When: Nov. 30 every Friday and Saturday night through Dec. 15
Where: Cherokee Historical Association Business Office (across the street from the Museum of the Cherokee Indian
What: In the Santa room, kids can visit with the jolly man in the red suit and have a picture made by Chris McCoy. In the Santa’s workshop area, children can create a special ornament to keep or give as a gift. The retail area will feature unique handcrafted items for the special person on your list. Choral groups will be singing and there will even be a storyteller. And, for that ole time feeling, take a ride on a horse drawn wagon around Cherokee as you take in the beautiful decorations. Coffee, hot chocolate, apple cider and homemade treats available.
Info: Linda Squirrel 497-1125
Christmas at Qualla
When: every Saturday until Christmas from 11am – 2pm
Where: Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual at 645 Tsali Blvd.
What: Get your photo taken with Native Santa and enjoy 25 percent storewide savings from Dec. 1-31.
Cherokee Christmas Parade
When: Dec. 1 at 5:30pm
Where: downtown Cherokee
What: Annual parade with a theme of “Treasures of Christmas”
EBCI Transit Holiday Trips
* Dec. 1 – Lights and Dinner in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. and Gatlinburg, Tenn., you pay for dinner, then view the lights, leave at 4pm from Transit
* Dec. 3 – Shopping at Waynesville Wal-Mart Shopping Center, dinner on your own, leave at 4pm from Transit, return from Waynesville at 9pm
* Dec. 7 – Shopping at Pigeon Forge Outlets, dinner on your own, leave at 4pm from Transit, leave Pigeon Forge at 9pm
Cost: Free, call 554-6300 to reserve your seat. A minimum of four persons are required to go. If less than four people show for the trip, it will be cancelled. All trips are weather-permitting.
37th Annual Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade
When: Dec. 7 at 7:30pm
Where: downtown Gatlinburg, Tenn.
What: Annual parade with over 100 entries and a dozen marching bands from five states
38th Annual Christmas Parade
When: Dec. 8 at 2pm
Where: downtown Bryson City
What: Annual parade featuring bands, floats, and more
New Kituwah Academy Christmas Program
When: Dec. 14 at 10am
Where: Acquoni Expo Center
What: Christmas program by the students
Holidays on the Hardwood Basketball Tournament
When: Dec. 27-29
Where: Cherokee High School arena
What: The CHS varsity basketball teams will host this tournament for eight boys teams and eight girls teams.
Cost: $8/day pass