Celebrate Easter in WNC
Communities across the mountains are rolling out the green carpet for the Easter bunny over the next two weekends. Check out the “Easter Events” section of the calendar for a full lineup Easter egg hunts, Easter services and even breakfast with the Easter Bunny.
‘Bonnets & Bunnies’ at Dillsboro Easter Hat Parade
Big hats, tall hats, little hats and small hats are all welcome during the 25th annual Easter Hat Parade at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 30, in Dillsboro.
If you can’t find a festive hat, you can make one on the lawn of Dogwood Crafters. Official hat judges award prizes in more than 20 categories.
In addition to colorful hats, the parade features vintage cars provided by the Old Timers Model A Club.
The Easter bunny also hops into the mix. He rides in the parade and is available for photos with children throughout the day. An Easter egg hunt for children begins at 10 a.m. at Dogwood Crafters, which will coincide with the hat making.
Dogwood Crafters also presents an English tea at 1 and 3 p.m., at the Jarrett House Inn. Tea and food will be served on fine china, with the artisans from Dogwood Crafters showcasing their cooking skills by preparing the delicacies. Cost is $12 per person.
800.962.1911 or www.visitdillsboro.org.
Come celebrate Easter at Lake Junaluska
Grab your Easter basket and head to Lake Junaluska March 30-31 for an exciting weekend of Easter activities.
On Saturday, March 30, Easter crafts and egg decorating for children will start at 10 a.m. at the Harrell Center Auditorium. The famed Lake Junaluska egg hunts will commence at 10:30 a.m., grouped by age. The hunt for 1- to 3-year-olds is at 10:30 a.m.; 4- to 7-year-old at 10:45 a.m.; and 8- to 12-year-olds at 11 a.m. Awards for the egg decorating contest will be held at 11:45 a.m.
On Sunday, March 31, there will be an “Easter Sunrise Service” at the Amphitheater at the Cross, with a breakfast buffet to follow from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the Lambuth Inn. At 10:30 a.m., Long’s Chapel will hold a UMC Easter Service in Stuart Auditorium.
A lunch buffet will then run from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Terrance Hotel. Tickets for the buffet are available online and at the Terrace Hotel Front Desk. Reservations may also be made by calling 828.454.6662.
Easter activities are presented by Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center and Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department.
The mission of Lake Junaluska is to be a place of Christian hospitality where lives are transformed through renewal of soul, mind, and body.
828.452.2881 or www.lakejunaluska.com/easter.
Friends of the Lake 5K, Family Walk, and Children’s Fun Run will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 30, as part of Easter festivities at Lake Junaluska. See the outdoors section for details.
Easter Beagle Express stops in Bryson City
The PEANUTS Easter Beagle Express will roll into the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad with special rides at 11 a.m. March 29 and 30 departing from Bryson City.
The train will travel into Dillsboro for a one-hour layover on Friday and a two-hour layover on Saturday. Passengers will join Snoopy, Lucy, Charlie Brown and our Easter bunnies for old-fashioned Easter fun. Riders will also go on an Easter egg hunt.
Tickets start at $51 per adult, $29 per child (age 2 through 12). 800.872.4681 or www.gsmr.com.