December Events

1st Canton Christmas Parade, Downtown Canton 6:00PM Call 829-648-3535.


1st – 23rd   Get ready for the holidays by visiting “Choose & Cut Trees” at Boyd

Mountain Tree Farm. Open daily 9am – 5pm Located at 143 Boyd Farm Road,     Waynesville. Take Hwy 276 to Hemphill Road, Cross bridge & immediately

turn left onto Boyd Farm Road follow to Log Cabins. (828) 506-3513


1st -24th    Come enjoy the experience and the magic of the “Polar Express.”

Meet Santa; enjoy caroling, hot chocolate and a treat. Call Great

Smoky Mtn. Railroad at 800-872-4681 for reservations.


1st – 31st  Candlelight Christmas Evenings at the Biltmore House. Firelight

and candlelight fill the house with a warm glow. Enjoy roving carolers,

choirs singing European carols, ballet dancers twirling in the winter

garden. Reservations required. 800-411-3812


1st – Jan 1st National Gingerbread House Display at the Grove Park Inn. Contestants

from across the country will bring architectural masterpieces to the

Grove Park Inn, Asheville. Call 800-438-0050 for more information.


1st –Jan.1st  “Stories of Gingerbread” guided tours are available at the Grove Park Inn,

Asheville Go behind the scenes and get details about the construction of the

winning entries and the workings of the judging, competition and display itself.

The hour-long tours are offered Wednesday- Sunday, 9 AM and 3 PM.

Adults: $12, Children: 12 & under $6. Advance reservations are required.

Call 1-800-438-5800.


1st – Jan 1 “Christmas at Biltmore” This tradition was started in 1895 and is

continued still. Enjoy America’s largest home decorated with dozens

of trees, hundreds of wreaths, bows and poinsettia’s. 9AM – 5PM




2nd “Art After Dark” A special holiday edition with hundreds of luminaries lining

the sidewalks. More than a dozen galleries and studios remain open till 9pm

offering demonstrations, special showings, refreshments and music.

Waynesville’s Main Street and Historic Frog Level section. FREE 6-9pm,


2nd “Dwight Yokam” will be performing at Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center.

7:30PM show. Call 800 – 748-3000 for ticket information.


2nd – 4th    Dickens Festival – Asheville’s Historic Biltmore Village transforms

itself into a quaint Victorian village. Refreshments, carriage rides, strolling

vocalists and instrumentalists in period costumes. Hours: Fri. 5 -7,

Sat. 11 -7, Sun.1-5. Call: 828-274-8788 for more information.


3rd Maggie Valley Christmas Parade will start at 6pm at the Ghost Town parking

lot and follow Hwy. 19 to the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds.

For more information call 828-926-0866.


3rd Cherokee Christmas parade will begin at 5:30pm near the Cherokee Bear Zoo down Main Street to 441N. Call 828-438-1601 for more information.


3rd “A Living Nativity” sponsored by The 3rd Generation Barn Loft will be

at 84 Frank Mann Road. Free Admission. 6:30 – 8:30PM Walk thru to

see live animals and characters, inside historic barn, music. Exit 33 from

I-40, go towards Leicester about ¾ mile, fork left onto N. Hominy Road, then

first right on Frank Mann Road. May bring non perishable food item

for the Canton Community Kitchen and place it in the manger.


3rd Balsam Range will kick off their “Winter Concert Series” at the Colonial Theater

in Canton. They will be joined by John Wiggins to “Honor, Recognize and Celebrate Haywood County Meals on Wheels”. Tickets are on sale now at  HYPERLINK “” 7:30 show $25


4th “Can You Ski Food & Coat Drive” Cataloochee Ski Area in Maggie Valley. Help us give back to the community by bringing 10 cans of food or a warm winter coat of good quality and receive your lift ticket on that Sunday from 8:30 to 4:30 for free. Call 800-768-0285 for more information!


4th “Christmas Service in a Stable” sponsored by The 3rd Generation

Barn Loft will be at 84 Frank Mann Road. 6:30 – 7:15PM Worship with

the animals present, sing carols, hear Christmas stories, special music & scripture. Very casual, dress warmly. Exit 33 from I-40, go towards Leicester about ¾ mile, fork left onto N. Hominy Road, then first right on Frank Mann Road.


4th – 7th New for 2011, The Grove “Bark” Inn Gingerbread Doghouse Competition & Display! Similar to The National Gingerbread House Competition™, but with

a twist, contestants are invited to build a doghouse made entirely of edible materials. FREE Event. Call 800-438-0500 for more information.


5th Downtown Waynesville Christmas Parade. 6pm. The downtown street will be ablaze for this years “Make the Season Bright” themed parade. Call 828-456-3517 for more information.


9th – 11th An Appalachian Christmas – David Holt and the Junaluska Singers headline        this Christmas Concert and craft show.  Call 828-452-2881 for more information.


9th – 12th    Asheville Ballet – The Nutcracker – A holiday tradition in Asheville for 35 years. At the Diana Wortham Theatre. Call 828-257-4530 for ticket information.


10th “A Night before Christmas” Come share the Holiday Tradition with downtown Waynesville. Caroling, live music, live Nativity, pictures with Santa, old-fashioned wagon rides. Shops & restaurants will stay open till 9pm. Call 828-456-3517 for more information.


18th Cataloochee Ski Area Holiday Season Begins in Maggie Valley- Holiday rates apply everyday during the holidays through January 2nd 2011. Enjoy night skiing every night, except Christmas Eve night, even New Years Eve. Call

800-768-0285 for more information.


18th Scheduled opening day for Tube World in Maggie Valley.

828-926-0285 for more information.


18th Asheville Symphony continues a beautiful family tradition of performing your favorite music from the holidays with   “Holiday at Pops” at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium. 3 PM matinee. 828-254-7046


19th   The Moscow Ballet’s “Great Russian Nutcracker” will be performed at Thomas Wolfe Auditorium in Asheville. 7:30 performance. Call 828-259-5544 for ticket information.


25th Come Ski with Santa at Cataloochee Ski Area in Maggie Valley –  Cataloochee opens at 1:00pm for skiing. Make us part of your family Christmas Day Celebration & join us for turkey & all the trimmings in the lodge. Open until 10pm Call 800-768-0285 for more information.


31st “All Gospel New Year’s Eve Show” with Balsam Range! Will be held at

Thad Woods Auction Barn. 25 Muse Business Park, Waynesville.

7PM – Midnight. $15 Make your reservations now at 828-456-3298.


31st New Year’s Eve Fireworks at the Cherokee Indian Fairgrounds. Starting at approximately 8PM. Call 800-438-1601 for further information.


We have made every attempt to include all events for the area. If you have an event you would like for us to include please call 828-926-1686 with details.





Restaurants open Christmas Day!

We have not heard back from all restaurants at this time!

PLEASE Call highlighted restaurants for reservations!

Cataloochee Ski Area       828-926-0285    Opens at 1PM

Salty Dog’s Seafood       828-926-9105 11am – 9pm

Charlie’s Bar & Grill       828-926-0999 11am – 8pm

Harrah’s Casino       828-497-7777    Cherokee

Hurley’s Restaurant       828-926-1566 Noon – 6pm

The Tap Room                      828-456-3551     Waynesville

China King       828-235-8815 Canton

Waffle House     Waynesville

Huddle House     Waynesville



We have made every attempt to include all restaurants in the area. 

If we have left anyone out please let us know at 828-926-1686.