Western North Carolina is a wonderful place to escape when the temperature starts to drop. Smaller crowds, seasonal events, and stunning snow-capped mountains make this an ideal time to visit. Additionally, there are some exciting activities that only take place during the winter months. Here are some of our top picks for a Waynesville winter getaway.
The Waynesville Christmas Parade
A special favorite of residents and tourists alike, the annual Waynesville Christmas Parade is a really big deal. Described by some as something straight out of a Norman Rockwell painting, this event showcases many of the local businesses, churches, and interest groups from the local area. This year’s parade will take place on December 5th, 2022 at 6 pm along Main Street.
A Night Before Christmas
Hundreds of luminaries line the brick sidewalks of downtown Waynesville during this special annual event. Highlights include carolers, live music, Santa and Mrs. Claus, a living nativity, and old-fashioned horse-drawn wagon rides. Shops and galleries stay open late for those seeking the perfect gift, while visitors can also enjoy excellent dining and entertainment throughout the evening. This year the event will span two weekends to accommodate all the extra visitors! This year’s events will take place on December 10th and December 17th, 2022 from 6 to 9 pm all across Downtown Waynesville.
Christmas at Biltmore
Starting in late Autumn, the staff at Biltmore begin a frenzy of decorating to get ready for the holidays. Trees and garland adorn the majestic rooms in Biltmore House for guests to enjoy during the Candlelight Christmas Evenings. Glittering lights also cover much of the grounds and Antler Hill Village, setting the stage for excellent holiday photos. Christmas at Biltmore runs from November 4th, 2022 through January 7th, 2023. Reservations required.
The Polar Express (TM) Train Ride
Now an annual tradition, the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad hosts this wonderful kid-friendly experience. This unique 1¼ hour round-trip journey departs from the Bryson City Depot. Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, guests enjoy warm cocoa and a treat while listening and reading along with the story. The train arrives at the North Pole and Santa greets each child, presenting them with their own silver sleigh bell. Christmas carols are sung as they return back to Bryson City. The Polar Express runs from November 10th, 2022 through December 31st, 2022. Reservations required.
Cataloochee Ski Area and Tube World
Located just north of Maggie Valley, Cataloochee Ski Area features 18 excellent trails for every level of skier or snowboarder. Onsite rentals provide all the necessary equipment, and lessons are offered for a variety of ages and skill levels. In addition to regular daytime skiing, lighting on all trails allows for excellent night skiing. Cataloochee also hosts a small terrain park for boarders and more adventurous skiers. If you are looking for an alternative way to enjoy a little speed on the snow, be sure to check out Tube World. With specially groomed slopes maintained for inner tubing, the 1 hour and 45-minute slope pass should tire out even the most avid tubing enthusiast. Better still, their moving carpet lift makes it easy to get back to the top of the slope, letting you save your energy for each downhill run.
Our luxurious Waynesville bed and breakfast makes a perfect home base for your Western North Carolina winter getaway Book one of our romantic suites and relax in front of your fireplace after a day of exploring. Enjoy our homemade three-course breakfast each morning, or a glass of wine while soaking in our quiet mountain views each evening. Also, special weekday discounts are available in December for North Carolina residents, senior citizens, and retired military personnel and veterans.