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Events Calendar

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Events in Cherokee

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Events for December
Christmas in the Smokies
Date(s): Dec 01, 2017 - Dec 31, 2017
Where: Fontana Village Resort, Fontana Dam

Load up the car with friends and family and come to the Smokies for a traditional Smoky Mountain lineup of events. Call 800-849-2258 for more information or click here.

43rd Annual Bryson City Christmas Parade
Date(s): Dec 02, 2017
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 43rd 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! 800-867-9246 or click here for more info.

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

The Polar Express
Date(s): Dec 06, 2017 - Dec 24, 2017
When: Multiple departures
Where: Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, Bryson City

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

Christmas Parade 2017
Date(s): Dec 09, 2017
When: 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Where: From the Cherokee Bear Zoo to the Museum of the Cherokee Indian - See more at: http://visitcherokeen

From the Cherokee Bear Zoo to the Museum of the Cherokee Indian - See more at: http://visitcherokeenc.com/events/detail/christmas-parade-2017/#sthash.JBpKqlig.dpuf

Cherokee Lights & Legends
Date(s): Dec 15, 2017 - Jan 12, 2018
When: Thursday, Friday & Saturday 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. & closed through the week of Christmas
Where: Cherokee Indian Fairgrounds

THESE DATES ARE TENTATIVE.....PLEASE CHECK BACK LATER IN THE YEAR FOR EXACT DATES.

 

This event entails a lights display, live Santa Clause, Synthetic Ice Rink, indoor activities including two bouncy houses (16’ slide & a rainbow castle), 9-hole mini golf course, face painting, balloon animals, creating a Par-T-Pet (Similar to Build-a-Bear), as well as an onsite vendor who will provide free cotton candy & popcorn. Outside on the Fairgrounds, there will be food venders, interactive legend exhibits, a bonfire, as well as a 40ft Christmas tree! There will be fun, food, & Fireworks available! An overall great experience for the whole family to enjoy! 

FREE ADDMISSION! 

    $5—Skating (30 minutes)

    $5—Picture with Santa (includes a CD containing one picture)

    $7—All activities inside exhibit hall.

    $10 – For the Par-T-Perfect pets (not included in the bundle)

Back Porch Old Time Music Jam
Date(s): Dec 16, 2017
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 Polar Express
Date(s): Dec 26, 2017 - Dec 31, 2017
When: Multiple departures, special steam excursion available on December 31
Where: Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, Bryson City

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

New Year's Eve Celebration at Fontana
Date(s): Dec 31, 2017
Where: Fontana Village Resort, Fontana, NC

Join us for our New Year's Eve Celebration which includes a dinner buffet at the Mountview Restaurant, live music, and a midnight champagne toast.
For more information and to make your reservations call 828-498-2115 or click here