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Lake Junaluska Decorated for Christmas


LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. — Over 50 volunteers from the Lake Junaluska community came together to decorate the property for Christmas.

Each year, the community works alongside staff to decorate more than 15 areas around the lake, including the Rose Walk, Harrell Center, Shackford Hall, Bethea Welcome Center, The Terrace, Lambuth Inn and Inspiration Point.

Lake Junaluska residents Don and Pat Rankin led the troops of volunteers.

“These are folk who love Lake Junaluska and who are dedicated to making this place — their home —beautiful and welcoming during the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons,” Pat Rankin said.

The volunteers worked with the Lake Junaluska maintenance crew to hang lights, wreaths, garlands and bows on light poles and buildings.

The entire landscaping department helped staff member Suzanne Milner, who has decorated Lake Junaluska’s interior spaces for the past seven years. Milner said Lambuth Inn holds a special place in her heart when it comes to decorations.

“It’s the historic nature of the building,” Milner said. “The columns and décor seem perfectly suited to Christmas decorations, and this year with the new renovation Lambuth looks even more elegant than usual.”

The decorations add to the festive vibe for guests who attend Lake Junaluska events in November and December. More than a thousand visitors come to Lake Junaluska for the annual Appalachian Christmas event, which includes three performances—Handel’s Messiah, Storyteller Sheila Kay Adams and the Lake Junaluska Singers. Thousands more come for the Balsam Range Art of Music Festival.

“This group of volunteers feels a huge sense of responsibility to do what we can to make Lake Junaluska a place of Christian hospitality,” Don Rankin said. “We enjoy the positive comments the decorations produce from visitors and community members alike.”

Everyone is invited to come to Lake Junaluska for Appalachian Christmas December 7-8. Tickets are on sale for $23 reserved, $18 general admission. Taxes apply. Learn more at

Lake Junaluska is a place of Christian hospitality where lives are transformed through renewal of soul, mind and body. For more information about Lake Junaluska, visit


Appalachian Christmas at Lake Junaluska

All performances take place in Stuart Auditorium at Lake Junaluska.

Handel's Messiah, featuring a local choir and musicians

Friday, December 7

7:30 p.m.

Appalachian Christmas Craft Show

Saturday, December 8

9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Harrell Center

Sheila Kay Adams, Storyteller

Saturday, December 8

2 p.m.

The Lake Junaluska Singers Christmas Concert

Saturday, December 8

7:30 p.m.


Mary Bates
Lake Junaluska
PO Box 67, Lake Junaluska, NC 28745