|TRAVEL GUIDE TO BRYSON CITY AND THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS|
Bryson City, North Carolina
A Small Town With Big Holiday Spirit!
Tis the season to visit the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina. We're small towns, big smiles, friendly people and plenty of crisp, clean air. We've got great hiking trails, sparkling waterfalls and fishing streams ... and cozy B&Bs, cabins, motels and resorts for relaxing at the end of the day.
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. There are concerts, a Christmas play, a parade and much more.
Learn more about our Holiday Season which begins Thanksgiving Weekend on our Holiday Traditions page.
Have a big vacation in a small town!
88 page BOOKLET
Vacation Guides Available
It's a great reference guide to events, places to stay and dine, and things to do... right here in the Smokies.
TAKE A MAGICAL TRAIN RIDE
The Polar Express
Is Waiting For You!
Take a magical ride to the North Pole on the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad's Polar Express Train Ride. The 1-1/2 hour round-trip excursion comes to life as the train departs the Bryson City depot for a journey through the quiet wilderness for a special visit at the North Pole. Polar Express runs from through December 29. Information and ticketing.
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. New this year - expanded North Pole Village.
Children’s faces show the magic of the season when the train arrives at the North Pole to find Santa Claus waiting. Santa will board the Polar Express, greeting each child and presenting them with a special gift as in the story, their own silver sleigh bell. Christmas carols will be sung as they return back to the Bryson City Depot.
THE PARK'S QUARTERLY NEWS
Smokies Guide Now Available Online
Most visitors to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park have picked up a copy of the 16-page quarterly Smokies Guide at a visitors center. And now you can read it online before your visit to the Smokies.
Rainy Day? There's still plenty to do in the Smokies. For somesuggestions, click here (pdf)
Things To Do in the Smokies
Upcoming Events in the North Carolina Smokies
"A Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas" Play. Smoky Mountain Community Theatre. Dec 6-9, 13-15. More info
Saturday, December 14 - Indoor Arts & Crafts Show & Sale, Stecoah Valley Center, 10 am - 5 pm. More info. Concert on the Square in Bryson City featuring the Swain County High School Chorus, 6-7 pm.
Saturday, December 21. Holiday Homecoming, 10 am - 2 pm. 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 8 - December 30 - Ride the Polar Express from Bryson City to the North Pole. Info
bryson city & Swain County
Read All About Us!
Readers of Blue Ridge Country magazine (July/August 2013) have weighed in on "The Best of the Mountains" for 2013. Bryson City won a Platinum Award for "Friendliest Town", and a Gold Award for "Best Fourth of July Destination." The Nantahala River won a Platinum Award for "Best Whitewater River" and the Oconaluftee Visitor Center shared a Platinum Award with Sugarlands for "Best Visitor Center." Read
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Bryson City, NC 28713
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"Postcards From The Smokies" chronicles the landmarks and activities that make the Smokies a great place to live and visit.