Smoky Mountain Holidays
Thanksgiving Family Festival at Fontana Village
November 26 – 29, 2014
Fontana Village Resort has the table set for this Thanksgiving with a full plate of holiday favorites prepared by Chef Williams at the Mountview Restaurant. The holiday menu will feature classic favorites such as Roasted Turkey with Homemade Cranberry Sauce, Smoked Honey-Glazed Ham, Herb Crusted Roast Beef with Gravy and Smoky Mountain Trout cakes. Our Chef has paired these delicious entrees with everyone’s favorite side dishes, fresh baked breads, and desserts. The feast will be served from noon until 5:30 on Thanksgiving Day, call 828-498-2115 for reservations. New this Thanksgiving we are offering Thanksgiving Family Meals to go! Pre-order your meal to enjoy dinner with your family in the comfort of your cozy cabin.
The Resort also has planned a wonderful holiday schedule of fun including a turkey shoot, live music, hayrides, square dancing, lake cruises, guided hikes, field games, movies, marshmallow roasts around the campfire and a tree trimming party! There will be something for the entire family to enjoy. Make some special Thanksgiving memories at Fontana Village Resort this year!
For the full event schedule visit our website at www.fontanavillage.com
Cherokee Lights and Legends Christmas Event Begins Nov. 28
The annual Cherokee Lights and Legends Christmas event is coming to the Cherokee Indians Fairgrounds in Cherokee, N.C. beginning Nov. 28, 2014.
The annual holiday celebration will be held Wednesdays and Thursdays from 5:00pm – 9:00 pm, Fridays and Saturdays from 5:00-10:00pm through January 3, 2015. The event will be closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and will open longer hours on New Year’s Eve from 5:00 p.m.-12:30 a.m. and will feature New Year’s Eve fireworks.
Cherokee Lights and Legends features a custom-designed light show by Holiday Artisans designed to reflect Cherokee stories that were traditionally told during the winter months. There will also be synthetic ice skating, carnival rides, a holiday bazaar featuring local craftsmen, local food vendors and, of course, Santa Claus. There will also be live nightly entertainment.
Admission: Adults 13 years and older $5, children ages 6-12 $3 and children 5 and under free. The cost of admission includes the light show and nightly entertainment. The Cherokee Indian Fairgrounds is located at 545 Tsali Blvd. in Cherokee, N.C.
For group rates and for more information please call the Cherokee Welcome Center at 828-554-6490. You can also visit the website: www.visitcherokeenc.com.
Thanksgiving at the Waynesville Inn
Labor Day LakeAlooza & Fireworks Celebration
August 29th – 31st
Guests and local residents are booking accommodations and putting the boat on the trailer as they prepare to head to Fontana Village Resort for this Summer’s send-off festivities featuring Fontana Village Resort’s fifth annual Labor Day Weekend LakeAlooza celebration.
On Saturday, August 30th from 3:00pm - 7:00 pm the LakeALooza Lake Celebration will be in full swing. Come join the fun at the Fontana Village Marina located on beautiful Fontana Lake! Enjoy live music straight out of WNC that will bring the lake to life. The Josh Fields Band will be performing a blend of southern rock, classic and contemporary country, and bluegrass. They pride themselves on very tight three part harmonies and high energy live shows. So if you like real music, strong harmonies, tight arrangements and talented musicians you'll love the Josh Fields Band. Come ready to have fun and cool off in the water!
Although the event is being held at the marina, you don’t need a boat to enjoy the festivities. Fontana Marina accommodates those who want to remain on shore with great food, dancing, music, and entertainment. Enjoy lake games, paddleboard & kayak races, and even a frozen T-shirt contest! Come have fun on the lake with the entire family this Labor Day Holiday weekend!
For your evening entertainment, be sure to stop by and enjoy music from local band Fastgear, who will be performing from 7:00pm – 10:00pm on the Wildwood Sundeck. Guests will also be treated to Fontana’s famous fireworks starting at 9:30pm in front of the Wildwood Grill on the Village Green. Guests coming for the fireworks and evening entertainment are advised to arrive early for parking and seating at the Wildwood Grill. The resort is also offering free admission to the Stone Creek Pool & Lazy River on Saturday and Sunday for guests wanting to cool off or to lounge poolside.
For additional information and the full event schedule visit our events page at www.fontanavillage.com or call 800.849.2258.
Stars & Stripes Celebration JULY 4th & Kids Patriotic Parade in Downtown Waynesville
The “Stars & Stripes Celebration” on Main Street in Downtown Waynesville continues after it began 23 years ago. Every July 4th holiday consists of the Waynesville Kiwanis Club volunteers lining the Main Street area with oversized American flags. Shops, galleries and restaurants are open all day. Sidewalk areas are filled with entertainment, musicians, Uncle Sam, & more along the Main Street area. The Haywood Community Band performs on courthouse lawn at 2pm.