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Great Smoky Mountains National Park Ranger-led programs and music jams at the Park Visitor Center, Cherokee.

Live Music Venues - Bryson City and surrounding area entertainment venues.

Swain County Farmer’s Market 9 am - 1 pm, Fridays, May - October.

Movies On Everett Outdoor screen, begins at dusk. Fridays, June & July. Parking lot behind red caboose. Bring or rent lawn chair.


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Oconaluftee Indian Village

Date(s): Apr 18, 2017 - Nov 11, 2017

When: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, Monday - Saturday

Where: Oconaluftee Indian Village

Mon-Sat; closed Sundays. As you step into the Oconaluftee Indian Village, you’re transported back to witness the challenges of Cherokee life at a time of rapid cultural change. Tour guides help you explore the historic events and figures of the 1760's. Visitors can interact with villagers as they  participate in their daily activities. The Village also hosts live reenactments, interactive demonstrations, and Hands-On Cherokee Pottery for Kids classes. More info

The Polar Express

Date(s): Nov 10, 2017 - Nov 11, 2017

When: Multiple departures

Where: Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, Bryson City

The Polar Express

The 1 ¼ hour round-trip excursion on the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad comes to life as the train departs Bryson City 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 or click here

"Unncorked " - Wine & Dine Train Event

Date(s): Nov 11, 2017

When: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Where: Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Depot

"Unncorked " - Wine & Dine Train Event

Full service all-adult first class ride on the Tuckasegee River Excursion (includes stopover in historic Dillsboro). Narrator onboard to discuss each pairing of four wines with a meal that includes an exclusive sampling of local cheeses, a freshly made surf & turf entree and selection of handmade chocolates with the last sample taste. All passengers also receive souvenir stemless wine glass. Age 21 and over only. 800-872-4681 or click here

Hike the Smokies: North Shore Road Loop

Date(s): Nov 14, 2017

Friends of the Smokies guided hikes in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park feature interpretation of the featured trail, history, and park projects supported by Friends of the Smokies.
The North Shore Road Loop hike is 9.4 miles with a moderate 1,350 foot ascent and features a historic tunnel with the highlight of the hike being brook trout restoration.
828-452-0720 or click here

The Polar Express

Date(s): Nov 17, 2017 - Nov 22, 2017

When: Multiple departures

Where: Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, Bryson City

The Polar Express

The 1 ¼ hour round-trip excursion on the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad comes to life as the train departs Bryson City 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 or click here

Back Porch Old Time Music Jam

Date(s): Nov 18, 2017

When: 1:00 - 3:00 pm

Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, 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. On the covered porch at the visitor center. More info

Thanksgiving Family Festivities at Fontana

Date(s): Nov 23, 2017 - Nov 26, 2017

Where: Fontana Village Resort, Fontana Dam

Bring the family to the Smokies for endless fun, entertainment and a classic Thanksgiving buffet at the Mountview Restaurant. Enjoy guided hikes, square dancing, and much more! Call 800-849-2258 or click here.

The Polar Express

Date(s): Nov 24, 2017 - Nov 26, 2017

When: Multiple departures

Where: Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, Bryson City

The Polar Express

The 1 ¼ hour round-trip excursion on the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad comes to life as the train departs Bryson City 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 or click here

Arts & Crafts Studio Drive About Tour

Date(s): Nov 24, 2017 - Nov 25, 2017

When: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm daily

Where: Multiple Locations

Enjoy the works of local artisans by visiting different studios and galleries, meeting the artisans and watching them work. Bryson City, Stecoah, and Robbinsville areas. Free, driving tour.  More info

 

Bryson City Spirit Of Christmas

Date(s): Nov 25, 2017

When: 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Where: Downtown Bryson City

Bryson City Spirit Of Christmas

Carol with Santa from the caboose at Everett Street to the town square for the town Christmas Tree lighting ceremony. Afterwards step across the street to the Visitor Center for hot cocoa and cookies, letter writing to Santa, and a visit with St. Nick himself! In the true Spirit of Christmas bring a canned good to donate to the food pantry or a new unwrapped gift for for the local toy drive! 800-867-9246 or click here for more info.

Event sponsors: Duke Energy, Swain Community Hospital, and Swain County Tourism Development Authority.

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