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 just chill and warm up with local craft beer or glass of wine. Trust us, Haywood County is exactly where you want to be this winter!

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?!

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Christmas Tree Farms

Searching for the perfect tree this holiday season?  Haywood County is home to a number of locally owned and operated farms specializing in North Carolina Fraser firs.   From a 100 year old family farm situated on the original homestead dating back to the early 1900’s to a farm that offers visitors hot apple cider or hot chocolate to celebrate the perfect tree selection—our farms welcome the young and “young at heart” alike!

Visit one of our tree farms for a choose-and-cut tree, fresh cut or balled tree as well as locally made wreaths, garlands, and other holiday decor.

Boyd Mountain Christmas Tree Farm
143 Boyd Farm Rd.
Waynesville NC 28785
Phone:  828-926-8888 
Mid-November to December 21:  9-5, seven days a week.  Christmas trees, pre-cut or choose-and-cut daily on the farm.  Wreaths, roping, and garlands. 

Dutch Cove Christmas Tree Farm
80 Setzer Dr.
Canton NC 28716
Phone:  828-400-0806
Seasonal – Nov & Dec.  Open Monday-Friday, afternoons.  Open all day Saturday.  Call for appointment.  Choose-and-cut Fraser fir Christmas trees, wreaths, and greenery. 

Mehaffey Tree Farm
24 Corner Dr.
Waynesville NC 28785
Phone:  828-926-1424
Nov & Dec.  Fresh Fraser Fir Christmas trees, garlands, wreaths, apple cider, hot chocolate, restrooms.  Tree selections easily accessible to the young & young at heart!

Nesbitt Christmas Tree Farm
333 Sunset Ridge Rd.
Clyde NC 28721
Phone: 828-456-9914
Mid-Nov to Dec 24: Mon-Fri, 2pm till dark.  All day on Saturday & Sunday, 11am – dark.  Christmas trees, wreaths, swags, and arches.  Special Thanksgiving hours.  Other hours by appointment.  Call to confirm specific days/times.

WNC Christmas Trees
2436 Jonathan Creek Rd
Waynesville NC 28785
Phone: 828-226-0747
Nov & Dec.  For the holidays, visit our farm for choose & cut or balled Frasier firs, 4-8′

Wintry Events

“All Through the Town”
December 1-31, 2017
Seasonal events all through the month, all through the town.

Art After Dark in Downtown Waynesville
 November 3, 2017; December 1, 2017; January 13, 2018; February 17, 2018; March 17, 2018
Art openings refreshments and live music. Art After Dark offers a relaxed atmosphere, filled with art, music, and laughter.

Jingle Bell Market at the Haywood County Fairgrounds
November 18, 2017
9am – 3pm
A ONE DAY ONLY market event offering a wide variety of antiques, vintage re-purposed, traditional crafts, clothing, jewelry, art, furniture, pottery, home decor, Farmhouse style and MORE!!

Lighting of Maggie Valley
Maggie Valley Festival Grounds
November 25, 2017
Santa Strut Contest, Pictures with Santa, Tree Lighting, Ugly Sweater Contest, Food, Music, and more.

Art After Dark in Downtown Waynesville
December 1, 2017
Art openings refreshments and live music. Art After Dark offers a relaxed atmosphere, filled with art, music, and laughter.

Waynesville Tree Lighting
196 S main St., Waynesville
December 1, 2017
Hot Chocolate, cookies, Music, and More

Balsam Range “Art Of Music Festival” at Lake Junaluska:
December 1-2, 2017
The festivities include world-class artists and music related workshops, handcrafted instrument building, songwriting, dancing, and of course a top notch lineup.

Waynesville Christmas Parade
December 4, 2017

Canton Christmas Parade
December 7, 2017
6pm – 8pm

Appalachian Christmas at Lake Junaluska
December 7-10, 2017
Let the nostalgic charm of Appalachian hospitality warm you this holiday season. Awaken the spirit of Christmas through festive live music, hearty meals and local artistry.Festivities feature a performance of Handel’s Messiah, the Appalachian Christmas Craft Show showcasing dozens of local artisans, and matinee concert by The Cockman Family, a local treasure.

Night Before Christmas in Downtown Waynesville
December 9, 2017
Shops, galleries & restaurants open. Live Music, Caroling, Bethlehem Market Place, Live Nativity, Old-fashioned wagon rides, Santa & Mrs. Claus, Storytelling, Luminaries & more.

Lake Junaluska Singers Concert
December 9, 2017
The Lake Junaluska Singers will perform a Christmas concert on Saturday, December

Twelve days of Christmas in Downtown Waynesville
December 13-24, 2017
Magical moments & memories fill the downtown district.

Wreaths Across America
Greenhill Cemetery, Waynesville

Cataloochee Ski Area:
    January: Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Weekend, Military Appreciation Days
    February: Law Enforcement Appreciation Days, President’s Day Holiday Weekend
    March: Fire and Rescue Appreciation Days

Picking at the Armory:
Jan 12, 19, 26, 2018
Feb 2, 9, 16, 2018
Mar 2, 16, 23, 2018
April 6, 2018
Come enjoy fun, music, dance , and fellowship with your neighbors and friends!

Winter Arts Smokies Style “It’s Chili Outside” in Downtown Waynesville
January 13, 2018
Art openings refreshments and live music. Art After Dark offers a relaxed atmosphere, filled with art, music, and laughter.

Hillbilly Jam Winter Party
February 23-24
Maggie Valley Inn

Winter Arts Smokies Style “HeART Warming” in Downtown Waynesville
February 17, 2018
Art openings refreshments and live music. Art After Dark offers a relaxed atmosphere, filled with art, music, and laughter.

Winter Arts Smokies Style “Luck of the Art” in Downtown Waynesville
March 17, 2018
Art openings refreshments and live music. Art After Dark offers a relaxed atmosphere, filled with art, music, and laughter.

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

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

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”

Boojum Brewing
Featured Brew “Galaxy Far Far Away”

Froglevel Brewing
Featured Brew “Nutty Brunette”


Haywood Arts Regional Theatre
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
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
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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