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Point of Grace to perform at Lake Junaluska’s Appalachian Christmas


LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. – All are invited to Lake Junaluska December 9-11 for Appalachian Christmas, a weekend of concerts and a craft fair.

This year Lake Junaluska welcomes Point of Grace for a special Christmas concert on Saturday, Dec. 10 at 7:30 p.m. This multi-platinum country-gospel group is one of the most impactful artists in Christian music. In their latest album, Directions Home, they collaborated with legends like Vince Gill and Ricky Skaggs. The group has two Grammy nominations and 13 Dove awards, and their talent is marked by flexibility, vocal range and inspiring melodies. Point of Grace will perform.

The celebrations kick off with a performance of Handel’s Messiah on Friday, Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m. Messiah is a baroque-era music composition by George Frideric Handel, composed in 1741-1742. This year’s performers includes Joyce Guyer, principal artist at the Metropolitan Opera for 16 seasons; Mary Gayle Green, professor at Appalachian State; Randall Outland, voice teacher and performer; and Ed Davis, who has sung for numerous performances in this area. They will be accompanied by strings, trumpet, an organ and a chorus.

“We expect participation from members of Haywood Community Chorus, Givens Estates and area church choirs,” said Kathy Geyer McNeil, who is directing this year’s performance. “This is a wonderful opportunity for our community to come together to perform a masterpiece of the season amidst the beauty of the Lake at Christmas.”

The Cockman Family will play a matinee concert on Saturday, Dec. 10 at 2 p.m. Their signature bluegrass-gospel sound, warm family atmosphere and instrumental proficiency will delight the audience.

“Over the last 21 years our children have grown up at Lake Junaluska,” said John Cockman. “We feel a real kinship to Lake Junaluska and the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Junaluska is lovely any time of year but is especially magical at Christmas. Now with 12 performing grandchildren who have never missed a year at Lake Junaluska, we are proud to be part of another Appalachian Christmas.”

The Appalachian Christmas Craft Show features dozens of local artisans on Saturday, Dec. 10 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can find one-of-a-kind gifts including pottery, natural soaps, jewelry and stained glass. The craft show will take place in the Harrell Center at Lake Junaluska.

Individual concert tickets are now on sale. Concert tickets are $18 for general admission. All concerts are held in Stuart Auditorium at Lake Junaluska. To purchase concert tickets, visit or call 800-222-4930.

Lodging packages are also available at one of Lake Junaluska’s hotels. Packages include meals, lodging, tickets to all three concerts and two tickets to Christmas at Biltmore. For more information, visit: or call 800-222-4930.

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 Events

All concerts are in Stuart Auditorium at Lake Junaluska

Handel's Messiah, featuring a local choir and orchestra
Friday, Dec. 9
7:30 p.m.

Appalachian Christmas Craft Show
Saturday, Dec. 10
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Harrell Center Auditorium

The Cockman Family in Concert
Saturday, Dec. 10
2 p.m.

Point of Grace Concert
Saturday, Dec. 10
7:30 p.m.


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