On the first and third Saturdays of each month, all year, you are welcome to bring an acoustic instrument and join in on this old-time jam. Not a picker? We’ll grinners are needed too! Come kick back and enjoy the sights and sounds as others play traditional Appalachian Music. The jam takes place on the covered porch at the Oconaluftee visitor center, located at the entrance of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park on Hwy 441 in Cherokee.
Famous for his “you might be a redneck if. . . ” one-liners, comedian Jeff Foxworthy has been making America laugh since the early 90’s. And he’s still got it. Tonight Jeff will take the stage at Harrah’s Casino in Cherokee, NC. There are still tickets left, but not many! The casino’s Event Center seats 3,000 people and there isn’t a bad seat in the house. So go check it out and be prepared to laugh until you cry. Entertainment starts at 7:30pm.
Christmas was beautiful here in Western North Carolina. We hope you all had a wonderful time, not matter how you celebrate! Seems like a lot of people were super busy this year. Today in Bryson City, we are running into people who’s Christmas time together has spilled over into the weekend. There is still a lot going on here in this quaint little town and even more planned with a new year on the horizon.
The Great Smoky Mountain Railroad will continue the Polar Express through December 29th and town will remain all lit up in beautiful Christmas glory. Cherokee’s Lights & Legends display will run through January 3rd at the Cherokee Indian Fairgrounds.
So, if you had to work this past week, now is your chance to get out and get caught up!
Every year the Oconaluftee Visitors Center puts on special events to bring people into the park. These programs are designed to educate and bring awareness to the park in a fun way.
On December 20th from 10am-2pm the visitor’s center is hosting live, traditional Appalachian music for their old-fashioned Christmas celebration. Come by to listen, dance, and enjoy hot cider and cookies! You can also pick up last minute Christmas gifts in the gift shop of the visitors center. Choose from local handmade crafts and park souvenirs. They also have an amazing selection of books and maps!
Spreading holiday cheer throughout the Great Smoky Mtn National Park!
Come on down to the Cherokee Indian Fairgrounds for the Cherokee Lights & Legends event. Take a stroll under the lights, view the beautiful 40ft Christmas tree, see Santa and enjoy many interactive displays. There’s also a carnival ride and a synthetic ice rink. Like a winter wonderland in the Smokies!
Tickets are $5 for adults. Children under 5 get in free. Ice skate rentals are $3 for a 30-minute session.
Cherokee Lights & Legends schedule:
5pm-12:30am on New Year’s Eve
There is live entertainment by a local Elvis impersonator at 7pm on December 20 & 31.
This event runs to Januray 3.
Today is a rainy and unusually warm day in the Smokies, but those drops haven’t put a damper on the holiday spirit in the small towns surrounding the park. This morning as I walked through crowds of happy holiday people in Bryson City I could tell that they weren’t letting a little rain stop them. Pajama clad families stand under umbrellas waiting to board the Polar Express. Coffee shops are full of people escaping the wet and warming up with a latte or a simple hot chocolate. Christmas lights seem to twinkle through the sprinkle! We’re not letting a little weather stop us from ringing in the holiday season.
Bryson City’s “Biggest Little Christmas Parade in the Smokies” is scheduled to start at 2pm as planned. Shops are open! Christmas music rings out through the doors and down the sidewalk. Don’t let the rain keep you inside! Come join us!
Since you’re already in the area, the Cherokee Christmas parade starts at 5pm this evening.
The Great Smoky Mountain National Park puts on many special events each year. These events allow you to explore the area and learn the history of the park. The Mountain Farm Museum located behind the Oconaluftee Visitors Center is hosting the Mountain Life Festival. Celebrating the fall harvest with live demonstrations of days gone by, from soap and cider making to good old live mountain music. Hope y’all will join us as we travel back in time. The festival takes place Saturday, September 20th.