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Your Haywood Holiday How To: Christmas Trees & Gift Shopping

Snow-covered trees adorned with soft-glowing lanterns hang above the icy streets of Downtown Waynesville in the winter.

When the holiday season rolls around, it brings a few chores with it. The first is finding the perfect Fraser fir to decorate. The second is finding the gifts to put underneath your tree. Here in our part of the Smoky Mountains, we know quite a few places that can help you accomplish both. Check them out while you’re in town for the season!

Christmas Tree Farms

A family searching for their perfect Christmas tree on a snowy morning in Haywood County, North Carolina.There’s good news for those of you who prefer a real Christmas tree: you’ve got a few options here in Haywood County, so you can haul it back home or over to your local holiday accommodations. The earlier in the season you shop, the more likely you are to snag a great deal on a fresh tree.

Where to go shopping

Now, for your most time-consuming holiday task: knocking out your shopping list. Fortunately, there are plenty of places in our smoky mountain towns of Maggie Valley, Waynesville, Canton, Clyde, and Lake Junaluska to find a real treasure to leave under the tree (we can find you some coal too if that’s what you need). We pulled a few shops to guide you on your shopping journey.

Mountain Mike’s Whetstone Wood Works – Maggie Valley

Mountain Mikes Whetstone Woodworks in Maggie ValleyOne-of-a-kind woodworking creations cover almost every square inch of Mountain Mike’s shop in Maggie Valley. Mountain Mike is a master woodcarver and can whittle just about anything you’ve got in mind. His nature-derived crafts make a good addition to any home or garden.

Different Drummer Pottery – Maggie Valley

To keep your gifts of the handmade variety, stop by Different Drummer in Maggie Valley. This shop is filled with wheel-thrown stoneware and porcelain works of art that’ll add a splash of color for one lucky recipient on your list. You can also watch them in-action when you visit!

Dillsboro Chocolate Factory – Waynesville

We know you’ve got a sweet tooth or two on your list, so we found a great place to find your treats: Dillsboro Chocolate Factory in Waynesville! They have freshly made delicacies ranging from truffles to fudge to bark.

Mountain Quilts – Waynesville

Sometimes sharing comfort is the best gift. We can’t think of a better way to share that than wrapping up a handmade quilt, throw blanket or pillow from Mountain Quilts in Waynesville. They’re all locally made and especially cozy—perfect for the winter months.

Hazelwood Soap Company – Canton and Waynesville

Hazelwood Soap CoYou’ve picked up the gift of comfort, now give the gift of clean! Family-owned, Hazelwood Soap Company has long been a member of the Haywood shopping community, and their new shop in Canton is a perfect place to stop by for artisanal, hand-made soaps.

Pigeon River Mercantile – Canton

A mix of well-known brands and locally sourced goods, Pigeon River Mercantile in Canton is the best place to go for that person on your list that likes a little bit of everything. They offer locally made pottery, décor, clothing, jewelry, and so much more.

Coffee Cup Café – Clyde

Sure, maybe you didn’t expect a restaurant to make the cut here, but trust us, a trip to Coffee Cup Café will stay with your recipient as long as any of the treasures you gift. You can wrap up a gift card and place it under their tree, or you can bring them by on your next trip to Clyde.

Junaluska Gifts & Grounds – Lake Junaluska

Snow-capped mountains tower in the distance beyond a wintry Lake JunaluskaNear the beautiful waters of Lake Junaluska lies Junaluska Gifts & Grounds, a quaint but cozy little shop that’s stocked with memorable gifts like local pottery, apparel, and books. That’s only half the story—you can also grab a coffee and a sandwich for your stroll around the lake.

There are even more shops to explore while you’re in Haywood County! Check them out here. For even more holiday planning tips, stop by our Visitor Center in Maggie Valley. We’d love to help!

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