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SMOKY MOUNTAINS CHRISTMAS
       



Make your plans now to ride the Polar Express on the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad.  Celebrate the Christmas season with a visit to the Biltmore, all decorated in beautiful holiday decorations as the Biltmore celebrates Christmas.  If you are a ski buff, skiing at Cataloochee Ski Area in Maggie Valley begins in November.  Pick out your fresh cut Christmas tree and bring your tree home.  You can even see real reindeer!

The Holiday Season has arrived and what better reason to create special memories this year than by planning a  holiday getaway to the North Carolina Mountains.  Ride the Polar Express on the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, visit the Biltmore all decorated for the holidays, plan a skiing trip or an outing snow tubing at Cataloochee Ski Area and choose a fresh Christmas tree.


Whether you are planning a trip before the holidays to do some shopping in local specialty, antique, craft stores, visit one of the local tree farms to pick out and cut your Christmas tree, go skiing or snow tubing at Cataloochee Ski Area or spend some romantic, relaxing time, de-stressing during the holiday season with your loved ones, this Cherokee NC cabin rental offers the ideal location and experience.


 
Get in the spirit of Christmas with an escape from the hustle and bustle to the North Carolina Mountains.  

POLAR EXPRESS-GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS RAILROAD
Ride the Polar Express to the North Pole on the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad.
The Polar Express™/Bryson City Depot
Departing Bryson City November 6-December 23.

The Polar Express
11/6/2009 - 12/23/2009
 The Polar Express comes to life when the train departs Bryson city for a train ride to the North Pole. Read along with the magical story and meet Santa. The Polar Express features holiday caroling, hot cocoa, a special treat and a memento for the children.The Great Smoky Mountains Polar Express comes to life when the train departs the Bryson City depot for a fun-filled Christmas journey to the "North Pole". Guests on board will enjoy hot chocolate and treats and listen to thel story. Experience the fun and joy of watching the children's faces when the train arrives at our "North Pole," where Santa Claus will be waiting. Santa will board The Polar Express where he will greet each child and present them with a special memento. Holiday carols will be sung on the return trip to Bryson City. Families will want to make this a holiday tradition!  Daily departure times vary. Ticket price includes admission to the Smoky Mountain Trains Museum! Families will want to make this an annual holiday tradition.  Hurry and make your reservations early as the Polar Express sells out every year!
Great Smoky Mountains Railroad - 1-800-872-4681
Great Smoky Mountains Polar Express Travels to the North Pole
The 1 ¼ hour round-trip excursion comes to life as the train departs the Bryson City depot for a journey through the quiet wilderness for a special visit at our North Pole. Guests on board will enjoy hot cocoa and a treat while listening and reading along with the magical story. Children’s faces show the magic of the season when the train arrives at our “North Pole” to find Santa Claus waiting. Santa will board The Polar Express™, greeting each child and presenting them with a special gift as in the story, their own sleigh bell. Christmas carols will be sung as they return back to the Bryson City Depot.
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Take Santa Back To The North Pole!
Join the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad in a special Polar Express excursion. Take Santa Claus back home to the North Pole excursions run daily December 26 - 30, at 5:00pm and 6:30pm. Ticket prices are $38 for adults, $26 for children ages 2-12. Children under two years old ride complimentary. First Class Upgrades available.
The 1 ¼ hour round-trip excursion departs the Bryson City depot for a journey to the North Pole with Santa on board. Santa will greet each child and present them with a special gift as in the story. Once the train arrives at the North Pole, Santa will deboard and return to his sleigh and wave goodbye to passengers. On the return trip to Bryson City, guests will enjoy hot cocoa and a treat, while listening and reading along with the magical story.


The Polar Express comes to life when the train departs Bryson city for a journey to our North pole. Read along with the magical story and meet Santa. The Polar Express features holiday caroling, hot cocoa, a special treat and a memento for the children. Daily departure times vary. Ticket price includes admission to the Smoky Mountain Trains Museum! Families will want to make this an annual holiday tradition.
 Hurry and make your reservations early as the Polar Express on the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad sells out every year!

The Polar Express™ Dinner Train/Dillsboro Depot/Beginning November 16 - December 23
Make your journey to the North Pole in style. Polar Express dining trains depart from the Dillsboro Depot at 4:15pm and 7:15pm on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays begining November 16th. A 7:15PM dining train is available most other nights November 16 - December 23rd.
Make your reservations early.

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REINDEER!
Tom Sawyer Christmas Tree and Reindeer Farm
along with
Miss Vicki's Holiday Fixin's
4866 Hwy 107 North
Glenville, NC 28736
1-828-743-5456
1-800-662-7008
Tucked away in the North Carolina Mountains is the Tom Sawyer Christmas Tree and Reindeer Farm. Over 80 acres of farms dedicated to growing Fraser Fir Christmas trees. open rain, shine or snow. 9:00AM til 5:00PM beginning the Saturday before Thanksgiving.
(Closed Thanksgiving Day)
Take your tree home tied on your car or they can ship your tree.

       
 

THE BILTMORE ESTATE CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION


Daytime Celebration
November 7, 2008–January 4, 2009

Biltmore Estate is even open Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Days.
George Vanderbilt  revealed his new estate to family and friends on Christmas Eve 1895 with an extravagant Christmas celebration. You have to see this year’s lavish Christmas celebration that includes holiday music, miles and miles of evergreen garland, hundreds of poinsettias, dozens of Christmas trees, hundreds of wreaths, and the highlight: magnificently decorated  35-foot tall Fraser Fir. You'll hear festive Christmas music from the Banquet Hall organ.


Candlelight Christmas Evenings
November 7, 2008–January 3, 2009

View the historic Biltmore House illuminated by candles, firelight and twinkling Christmas tree lights. Get into the Christmas spirit with roving carolers, live holiday music, choirs singing European Christmas carols, and ballet dancers dancing in the Winter Garden.


New This Year
The Front Lawn of Biltmore House will be transformed into a majestic forest sparkling with thousands of lights. An enormous evergreen tree is the glorious centerpiece decked in holiday lights and surrounded by an array of evergreens in every size. See America’s largest home bathed in the glow of thousands of Christmas lights.


Ticket Information
Ticket prices vary. The estate is open on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Days. General tours are self-guided. In addition to Biltmore House, admission includes the grounds, Biltmore Estate Winery, the Farm Village, specialty gift shops and restaurants.


       

 
Christmas Lights

Dillsboro Festival of Lights and Luminaries
12/5/2008 - 12/13/2008
(First and Second Friday & Saturday each December)

Journey back to the days of yesteryear with small town charming festivities as Dillsboro presents its annual Festival of Lights and Luminaries. Experience the magic as the entire town is transformed into a winter wonderland of lights, candles, laughter and song.
Live music, refreshments, and shops open late.


Bryson City
Spirit of Christmas: A community Christmas celebration with living nativity scenes, caroling, luminaries, Santa and Mrs. Claus, wagon rides and treats from Bryson City merchants.  Bryson City Christmas Parade: One of the biggest small town Christmas parades in the mountains! Holiday events begin at 8:30 am with Breakfast with Santa. Usually held the first weekend in December.


 Gatlinburg
Annual Gatlinburg Winterfest featuring Gatlinburg Winter Magic - The City of Gatlinburg magically lights up the winter nights with over three million spectacular lights. Map of lights  

In Gatlinburg they know how to celebrate Christmas in the mountains of Tennessee. For one thing, they stretch the Christmas season to 4  months keeping the lights on from November until February.

Ober Gatlinburg Ski
Ride aerial tramway to Go-Karts, Alpine Slide, Indoor Ice Skating, Black Bear Habitat, Shops, Restaurant, Winter Skiing, more! link
Franklin
December 5, 12, 2008- Window Wonderland - 5pm - 8pm Victorian Holiday Celebration along townhill in Franklin. Featuring "live" window displays of the season, carolers and other sounds of the season, carriage rides, refreshments and more! The first two Fridays after Thanksgiving.
 828-524-0476

Gingerbread Houses
 Featured on the Food Nework,National Gingerbread House Display, Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa, Asheville. Contestants from across the country will bring their architectural masterpieces to The Grove Park Inn. Delight in the imagination shown in these sugar-and-spice creations, strolling through the competition is a sure way to be swept up in the holiday spirit. The gingerbread houses will be on display from Nov. 19, 2008 - Jan. 11, 2009.
For more information on our Gingerbread Competition, please call our Gingerbread House Hotline at 828-252-2711 Ext. 1522. Community Viewing is Monday - Thursday only.


HOLIDAY FESTIVALS AND SHOPPING

Nov. 28-29: Artisans Holiday Studio Tour, Stecoah Valley Arts Center, Robbinsville. Self-guided driving tour of Stecoah artisans’ studios and galleries. Free. 10 am-5 pm each day. link

Nov. 28-29: Mistletoe Magic Holiday Art & Craft Show, Macon Community Building, Franklin. 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
One of the most enjoyable ways to entertain your family and friends during the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend will be to visit the 3rd Annual Mistletoe Magic Holiday Art and Craft Show. The handmade products of 65 of the areas most talented Artisans will be featured along with strolling musicians and carolers; several Appalachian Christmas Trees decorated by various organizations; Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus; Great food and over 80 free hand crafted door prizes will be given away --- and the Admission is FREE for everyone.

Nov. 28-29: Mountain Artisans “Hard Candy Christmas” Art & Craft Show.Western Carolina University Ramsey Center, Cullowhee. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  link
Selective customers eagerly anticipate the wide assortment of original work from the hands of 100 + artists at the 'SUMMERTIME' (July 4 week end ) show and the perennial favorite the 'HARD CANDY CHRISTMAS' always the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving



Nov. 30-Dec. 21: Holidays with the Guild, Southern Highlands Craft Guild, Asheville. Free musical performances on Sundays, Folk Art Center, Milepost 382 Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville. link




         
Make your plans now to ride the Polar Express on the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad.
 Celebrate the Christmas season with a visit to the Biltmore, all decorated in beautiful holiday decorations as the Biltmore celebrates Christmas.

 If you are a ski buff, skiing at Cataloochee Ski Area in Maggie Valley begins in November.  

Pick out your freshly cut Christmas tree and bring your tree home.  You can even see real reindeer!




Plan a winter retreat in the North Carolina Mountains.  Skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing at Cataloochee Ski Area are perfect winter activities.

Cross Country skiing and snowshoeing are available on the closed portions of the Blue Ridge Parkway.


Cataloochee Ski Area Snow Report for Sunday, November 30th

Colder temperatures are in the forecast over the next few days and we will begin to make snow again as quickly as the temperatures permit.

On Sunday we will be skiing on 60 % of the mountain from the top of the quad down on eight out of fourteen slopes with three aerial lifts and one conveyor lift operating. Intermediate Rock Island Run, Intermediate Lower Snowbird Trail serviced by the Rock Island Run Quad Chairlift, Intermediate Lower Omigosh serviced by the Omigosh Double Chairlift, Beginners Over Easy, Beginners Easy Way and Beginners Rabbit Hill serviced by the Easy Way Triple Chairlift, Wolf Creek Hollow Ski School Area serviced by the Moving Carpet Conveyor Lift and Beginners Luck Learning Area on a base of 18-55 and a machine worked surface. Please note that some of our terrain features including a new flatbox will be available for you to ride at the top of Over Easy, right down from the Snack Shack, accessed by the Easy Way Triple Chairlift.

On Sunday, we will offer one session of skiing only, day skiing from 8:30am  4:30pm with a morning and afternoon half day rate also available. Holiday rates are in effect on Sunday. Please remember that we are now on our early season operating schedule of 1pm until 10pm Monday through Friday and 8:30am  4:30pm on Saturdays and Sundays every day through Monday, December 15. Tube World located in Maggie Valley across from Ghost Town in the Sky, four miles from the ski area, will not open for the season until December 20.

Today is also the final day to purchase your season pass for the 2008-2009 season at a reduced rate. Season pass pricing will go to its full price rate on December 1. You can purchase over the phone with a credit card, in person, or online at our website at www.cataloochee.com. Dont let a winter of fun pass you by, purchase your Cataloochee Season Pass today! Cant commit quite yet? if you purchase a lift ticket for the day, you can redeem that days lift ticket off a season pass purchase.

We remind you to be aware of changing ski conditions and use caution. Natural and manmade obstacles exist and snowmaking and grooming activities are routinely in progress. Please use control and ski or ride only on designated slopes and trails and please call this number anytime for current skiing conditions.







Snow tubing at Tube World.  Link