Photo Courtesy Swain County TDA / Chamber of Commerce

What is magical, jolly, bright, frosty, and sparkly? Christmas, of course. And there’s no better place to spend Christmas than in the Great Smoky Mountains of Western North Carolina. The towns are old-fashioned, the people are friendly, and the nights are peaceful as you sit before a fireplace sipping hot chocolate, or something stronger if you prefer. Bryson City, North Carolina is such a place. Come and visit during the holiday season and see what all this small town has to offer.

Smoky Mountain Christmas Light Spectacular

From November 10th through December 31st, the Great Smoky Mountains Events Park (formerly Inspiration Park) will host the Smoky Mountain Christmas Light Spectacular.  This drive-thru event brings Christmas to life with huge custom built light displays depicting Christmas scenes for people of all ages to enjoy.  Grab your loved ones, pack them in your vehicle, and spend a magical evening at this enchanting event.

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Christmas at Darnell Farms

What better way to enjoy the holiday season than taking a hayride through Christmas lights and enjoying a hot cup of cocoa on a family owned farm? Darnell Farms offers Christmas hayrides along with Christmas trees, wreaths, and more.

Image Source: Image by Jill Wellington from Pixabay 


The Polar Express

Come ride The Polar Express for a magical escapade through the Christmas lit countryside. Begin your adventure at the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad, Bryson City Depot. Board the train and enjoy a round trip ride to the North Pole where Santa and his elves greet you. Santa boards the train and gives each child a special gift.  A truly magical experience from start to finish.

Photo Courtesy Swain County TDA / Chamber of Commerce

Letters to Santa

Join the Swain County Heritage Museum for complimentary hot cocoa and cookies as your children write their letters to Santa in a cozy little setting. Starts 11/10/2022 and ends January 01/02/2023.

Photo Courtesy Swain County TDA / Chamber of Commerce

The Holiday Market

The Holiday Market event on Island Street in Bryson City, North Carolina is held weekends from 11/18 – 12/17 during the holiday season. Smoky Mountain Farmers and Artisan Market vendors offer handmade gifts, crafts, food, pottery, and much more. You’re sure to find the perfect gift for anyone on your list.

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay 

Margaret Marr, is a local author of paranormal, mystery, and suspense laced with romance. She has written over 15 books available on Amazon. 


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