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 Appalachian Christmas at Lake Junaluska

December 8 - 11, 2016

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, a classic Sounds of Christmas concert, Appalachian Christmas Craft Show showcasing dozens of local artisans, and 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.* 

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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.

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.*

2-Night Package Includes:

  • 2 Nights Lodging
  • 2 Buffet Breakfasts
  • 2 Buffet Dinners
  • Tickets to Handel's Messiah, The Cockman Family and a Christmas Concert
  • Ticket to the Biltmore Estate (timed entry)

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

  • Lambuth Inn packages $214 per person. Rates are based on two people in a room.  
  • Terrace lakefront packages $254 per person. Rates are based on two people in a room. 
  • Terrace northside packages $244 per person. Rates are based on two people in a room. 

3-Night Package Includes:

  • 3 Nights Lodging
  • 3 Buffet Breakfasts
  • 2 Buffet Dinners
  • Tickets to Handel's Messiah, The Cockman Family and a Christmas Concert
  • Ticket to the Biltmore Estate (timed entry)

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

  • Lambuth Inn packages $253 per person. Rates are based on two people in a room.  
  • Terrace lakefront packages $296 per person. Rates are based on two people in a room. 
  • Terrace northside packages $2810 per person. Rates are based on two people in a room. 

2-Night Package Tentative Schedule

Friday, December 9

  • Spend the day exploring the Biltmore Estate - Timed entry will be assigned.
  • 3–5 p.m.Check in at the Bethea Welcome Center
    (after 5 p.m., check in at your hotel)
  • 5:00–7 p.m. Enjoy a Buffet Dinner
  • 7:30 p.m. Handel's Messiah Performance featuring orchestra and choral ensembles

Saturday, December 10

  • 7:30–9 a.m. Delicious Buffet Breakfast
  • 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Christmas Craft Show, Harrell Center Auditorium
  • 2 p.m.The Cockman Family Concert, Stuart Auditorium
  • 5:00–7 p.m. Enjoy a Buffet Dinner
  • 7:30 p.m.  Christmas Concert

Sunday, December 11

  • 7:30–9 a.m. Delicious Buffet Breakfast
  • 10:45 a.m. Worship Service, Stuart Auditorium

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

3-Night Package Tentative Schedule

Thursday, December 8

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

Friday, December 9

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

Saturday, December 10

  • 7:30–9 a.m.  Delicious Buffet Breakfast
  • Spend the day exploring the Biltmore Estate - Timed entry will be assigned. (optional)
  • 9 a.m.–4 p.m.  Christmas Craft Show, Harrell Center Auditorium
  • 2 p.m.  The Cockman Family Concert, Stuart Auditorium
  • 5:00–7 p.m.  Enjoy a Buffet Dinner
  • 7:30 p.m.  Christmas Concert

Sunday, December 11

  • 7:30–9 a.m.  Delicious Buffet Breakfast
  • 10:45 a.m. Worship Service, Stuart Auditorium


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

 Individual concert tickets will be for sale.

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.

Christmas Craft Show

To sign up for the Christmas Craft Show, please download and complete this Craft Show Application and return it to wandakenney1@gmail.com.