Children and adults will have an opportunity to learn about and experience some of the traditions surrounding an Appalachian Christmas. Park staff and volunteers will provide hands-on traditional crafts, activities and host the monthly acoustic old-time jam session.
“Musical expression was and still is often a part of daily life in the southern mountains, and mountain music is strongly tied to the Smokies’ history and culture,” said Lynda Doucette, supervisory park ranger. “This month our music jam will focus on traditional holiday tunes. We would like to invite musicians to play and our visitors to join us in singing traditional Christmas carols and holiday songs as was done in the old days.”
The visitor center will be decorated for the holiday season and will include an exhibit on Christmas in the mountains. Hot apple cider and cookies will be served on the porch and a fire will be lit in the fireplace. Support for this event is provided by the Great Smoky Mountains Association.