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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. 5-8 pm, Tuesdays, June 14 - August 16.

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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Cherokee Lights & Legends Christmas Event

Date(s): Dec 02, 2016 - Dec 03, 2016

When: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Friday & Saturday only

Where: Cherokee Indian Fairgrounds

Free admission; some inexpensive entertainment options. Enjoy the lights displays, live Santa Claus, synthetic ice rink, bazaar, food venders, bouncy houses, 9-hole mini-golf, face painting and a 40-foot Christmas tree. Fireworks begin at 9 pm on New Year's Eve. More info

Michael O'Brien

Date(s): Dec 02, 2016

When: 7:30 pm

Where: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, Franklin

Michael O'Brien

Michael O'Brien is probably most known from his 7 year tenure as lead singer of the Christian band Newsong. But, he has actually been in the music ministry for some 20 years now and has built a reputation as an incredibly gifted singer/ songwriter. Michael is thrilled to be bringing his Christmas celebration to stages around the country in this most wonderful and sacred time of the year. More info

Christmas Arts & Crafts Show

Date(s): Dec 03, 2016

When: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Where: Stecoah Valley Center

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

Back Porch Old Time Music Jam

Date(s): Dec 03, 2016

When: 1:00 - 3:00 pm

Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

First and Third Saturdays, all year. 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

Christmas with the Celts

Date(s): Dec 03, 2016

When: 7:30 pm

Where: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, Franklin

Christmas with the Celts

The Celts have been performing around the world for over 15 years and are made up of Irish born and Irish-American musicians. Their spectacular Christmas show is a blend of ancient traditional Irish and Scottish Christmas Carols mixed with American Christmas favorites but performed with Irish instrumentation such as uilleann pipes, whistles, bodhran, fiddle and more. More info

42nd Annual Bryson City Christmas Parade

Date(s): Dec 03, 2016

When: 2:00 pm

Where: Downtown Bryson City

Have you ever been to a small town Christmas Parade? Then join us as we celebrate our 42nd Annual Bryson City Christmas Parade complete with floats, marching bands, homecoming queens, fire trucks, antique cars, and of course Santa and Mrs. Claus. Make this a holiday tradition for you and your family for years to come! More info

Event sponsors: Duke Energy, Swain Community Hospital, Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort, Town of Bryson City, Conmet, N.C. Clampitt Ace Hardware, Swain County Tourism Development Authority.

 

Folk School Fireside Sale

Date(s): Dec 04, 2016

When: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Where: John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown

Stroll through the beautifully decorated Keith House and shop for holiday gifts made by local and regional artists. More treasures await in the Music Studio, and don't miss the Craft Shop's annual sale. Free admission.

More info or or call 800-FOLK-SCH.

Friends of the Smokies Classic Hike Series: Grotto Falls on Trillium Gap Trail

Date(s): Dec 06, 2016

Join Friends of the Smokies for monthly guided hikes in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park featuring interpretation and leadership by author and hiking expert Danny Bernstein. Each hike highlights an achievement or cause that Friends of the Smokies has supported in the Park.
This month's hike is Grotto Falls on Trillium Gap Trail; a 7 mile (round trip) trail of 1,000 ascent and moderate difficulty. Grotto Falls on Trillium Gap Trail features profuse waterfalls. The theme of the hike is Roaring Fork visitor amenities.
To register or for more information: AnnaLee@friendsofthesmokies.com, 828-452-0720, or click here

Cherokee Lights & Legends Christmas Event

Date(s): Dec 09, 2016 - Dec 10, 2016

When: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Friday & Saturday only

Where: Cherokee Indian Fairgrounds

Free admission; some inexpensive entertainment options. Enjoy the lights displays, live Santa Claus, synthetic ice rink, bazaar, food venders, bouncy houses, 9-hole mini-golf, face painting and a 40-foot Christmas tree. Fireworks begin at 9 pm on New Year's Eve. More info

Cherokee Christmas Parade

Date(s): Dec 10, 2016

When: 5:30 pm

Where: Downtown Cherokee

Parade begins at Whitewater Path Road and travels up US 441. Floats, bands, and of course Santa. All floats are lighted and it is a beautiful night-time event. More info

MercyMe

Date(s): Dec 10, 2016

When: 7:30 pm

Where: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, Franklin

MercyMe

Since their inception, MercyMe's music has fueled a continual dialog both among people of faith and those who are grasping for it. Whether offering up encouragement with their multi-format hit "I Can Only Imagine" or their 13 consecutive top 5 singles on the Billboard Christian Songs chart, with 7 of them reaching No. 1. More info

The Nutcracker Ballet

Date(s): Dec 16, 2016 - Dec 17, 2016

When: Times vary

Where: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, Franklin

The Nutcracker Ballet

Friday, 7 pm. Saturday, 2 pm & 7 pm. Set to the music of Tchaikovsky, this heart-warming holiday classic is perfect for the entire family. A full, two-act ballet presented by A Family of Friends Productions in conjunction with Betsy's School of Dance. More info

Cherokee Lights & Legends Christmas Event

Date(s): Dec 16, 2016 - Dec 17, 2016

When: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Friday & Saturday only

Where: Cherokee Indian Fairgrounds

Free admission; some inexpensive entertainment options. Enjoy the lights displays, live Santa Claus, synthetic ice rink, bazaar, food venders, bouncy houses, 9-hole mini-golf, face painting and a 40-foot Christmas tree. Fireworks begin at 9 pm on New Year's Eve. More info

Back Porch Old Time Music Jam

Date(s): Dec 17, 2016

When: 1:00 - 3:00 pm

Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

First and Third Saturdays, all year. 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

The Potter's Wheel Series Featuring Laurey-Faye Dean of Balsam

Date(s): Dec 24, 2016

When: 12:00 - 5:00 pm

Where: The Wild Fern, Bryson City

The Wild Fern is hosting several local potters at the studio throughout the year. Stop by to see works from the potter's collection and chat with these talented artists as they create on the wheel and share their unique styles. 15 Everett Street. Full schedule

Cherokee Lights & Legends Christmas Event

Date(s): Dec 30, 2016 - Dec 31, 2016

When: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Friday & Saturday only

Where: Cherokee Indian Fairgrounds

Free admission; some inexpensive entertainment options. Enjoy the lights displays, live Santa Claus, synthetic ice rink, bazaar, food venders, bouncy houses, 9-hole mini-golf, face painting and a 40-foot Christmas tree. Fireworks begin at 9 pm on New Year's Eve. More info

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