Plan now for a wonderful holiday season in the mountains! Polar Express train rides, visits with Santa, letters to Santa and hot cocoa, great gift shopping, beautiful lights and small town charm are all a part of life in Bryson City over the holidays. During this busy tourist season, expect wait times at restaurants. Reservations, where accepted, are recommended. Learn more

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Discover what’s great about Bryson City, a peaceful mountain town bordering the Great Smoky Mountains National Park with unique shops, galleries, lodging and restaurants.

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Surrounding our small town, there’s a rich vacation paradise — rafting and kayaking on the Nantahala River, boating and fishing on Fontana Lake, scenic railroad excursions, world class trout streams and mountain biking on the famous Tsali trails. We have creeks for tubing, trails for hiking and horseback riding, and beautiful waterfalls. We’re home to the Cherokee Indian Reservation and the North Carolina half of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

And we’re close by — just an hour west of Asheville and three hours north of Atlanta.

Upcoming Events in the North Carolina Smokies

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Holiday Season event schedule

Polar Express – November 10 - December 31.Santa at Heritage Museum, 1-4 pm Dec. 16 & 23. "A Christmas Story" - Smoky Mountain Community Theatre, December 15-18. Saturday, December 16 - Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee: Holiday Homecoming, 10 am - noon followed by Back Porch Music Jam, 1-3 pm. Nanta Claus Party & Ugly Holiday Sweater Contest - December 16, 6 pm at Nantahala Brewing. Area music venues.

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Bryson City, NC — 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; Polar Express spirit is in the air, and our shops offer plenty of gifts and one-of-a-kind arts and crafts, as well as tasty foods and wines.

Learn more about our Holiday Season which begins Thanksgiving Weekend on our Holiday Traditions page.

Have a big vacation in a small town!