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 Appalachian Christmas at Lake Junaluska

December 11 - 13, 2015

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. Visit area shops or step back in time with turn-of-the-century Christmas décor at the exquisite Biltmore Estate.


Festivities include:

  • Handel’s Messiah, featuring the Lake Junaluska Singers and regional orchestra
  • Classic Sounds of Christmas, a concert by The Lake Junaluska Singers
  • Appalachian Christmas Craft Show showcasing dozens of local artisans
  • Matinee concert by The Cockman Family, a local treasure

Two and three night packages available. Rates listed include lodging, meals, concert tickets, a tickets to visit the Biltmore Estate.* 

Book Today:
800-222-4930

Sponsored in part by the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority.

*All packages include tickets to all Appalachian Christmas concerts and the Biltmore Estate.
Biltmore Estate ticket optional. Taxes applicable.

2-Night Package Includes:

  • 2 Night's Lodging
  • 2 Buffet Breakfasts
  • 1 Buffet Lunch
  • 2 Buffet Dinners
  • Tickets to all 3 concerts
  • Ticket to the Biltmore Estate

Package rate varies based on facility and room type. Taxes applicable.

  • Lambuth Inn packages start at $197 per person based on two people in a room.  
  • Terrace lakefront packages start at $235 per person based on two people in a room. 
  • Terrace northside  packages start at $220 per person based on two people in a room. 

3-Night Package Includes:

  • 3 Night's Lodging
  • 3 Buffet Breakfasts
  • 1 Buffet Lunch
  • 2 Buffet Dinners
  • Tickets to all 3 concerts
  • Ticket to the Biltmore Estate

Package rate varies based on facility and room type. Taxes applicable.

  • Lambuth Inn packages start at $237 per person based on two people in a room.  
  • Terrace lakefront packages start at $283.50 per person based on two people in a room. 
  • Terrace northside packages start at $261 per person based on two people in a room. 

2-Night Package Tentative Schedule

Friday, December 11

  • 3–5 p.m.Check in at the Bethea Welcome Center
    (after 5pm, check in at your hotel)
  • 5:00–7 p.m. Enjoy a Buffet Dinner
  • 7:30 p.m. Handel's Messiah Annual Performance featuring: The Lake Junaluska Singers, orchestra, and choral ensembles

Saturday, December 12

  • 7:30–9 a.m. Delicious Buffet Breakfast
  • 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Christmas Craft Show, Harrell Center Auditorium
  • 12–1:30 p.m. Enjoy a Buffet Lunch
  • 2 p.m.The Cockman Family Concert, Stuart Auditorium
  • 5:00–7 p.m. Enjoy a Buffet Dinner
  • 7:30 p.m. Lake Junaluska Singers Christmas Concert

Sunday, December 13

  • 7:30–9 a.m. Delicious Buffet Breakfast
  • Late morning - Spend the day exploring the Biltmore Estate - Timed entry will be assigned.

All concerts are in Stuart Auditorium
The Christmas Craft Show will be in the Harrell Center

3-Night Package Tentative Schedule

Thursday, December 10

  • 3 p.m.     Check in at the Bethea Welcome Center
    (after 5pm, check in at your hotel)

Friday, December 11

  • 7:30–9 a.m. Wake up to a delicious buffet breakfast
  • Spend the day exploring the Biltmore Estate - Timed entry will be assigned.
  • 5:00–7 p.m.  Enjoy a Buffet Dinner
  • 7:30 p.m.  Handel's Messiah Performance featuring the Lake Junaluska Singers, orchestra, and choral ensembles

Saturday, December 12

  • 7:30–9 a.m.  Delicious Buffet Breakfast
  • 9 a.m.–3 p.m.  Christmas Craft Show, Harrell Center Auditorium
  • 12–1:30 p.m. Enjoy a Buffet Lunch
  • 2 p.m.  The Cockman Family Concert, Stuart Auditorium
  • 5:00–7p.m.  Enjoy a Buffet Dinner
  • 7:30 p.m.  The Lake Junaluska Singers Christmas Concert

Sunday, December 13

  • 7:30–9 a.m.  Delicious Buffet Breakfast


All concerts are in Stuart Auditorium
The Christmas Craft Show will be held in Harrell Center

The Lake Junaluska Singers

The Lake Junaluska Singers

The Lake Junaluska Singers, directed by Dr. Melodie Galloway, are a 14-voice professional ensemble, which serves as the Ambassador choir for the Southeastern Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church and of the Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center. The group began in 1954 and has performed nationally and internationally for conferences, dignitaries, and major events. Their music ranges from classical choral and contemporary works to gospel, folk and musical theater styles. Individual concerts tickets are available for purchase.

Handel's Messiah

Messiah is an baroque-era music composition for orchestra, choir, and soloists composed by George Frideric Handel in 1741-42. The entirety of Messiah consists of three parts that cover Christ's life from the Old Testament prophecies of the Messiah to his birth, the passion and resurrection, and ascension. Notable musical selections include the Hallelujah Chorus, For Unto Us A Child Born, Glory to God, And the Glory of the Lord.

The Lake Junaluska Singers with an accompanying choir (composed of regional choristers) and orchestra will perform selections from Messiah that tell of Christ's birth. Individual concerts tickets are available for purchase.

The Cockman Family

The Cockman Family

Take the traditional blends of Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, season with Doc Watson and Emmylou Harris and spice it up with a little New Grass Revival and you have The Cockman Family. The Cockmans are a bluegrass/gospel band whose music blesses with encouragement, energy and a lot of entertainment.

Since launching their performing career in February of 1988, the Cockman Family has developed the classic family harmonies and youthful flair that is the Cockman Family trademark. Their unique bluegrass gospel style, original songs and original arrangements of the old gospel songs have been immensely popular with their audiences. This group’s family ties are strong and the warmth of that is conveyed in their performances. Individual concerts tickets are available for purchase.

The Biltmore Estate

Make this year extra special - come early or stay late and tour the exquisitely decorated Biltmore Estate for an amazing low rate! Packages with Biltmore Estate visit start at $210* per person. *All Biltmore Christmas packages must be booked at least 3 weeks in advance to secure house visit.*

 Individual concert tickets are for sale.

 PURCHASE TICKETS

Reserved seating: $22.50 (Limited availability)
General admission seating: $17.50
Children 18 and under free in general admission seating only.