Calendar of Events

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Rumble in the Rhododendron Fly Fishing Tournament
Date(s): Nov 04, 2017 - Nov 05, 2017
When: TBA
Where: Catch and Release Water Cherokee

Are you and your best fly-fishing buddy ready to rumble with the top anglers around? Then get your $225 entry fee together for this two-person team competition held exclusively in the catch-and-release section of Cherokee’s “trophy waters” known simply as Raven Fork. This tournament offers a payout* totaling $10,000 for the top teams. To enter this tournament you must first acquire a Cherokee fishing permit (a list of permit-selling locations may be found at FishCherokee.com), then register for the event by phone or in person wherever fishing permits are sold. Prize money will be distributed at the Beetle Stage next to the Cherokee Welcome Center. Your entry fee also includes lunch and dinner. Open to all ages.  - See more at: http://visitcherokeenc.com/events/detail/rumble-in-the-rhododendron-fly-fishing-tournament/#sthash.BayBFh4D.dpuf

The Polar Express
Date(s): Nov 10, 2017 - Nov 11, 2017
When: Multiple departures
Where: Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, Bryson City

The 1 ¼ hour round-trip excursion on the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad comes to life as the train departs Bryson City for a special visit at the "North Pole." Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, guests on board will enjoy warm cocoa and a treat while listening and reading along with the magical story.

The train arrives to find Santa Claus waiting. Santa boards the train greeting each child and presenting them with their own silver sleigh bell. Christmas carols will be sung as they return back to the Bryson City Depot. Call 800-872-4681 or click here

"Unncorked " - Wine & Dine Train Event
Date(s): Nov 11, 2017
When: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Where: Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Depot

Full service all-adult first class ride on the Tuckasegee River Excursion (includes stopover in historic Dillsboro). Narrator onboard to discuss each pairing of four wines with a meal that includes an exclusive sampling of local cheeses, a freshly made surf & turf entree and selection of handmade chocolates with the last sample taste. All passengers also receive souvenir stemless wine glass. Age 21 and over only. 800-872-4681 or click here

Hike the Smokies: North Shore Road Loop
Date(s): Nov 14, 2017

Friends of the Smokies guided hikes in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park feature interpretation of the featured trail, history, and park projects supported by Friends of the Smokies. 
The North Shore Road Loop hike is 9.4 miles with a moderate 1,350 foot ascent and features a historic tunnel with the highlight of the hike being brook trout restoration. 
828-452-0720 or click here

The Polar Express
Date(s): Nov 17, 2017 - Nov 22, 2017
When: Multiple departures
Where: Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, Bryson City

The 1 ¼ hour round-trip excursion on the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad comes to life as the train departs Bryson City for a special visit at the "North Pole." Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, guests on board will enjoy warm cocoa and a treat while listening and reading along with the magical story.

The train arrives to find Santa Claus waiting. Santa boards the train greeting each child and presenting them with their own silver sleigh bell. Christmas carols will be sung as they return back to the Bryson City Depot. Call 800-872-4681 or click here

Back Porch Old Time Music Jam
Date(s): Nov 18, 2017
When: 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

Bring an acoustic instrument and join in on this old-time jam. Or just sit back and enjoy the sights and sounds as others play traditional Appalachian Music. On the covered porch at the visitor center. More info

Thanksgiving Family Festivities at Fontana
Date(s): Nov 23, 2017 - Nov 26, 2017
Where: Fontana Village Resort, Fontana Dam

Bring the family to the Smokies for endless fun, entertainment and a classic Thanksgiving buffet at the Mountview Restaurant. Enjoy guided hikes, square dancing, and much more! Call 800-849-2258 or click here.

Polar Express
Date(s): Nov 24, 2017 - Nov 26, 2017
When: Multiple departures
Where: Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, Bryson City

The 1 ¼ hour round-trip excursion on the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad comes to life as the train departs Bryson City for a special visit at the "North Pole." Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, guests on board will enjoy warm cocoa and a treat while listening and reading along with the magical story.

The train arrives to find Santa Claus waiting. Santa boards the train greeting each child and presenting them with their own silver sleigh bell. Christmas carols will be sung as they return back to the Bryson City Depot. Call 800-872-4681 or click here

Bryson City Spirit Of Christmas
Date(s): Nov 25, 2017
When: 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Where: Downtown Bryson City

Carol with Santa from the caboose at Everett Street to the town square for the town Christmas Tree lighting ceremony. Afterwards step across the street to the Visitor Center for hot cocoa and cookies, letter writing to Santa, and a visit with St. Nick himself! In the true Spirit of Christmas bring a canned good to donate to the food pantry or a new unwrapped gift for for the local toy drive! 800-867-9246 or click here for more info.

Event sponsors: Duke EnergySwain Community Hospital, and Swain County Tourism Development Authority.