A Holiday Home Coming in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Come Home to Carr’s for the Holidays

Great Smoky Mountains A Holiday Homecoming

December 15, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

There is a chill in the air and excitement too!  It’s that ‘Holiday Feeling’ that grips all of us this time of year!

There is a nostalgia connected with the holiday season:  thoughts of going home, getting back to a simpler way of life, singing the tunes you know that lift your spirit and your heart, and thoughts of how you celebrated the holidays as a child growing up.  And an overwhelming desire to reproduce those same feelings of wonder, joy, family, celebration, and good old family fun activities to our children.

Now it is possible!  The Oconaluftee Visitor Center near the TN/NC border of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is hosting “A Holiday Homecoming” on December 15, 2012 where you can partake in an old-fashioned Christmas celebration in the Smokies, including traditional holiday music.

From 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Park Rangers and volunteers will be engaging young and old in hands-on traditional gift making, giving you a wonderful souvenir to take home with you!  In the past, the craft activity has been making cornhusk dolls and cinnamon scented ornaments.  There will also be skilled artisans giving demonstrations on all kinds of traditional Smoky Mountain craft creation throughout the morning.

But, there’s still more holiday fun to be had!  From 1-3 p.m., gather round to hear two hours of traditional holiday music, though not always on traditional instruments!  You are not only encouraged to join in singing, but to also bring your own instrument and join in playing.  There will be up to 20 local musicians and groups, both professional as well as enthusiast, who will be performing for you in a wide variety of holiday tunes. Hot apple cider and holiday cookies will also be served!

The Holiday Homecoming event is free and wheelchair accessible.  Oconaluftee Visitor Center is on Highway 441, approximately a one-hour drive from Carr’s Cottages. Come on home!

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