Destination Christmas: Lake Junaluska

Lake Junaluska decorated for Christmas 2017

Winter is the most wonderful time of year, don’t you think? Not only are there parties for hosting and marshmallows for toasting, but there’s also Appalachian Christmas Festivals and wonderful Christmas decorations to see!

Haywood County is in full holiday swing as our mountain destinations adorn their winter lights, garlands, and cheer. Lake Junaluska is no exception, pulling together 50 volunteers from the community to decorate over 15 exterior spaces including the Rose Walk, gazebos along the walking trail, Inspiration Point Garden and more!

Community members enjoy participating in the lake wide decoration efforts so they can create magical experiences for visitors who will certainly leave with fond memories.

Lake Junaluska volunteers helping decorate for christmas.

“I think a lot of people who move to the lake are looking to connect with other people and to have a strong sense of community,” said Debbie Stanton, a newly retired Lake Junaluska resident. “If they get involved in these types of things, they feel that they are contributing to the wider community and beautifying this already beautiful place.”

Every December more than a thousand visitors make the trip to Lake Junaluska for their annual Appalachian Christmas event on December 8th which features 3 concerts. The weekend before, December 1-2, is the Balsam Range Art of Music Festival, with more than 1,500 tickets already sold. You can even catch Lake Junaluska’s trolly in the Waynesville Christmas Parade December 4th. Full of holiday spirit, Lake Junaluska is a destination worth making a holiday trip to.

Stay at the Lambuth Inn, fully decked out in holiday charm this winter and turn that scrooge frown upside down! Have you visited Lake Junaluska this month? Share your pics with us on social media using #haynow

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