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 Appalachian Christmas at Lake Junaluska

December 6-9, 2018

Let the nostalgic charm of Appalachian hospitality warm you this holiday season. Awaken the spirit of Christmas through live music, famed storytelling, hearty meals and moving worship. Visit the  Appalachian Christmas Craft Show or area shops. Step back in time with turn-of-the-century Christmas décor at the exquisite Biltmore Estate and our newly remodeled Lambuth Inn. Festivities include the Lake Junaluska Singers Christmas Concert and a performance of Handel's Messiah featuring a regional choir and orchestra. 

2-Night Appalachian Christmas Package

  • 2 Dinners
  • 2 Breakfasts
  • Reserved seating and tickets for each event: Handel's Messiah, Storyteller Sheila Kay Adams and Lake Junaluska Singers
  • Appalachian Christmas Craft Show
  • Appalachian Christmas Service

Optional Add-On: Biltmore Estate! 

Pricing:

  • The Terrace (Lakefront): $449
  • The Terrace (Northside): $429
  • Lambuth Inn (West End): $352
  • Lambuth Inn (East End): $342

Based on Double Occupancy. Taxes apply. 

3-Night Appalachian Christmas Package

  • 2 Dinners
  • 3 Breakfasts
  • Cookies & Carols with John Cockman Jr Family & Friends on Thursday night
  • Reserved seating and tickets for each event: Handel's Messiah, Storyteller Sheila Kay Adams and Lake Junaluska Singers
  • Appalachian Christmas Craft Show
  • Appalachian Christmas Service

Optional Add-On: Biltmore Estate! 

Pricing:

  • The Terrace (Lakefront): $528
  • The Terrace (Northside): $498
  • Lambuth Inn (West End): $464
  • Lambuth Inn (East End): $412

Based on Double Occupancy. Taxes apply. 

Call 800-222-4930 to make a reservation or email reservations@lakejunaluska.com

Appalachian Christmas Events

John Cockman Family and Friends play Appalachian Christmas at Lake Junaluska

[EXCLUSIVE] Cookies and Carols with John Cockman Family and Friends

Thursday, December 6, 2018 7:30 p.m.

In this private event especially for Appalachian Christmas lodging package holders, guests will gather in the Lambuth Inn to sing favorite Christmas carols and enjoy cookies, cider and hot cocoa. The astoundingly talented John Cockman family and friends will lead us in singing with a bluegrass and gospel flair. Entrance to this event is included only when you purchase the Appalachian Christmas package - no additional tickets will be sold. 

Handel's Messiah performed by the Lake Junaluska singers and regional choir during Appalachian Christmas

Handel's Messiah

Friday, December 7 | 7:30 p.m.

A group of regional choristers, orchestra and the Lake Junaluska Singers will sing selections from Handel's Messiah which tells of Christ's birth. Messiah is a baroque-era music composition for orchestra, choir and soloists composed by George Frideric Handel from 1741-42. Notable musical selections include the Hallelujah Chorus, For Unto Us A Child Born, and Glory to God. 

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Appalachian Christmas Craft Show

Saturday, December 8 | 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

The Appalachian Christmas craft show brings together vendors from across the Appalachian region to sell their unique and beautiful crafts. The show is hosted by the Junaluska Woman's Club and all profits go toward charitable organizations. The show is open to the public.

Storyteller Sheila Kay Adams speaks during Appalachian Christmas at Lake Junaluska

Storyteller Sheila Kay Adams

Saturday, December 8 | 2 p.m.  

A seventh-generation ballad singer, storyteller, and musician, Sheila Kay Adams was born and raised in the Sodom Laurel community of Madison County, North Carolina, an area renowned for its unbroken tradition of unaccompanied ballad singing dating back to the early Scottish, Scots/Irish and English settlers in the mid-17th century. In September, 2013, she received the nation’s highest award for the arts, The National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship Award which recognizes folk and traditional artists for their artistic excellence and efforts to conserve America's culture for future generations. In 2016, Sheila received the North Carolina Heritage Award, the state’s highest award for the arts. 

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Lake Junaluska Singers Appalachian Christmas

The Lake Junaluska Singers

Saturday, December 8 | 7:30 p.m.

The Lake Junaluska Singers will perform a moving Christmas concert in historic Stuart Auditorium to end their 2018 season. The Lake Junaluska Singers were formed in 1954, and their legacy includes national and international performances for conferences, dignitaries and major events. Their music ranges from classical choral and contemporary works to gospel, folk, traditional hymns and musical theatre. 

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Appalachian Christmas Worship Service

Sunday, December 9  |  9:30 a.m.

Conclude your Appalachian Christmas with a stirring Advent worship service in our beautiful and historic stone chapel on the edge of the lake.

Lake Junaluska partners with Biltmore Estate to offer discounted rates for entry during Christmas

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! Add the Biltmore Estate to your Appalachian Christmas package and enjoy a day exploring the turn-of-the-century architecture and design.

For more information on Biltmore Estate packages click here. Or call 800-222-4930 to see about adding Biltmore Estate to your Appalachian Christmas package. 

Sponsored in part by the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority, visitncsmokies.com

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