Winter NC Smokies Style

 

Winter time in the NC Smokies takes fun to a whole new level . . . literally. Maggie Valley is home to Cataloochee Ski Area, where you can ski and snowboard at over 5,000 feet in elevation. Or head down the mountain for a round of snow tubing at Tube World. There are tons of other cool activities like scenic winter hikes, incredible live music and entertainment, and cozy spots to relax and warm up with local craft beer or glass of wine. Trust us, Haywood County is exactly where you want to be this winter! Check out our Winter Itinerary for some fun ideas.


WINTER SPORTS

Cataloochee Ski Area

With 18 slopes and trails, Cataloochee Ski Area offers mountains of fun for everyone, from skiers to snowboarders, from novices to veterans.

Tube World

Tube World in Maggie Valley offers snow tubing fun for all ages! A perfect place for a family or group outing and offer tubing fun from mid-December to early March.

Kids Ski Free/Kids Stay Free

Bring the kids and have a blast with Cataloochee Ski Area’s Kids Stay & Ski Free program. Who couldn’t use a snow day?!


Wintery Events

** Our Breweries, restaurants, and venues also feature live music. Visit our events page for more great happenings.**

December

December 1 – 31: “All Through the Town”
Downtown Waynesville, NC

December 3: Waynesville Christmas Parade
Downtown Waynesville, NC
6:00 pm

December 6: Canton Christmas Parade
Downtown Canton, NC
6:00 – 8:00 pm

December 6 – 9: Appalachian Christmas
Lake Junaluska, NC

December 9: A Night Before Christmas 
Downtown Waynesville, NC
6:00 – 9:00 pm

December 13 – 24: Twelve Days of Christmas
Downtown Waynesville, NC

December 15: “Jungle Mingle”-Winter Arts Smokies Style
Downtown Waynesville, NC

November

November 17: Jingle Bell Market
Haywood County Fairgrounds, 58 Crabtree Rd, Waynesville NC
9:00 am – 3:00 pm

November 15:  Boyd Christmas Tree Farm Open for Season
Boyd Mountain Tree Farm, 445 Boyd Farm Rd, Waynesville, NC

November 21 – 25: Thanksgiving at Lake Logan
Lake Logan Conference Center, 25 Wormy Chestnut Ln, Canton, NC

November 24: Maggie Gets Lit
Maggie Valley Festival Grounds, 3340 Soco Rd, Maggie Valley, NC
12:00 – 6:00 pm

November 30 – December 1: Balsam Range Art of Music Festival
Lake Junaluska, NC


Get Outside

Sam’s Summits Loop Trail

Head up Hwy. 215/Lake Logan Rd. to access the Sam’s Summits Loop Trail, located in the Shining Rock Wilderness area of the Pisgah National Forest. As this area borders the Blue Ridge Parkway, it is often inaccessible via the Parkway in the winter due to road closures, but the trailhead for Sam’s Summits is accessible year-round.

Purchase Knob Hike

Purchase Knob offers a wide range of biodiversity and other appealing aspects all encompassed in a four-hour or less walk. Its winter accessibility, summer butterfly and wildflower abundance, and amazing panoramas make Purchase Knob the perfect hike. Easy to Moderate grade.

Lake Junaluska Walking Trail

Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center offers a wonderful and serene 2.3-mile walking trail that circles the lake. Enjoy the beautiful mountainous landscape that surrounds the lake as you take a leisurely stroll. During a walk around the 2.3-mile walking trail, you will cross both the Turbeville Footbridge and the bridge above the dam.


Brews & Spirits

Tempt your tastebuds with something from our new distillery in Maggie Valley, Elevated Mountain Distilling Company. Now creating Greatelevated-mountain-distilling
Smoky Mountain Whiskey, Moonshine, and Vodka with the same time-honored traditions & secrets of our forefathers.

Elevated Mountain Distilling
elevatedmountain.com

They’ll show you how they make their favorite spirits, then treat you to a tasting! Morning and early afternoon tours are the best times to see the still in operation.

Our Award winning breweries are not to miss. Each has their own unique venues to go along with their brews.

Bearwaters Brewing
Featured Winter Brew “Snownado”
bearwatersbrewing.com

Boojum Brewing
Featured Brew “Galaxy Far Far Away”
boojumbrewing.com

Froglevel Brewing
Featured Brew “Nutty Brunette”
froglevelbrewing.com


Entertainment

Haywood Arts Regional Theatre
harttheatre.org
One of the area’s cultural gems, a performance at the Haywood Arts Regional Theatre, or better known by the locals as “The HART”, is not to be missed. This year-round theater features productions from classics like Macbeth to Broadway musicals like Hello Dolly. The company is proud of its regional and local performers and their wide range of

singing and acting abilities.

The Strand at 38 Main
38main.com
Established in 1942, The Strand at 38 Main is a Main Street Institution, and the only theater in Haywood County. We offer the latest Hollywood Blockbusters, and our newly remodeled lounge is open to the public. Stop in and enjoy local ice cream, beer, wine, our full coffee bar, and theater snacks.

Classic Wineseller
classicwineseller.com
Imagine a Harlem speakeasy in the 1920s – a secret venue where you can escape to a cozy atmosphere, and where the performers are within arm’s reach. The Classic Wineseller is evocative of Hollywood movies about that era, including European styling and Old-World charm. Everyone is seated around tables, with front row tables for two. Enjoy music LIVE at the Classic Wineseller every Friday and Saturday evening.

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