group's Christmas Dinner at The Chestnut Tree Inn in Cherokee. Come enjoy a bountiful Christmas feast prepared especially for you and yours. Celebrate the season with fellowship and let Chestnut Tree handle all the hassle for you. Enjoy a delicious plated meal with fresh garden salad, fresh vegetables, rolls, dessert and beverages including a Holiday Wassel at no extra charge! For more information and to make your reservations today, contact the Chestnut Tree Inn at (828) 497-9702 ext. 333.

Date(s): Dec 07, 2012 - Dec 09, 2012
When: Fri. & Sat. 7:30pm. Sun. 2:30pm
Where: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts

Take a trip back in time to a Christmas celebration World War II style as the USO brings music, Hollywood Stars and comedy across the Atlantic to honor and cheer soldiers during the holiday season. Taken from actual USO shows of the period, Christmas Memories will remind us all that there is no place like home for the holidays.;

The Polar Express
Date(s): Dec 08, 2012
When: 1:00, 2:45, 4:45, 6:30 & 8:15 P.M.
Where: Bryson City Train Depot

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. More info

Robbinsville Christmas Parade
Date(s): Dec 08, 2012
When: 6:00pm
Where: Robbinsville, NC

The Graham County Chamber of Commerce is this year's Christmas parade sponsor with expanded activities such as a tree trimming contest, best decorated business contest and much more! For more information go to or simply call (828) 735-4907.

Breakfast with Santa
Date(s): Dec 08, 2012
When: 8-10am
Where: Swain County Rescue Squad, Bryson Walk, Bryson City, NC

Enjoy a pancake breakfast with Santa for only $3 per person. Bring your own camera to be sure you get your picture taken with Jolly Ole Saint Nick! In the spirit of the season please bring a canned good for the food pantry or a new unwrapped toy for the toy drive! For more information contact (800) 867-9246 oe visit


Bryson City Reindeer Dash 5K
Date(s): Dec 08, 2012
When: Registration begins 7:30am, Race Starts at 9:00am
Where: Swain County Administration Building

Entry fee is $20. Be sure to hang around after the race for hot chocolate and the 38th Annual Swain County Christmas Parade. Awards will be given to male and female finishers, The 5K route will be through Bryson City to Deep Creek and back. For furhter details or to register online by Tuesday 12/4 visit

Underground Railroad Messenger Doll Class
Date(s): Dec 08, 2012
When: 10:30am - 12:30pm
Where: Stecoah Valley Center, Stecoah, NC

Learn to make a soft sculpture doll using a technique of wrapping scraps of material and leave with a "baby" that has a tag intertwined on which you can sign your name. Tuition for the class is $20. Enjoy a creative break this holiday season while making a nice gift for someone on your list this year. To sign up call 828-479-3364 or register online at

37th Annual Festival of Christmases Past
Date(s): Dec 08, 2012
When: 9:30am - 4:00pm
Where: Sugarlands Visitors Center, Gatlinburg, TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park announces the 37th annual Festival Of Christmases Past celebration. The full schedule of the day includes....

9:30am - Old-fashioned Harp singing

11:00am - Old Time Music with Lost Mill String Band

12:00pm - Stories fo the Past panel discussion

1:00pm  - Old Time Music with South of the River Boys

2:00pm  - Old Time Music with Boogertown Gap Band

3:00pm  - Old Time Christmas with Tony Thomas and Judy Carson


"A CHRISTMAS CAROL" presented by the Smoky Mountain Community Theater
Date(s): Dec 08, 2012
When: Friday, Saturday Showtimes 7:30pm; Sunday Showtimes are 2:30pm
Where: Smoky Mountain Community Theater, Main Street, Bryson City, NC

John Jake's adaption of Charles Dickens' story of "A Cristmas Carol". Tickets are $8 for Adults, $5 for students between 6-18yrs and kids under 6yrs are FREE. Tickets are sold at the box office one hour before showtime, located at 134 Main Street, Bryson City, NC. For more information call 828-488-8227 or 508-6645

10th Annual Cookie Walk and Christmas Bazaar
Date(s): Dec 08, 2012
When: 9am till sold out!
Where: Fellowship Hall, Bryson City United Methodist Church, 76 Main Street, Bryson City, NC

Choose from an incredible variety of homemade holiday cookies at $6 per pound and find the perfect gift in the holiday shop as well as breads, decorations, and more.

For more information: Wilma Reppert, 828-488-6208


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Bryson City - Swain County
Chamber of Commerce

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


Karen Proctor Wilmot
Executive Director

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