Holiday Events in Haywood County
Pour a mug of cocoa, pack some Christmas treats and bundle the family into the car for the Strand of Lights Drive-Thru Christmas Light Show at the Smoky Mountain Event Center.
Bringing the outdoors inside — with Christmas trees — is reflected in this year’s Christmas decorating theme at the Biltmore Estate, “Winter Landscapes.”
• Strand of Lights Drive-Thru Christmas Light Show: Through Dec. 30, with timed entries at 6, 7 and 8 p.m. Wind through the campus of the Smoky Mountain Event Center and be wowed by the spectacular light displays. 758 Crabtree Road, Waynesville. Reserve a time slot at www.38main.com.
Haywood’s Historic Farmers Market will hold its annual Holiday Market Series from 9 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Dec.17
HART Theatre brings some humor to the stage this holiday season with A Christmas Story, the tale of young Ralphie and his quest to receive a Red Ryder carbine action air rifle for Christmas.
Double the holiday cheer with two magical evenings in downtown Waynesville during “A Night Before Christmas,” held from 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10 and 17.
The Cataloochee Chapter of Trout Unlimited will hold its annual Christmas party from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13, at Maggie Valley Tavern.
Candlelight tours of the historic Shelton House in Waynesville will be held Friday and Saturday, Dec. 16-17.
Learn about the holiday customs and traditions from cultures around the world during the Season of Light Multicultural Holiday Celebration at the Pigeon Community Multicultural Development Center in Waynesville.
• Strand of Lights Drive-Thru Christmas Light Show: Wind through the campus of the Smoky Mountain Event Center and be wowed by the spectacular light displays. Through Dec. 30, with timed entries at 6, 7 and 8 p.m. 758 Crabtree Road, Waynesville. www.38main.com.
The countdown to Christmas is on, and the Winter Wonderland Market will help you knock out your shopping list from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday Dec. 10, at the Smoky Mountain Event Center.
Ready for a fun event and to help children have a happy holiday this Christmastime?
Experience the magic of Christmas at Lake Junaluska with carriage rides offered noon-3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11.
Fines Creek Memorial Baptist Church has a spectacular Christmas program in store for the community.
The community is invited to join Maple Grove United Methodist Church in celebrating the Christmas season, with the choir presenting the cantata, “A Noel Celebration,” by Lloyd Larson at 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park will host a Holiday Homecoming from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center and Mountain Farm Museum.
Women of Long’s Chapel UMC and guests are invited to enjoy a beautiful night from 5:30–7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, at the “Festival of Tables” and dinner theater.
Experience the joy of an Appalachian Christmas and the opening of the Shelton House Tinsel Trail from 5-7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at historic Shelton House in Waynesville.
The second annual All Lighted Jeep Parade will make its way down Soco Road in Maggie Valley at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3.
Catch an epic 12 hours of music for $12 at a fundraiser for REACH of Haywood County from noon–11 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at Frog Level Brewing in Waynesville.
Downtown Waynesville has added a new signature to its arsenal of Christmas decor this year: an official town tree.
Parades are the unofficial start of the holiday event season, and Haywood residents have three to pick from, each with their own flair.
Join the seasonal magic of a Lantern Stroll through downtown Waynesville on Sunday, Dec. 4, starting at 5 p.m.
The second annual Kris Kringle Market will be held from 3:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, at the site of the Smathers Farmers and Public Market in downtown Canton.
A festive Christmas shopping event with a DIY gift-wrapping station to benefit Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation will be held from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, at Cornerstone Mercantile in the Frog Level district of Waynesville.
The Haywood Choral Society will present a free “Home for the Holidays” concert at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at the Waynesville First United Methodist Church.
This year’s Canton Tour of Homes might well be the best bargain around.
Canton has rolled out a bevy of festive new holiday decorations after last year’s flooding destroyed most of the town’s stock of Christmas decor.
Feline Urgent Rescue of Western North Carolina is ringing in the holidays with a special kitty adoption day.
A tree-lighting ceremony for Canton’s new 39-foot tall Christmas tree will be held at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 30, in Sorrells Street Park in downtown Canton.
Lake Junaluska has come alive with the look and feel of Christmas.
• Strand of Lights Drive-Thru Christmas Light Show: Nov. 25–Dec. 30, with timed entries at 6, 7 and 8 p.m. Wind through the campus of the Smoky Mountain Event Center and be wowed by the spectacular light displays. 758 Crabtree Road, Waynesville. www.38main.com
The Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department is organizing trips to two WNC nighttime light festivals in December. Transportation is provided for the outings, which cost $10 for members and $12 for nonmembers.
The Canton Christmas Parade will have a new route and traffic pattern this year, one that town officials hope will finally be the winning formula for the parade happening at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1.
After a wildly successful inaugural year, the Strand of Lights Drive-Thru Christmas Light Show will return to the Smoky Mountain Event Center this holiday season with a bevy of new displays.
Behold the sights, sounds and excitement of the birth of Jesus Christ during a drive-thru or walk-thru Live Christmas Story from 6:30–8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 16-17, at Long’s Chapel United Methodist Church.
A theatrical version of the iconic holiday movie “A Christmas Story” will be on stage at Haywood Arts Regional Theater for two weekends: Dec. 9-11 and 16-18.
Winchester Creek Farm is offering holiday-themed farm tours — including a visit with Santa — from Nov. 25–Dec. 24.
Get into the holiday spirit and have fun making a one-of-a-kind fresh wreath to grace the home during the annual Master Gardener Wreath-Making Workshop on Saturday, Dec. 17, at the cooperative extension in Waynesville.
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