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Wednesday, 18 November 2015 00:00

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Christmas comes to Franklin

An array of Christmas and holiday festivities will take place Nov. 28-29 in Franklin.

The annual tree lighting “Winter Wonderland” ceremony and candlelight service will be at 7 p.m. Nov. 28 on the town square, with free cider, cookies, wagon rides and live music. The Christmas Parade will be 3 p.m. Nov. 29 in downtown.

828.524.3161 or or


All aboard the wine and cheese train

The Rail Line Wine Experience “MacNeill Uncorked” will be held from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Nov. 28 at the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad in the Bryson City Train Depot. 

The event is a specialty train experience featuring wines selected by French Broad Vignerons to pair with your meal. Full service all-adult first class ride in the MacNeill car. A narrator will be onboard to discuss the six wines selected to accompany an exclusive sampling of local cheeses, a freshly made entree and a chef-selected dessert. All passengers receive souvenir stemless wine glass and tote bag. The Cottage Craftsman, located across from the depot will have all of the sampled wines available for purchase. Age 21 and over only.

Tickets are $109 per person. or


Open call for WinterFest

Vendor applications are now being accepted for WinterFest Smoky Style. The event is set for Feb. 26-28 at the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds. 

The festival will feature an array of activities to do in the mountains during the winter, and will highlight a sled dog exhibition, mountain art/craft vendors, timber sports, outdoor sporting exhibits, K-9 and first responders, food and entertainment.

The weekend rental fee is $75 for applications received by Dec. 15, $100 thereafter. The nonprofit fee is $50. For vendors who require electrical service, the fee is $125. The fees cover a 10-foot by 10-foot grassy area. Vendors are required to bring their own tents, tables, chairs and other display materials.

For more information, contact Denise Seay via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

This event is sponsored in part by the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority.


Christmas spirit hits Bryson City

The Bryson City Spirit of Christmas celebration will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 28 at the corner of Mitchell and Everett Street. 

Join friends and neighbors for caroling from the train caboose to the town square for the town Christmas tree lighting ceremony. Afterward enjoy a Christmas concert on the square or stop by the visitor's center for hot cocoa and cookies, letter writing to Santa and a visit with St. Nick himself. In the true spirit of Christmas, bring a canned good to donate to the food pantry or a new unwrapped gift for the local toy drive. 




• A Thanksgiving celebration of bingo, games and food will be Nov. 26 at The Cut Cocktail Lounge in Sylva. All welcome. 

• A Blue Plate Special fundraiser will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 25 at The Community Table in Sylva. Different specials are catered by different restaurants each month. $5 minimum donation, dine-in or carryout. 828.586.6782 to place your order. All proceeds benefit The Community Table’s mission to provide nutritious meals to our neighbors in need in a welcoming environment.

• A wine tasting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 18 and 25 at The Classic Wineseller in Waynesville. Free with dinner ($15 minimum). 828.452.6000.

• There will be a “Tasty Tuesday: Winter Seasonals” at 7 p.m. Nov. 24 and 30 at Mad Anthony’s Bottle Shop & Beer Garden. 

• The Polar Express themed train will celebrate the holiday season Nov. 20-22, 24-25 and 27-29 at the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad depot in Bryson City. The classic children’s book comes to life as the train departs for a special visit at the "North Pole." Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, guests on board will enjoy warm cocoa and a treat while listening and reading along with the magical story. The train arrives to find Santa Claus waiting. Santa boards the train, greeting each child and presenting them with their own silver sleigh bell. Christmas carols will be sung as they return back to the depot. or 800.872.4681. 

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