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Tuesday, 22 December 2015 16:32

Christmas in Appalachia

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art onholidayAs the temperatures drop in Western North Carolina, the fun only heats up. The holiday season here is filled with events and activities aimed to celebrate the best way we know how — with friends, family and visitors alike.

Families can partake in wagon rides, iceless skating, craft sales and art demonstrations, all the while enjoying authentic mountain music, clogging and parades through several downtowns. These are just some of the innumerable activities to be had. Each and every date, time and place can be found within this section, each community around the region opening their arms to share in the winter festivities.

It’s a winter wonderland out there. It’s yours for the taking, so reach out and grasp all Southern Appalachia has to offer.

 

Bryson City

• The Polar Express themed train is now running at the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad depot. The classic children’s book comes to life as the train departs 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 depot. For times and prices, click on www.gsmr.com or 800.872.4681.

• The Appalachian Toymaker & Storyteller will be making wooden toys and telling tales on select dates and times at The Storytelling Center of the Southern Appalachian. www.psalmsofthesouth.com or 828.488.5705.

Cherokee

• The Cherokee Lights and Legends Christmas will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturdays through Jan. 2 at the Cherokee Indian Fair Grounds. Interactive displays of Cherokee legends, ice skating, carnival rides, bonfire, mini-golf, and more. Admission is free, with varying prices for skating and other activities. www.visitcherokeenc.com. 

• The Holiday Homecoming celebration will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center. Holiday crafts, cider, traditional music and more. 

Clyde

• The Christmas Eve Candlelight Service will be held at 4:45 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 24, at the Clyde Central United Methodist Church. The program will begin with a harp concert, with Balfour Knight playing well-loved Christmas carol. A short service of music and medication will be at 5 p.m. An offering will be taken, with all proceeds to support mission needs in the local community. 828.627.2287.

Fontana

• The “Christmas in the Smokies” holiday celebration will run through Dec. 31 at Fontana Village Resort. Winter fun, holiday festivities and events. 800.849.2258 or www.fontanavillage.com. 

Waynesville

• The “Twelve Days of Christmas” will run through Dec. 24 in downtown. www.downtownwaynesville.com. 

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