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The Holidays at Lake Junaluska

November 23, 2020 - January 10, 2021

Let the nostalgic charm of Appalachian hospitality warm you this holiday season at Lake Junaluska. During our 7-week celebration, get in the spirit with Christmas decorations throughout our lakeside village with lights, garlands and wreaths. Located near Maggie Valley and Waynesville, our peaceful lakeside village is a short drive from Asheville and Biltmore. Come for a peaceful getaway or plan a special family gathering Christmas week and New Year’s Eve.

While this year will look a little different due to COVID-19 precautions, we will offer plenty of ways to celebrate the season with your family. Big events, such as Appalachian Christmas, will not return in 2020, and the New Year's Eve fireworks show (rescheduled from the Fourth of July) will not be held. However, we will add more intimate experiences to enjoy throughout the season.

We will certainly not cut back on decorating! Once again, more than 70 volunteers from the Lake Junaluska community will come together to decorate dozens of areas around the lake.

christmas tree at the terrace hotel at Lake Junaluska

Why Stay on the Lake?

  • The Terrace is one of the few lakeside hotels in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Winner of the TripAdvisor 2020 Travelers' Choice Award, The Terrace is ranked in the Top 10 Percent of hotels worldwide. Rates include breakfast and access to many lakeside amenities. Relax by the fire in the beautifully decorated lobby. Read more about The Terrace. Check availability & book online now. (Tip: Find lowest rates midweek, Sunday-Thursday nights).
  • Join us for our 12 Days of Christmas events at Lake Junaluska! Enjoy carriage rides with views of the lake, holiday shopping, music, movies, stories and a Moravian lovefeast drop-in candlelight service.
  • Dine at The Terrace's Bistro, open Tuesday-Sunday. Enjoy modern southern cuisine in our spacious restaurant with plenty of room for social distancing. Curbside carryout also available. Call 828-454-6662 for reservations or to order takeout.
  • Browse Junaluska Gifts & Grounds seven days a week for unique gifts including jewelry, local pottery, greeting cards, apparel, and books. Warm up with one of our festive coffee drinks such as the gingerbread cookie latte or chocolate covered cherry latte (a guest favorite!) Treat yourself by taking home coffees, preserves, salsas and salad dressings, as well as a collectible ornament of Lake Junaluska.Junaluska Gifts & Grounds will be open until 1 p.m. on Christmas Eve, closed on Christmas Day, and open on New Year's Day!
  • Listen to the Carillon bells ring out Christmas favorites as you reflect by the lake.
  • Walk the 3.8-mile lakeside trail to burn off calories from extra holiday treats. Since our lake is protected by the surrounding mountains, our weather is often perfect for getting outdoors. We are often 10-15 degrees warmer than the nearby ski area.
  • Watch the sunset behind the Great Smoky Mountains from Inspiration Point near Lambuth Inn.
  • Watch the sun rise from the outdoor deck with your morning coffee at The Terrace Hotel.
  • Visit the lakeside Prayer Labyrinth for a few quiet moments of reflection.
Lambuth Inn decorated for Christmas at Lake Junaluska

Nearby Festive Things to Do

  • Christmas Tree Farms: Three farms are located just six miles from Lake Junaluska. On your way home, stop by to choose and cut the perfect tree (mid November through mid December). Each farm makes the experience very festive and kids of all ages love to explore the farms: Boyd Christmas Tree Farm, Mehaffey Tree Farm, WNC Christmas Trees.
  • Cataloochee Ski Area: Just 12 miles from Lake Junaluska is one of the best places for skiing and snowboarding in the South. Enjoy panoramic views of the Great Smoky Mountains as you ride 18 slopes and trails on 50 acres at 5,400 feet elevation. With one of the most advanced snowmaking systems, they have great skiing conditions much of the winter. Lessons and equipment rental available. 
  • Tube World, located in nearby Maggie Valley, provides fun snow tubing for the entire family – no experience needed! Book a two-hour session that includes specially designed inner tubes. Ride down the slope and ride back up on the moving carpet to repeat as much as you want. They usually open by mid December, depending on the weather. Go to their website for details.
  • Shop for the perfect gifts with plenty of stores and galleries in downtown Waynesville and Maggie Valley. Favorite spots include Mast General Store in Waynesville and Cabbage Rose in Maggie Valley.
  • Just 30 minutes away in Asheville, go to Christmas at Biltmore or drive through the half million lights at the North Carolina Arboretum.