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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 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 concerts by the Lake Junaluska Singers and the Appalachian Christmas Craft Show showcasing dozens of local artisans.

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. Ticket information is coming soon!

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. Ticket information is coming soon!

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. Ticket information is coming soon!


Appalachian Christmas Worship Service

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

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 will be available in 2018.

For more information on Biltmore Estate packages click here.

2 and 3-night lodging packages will be available. Check back soon for pricing! 

Call 800-222-4930 to make a reservation or email for more information!

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.