Rocking chairs with holiday decorations

Holiday season kicks off at Lake Junaluska with a Thanksgiving holiday buffet and 5K

October 11, 2023

The holiday season at Lake Junaluska kicks off Thanksgiving weekend with a delicious holiday buffet, festive Christmas decorations and the annual Waynesville Sunrise Rotary Turkey Trot 5K.

The Thanksgiving Dinner Buffet will be held at the lakeside Terrace Hotel Dining Room on Thursday, Nov. 23, with reservations available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The menu features prime rib and whole turkey carving stations with dishes from candied yams to honey lavender cornbread.

The meal follows the third annual Waynesville Sunrise Rotary Turkey Trot 5K at Lake Junaluska, which starts at 9 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day. The course takes participants along the scenic lakeside walking trail, which is open daily to all lake visitors.

Thanks to dedicated volunteers and staff members, Lake Junaluska also will be beautifully decorated for the holidays Thanksgiving weekend with lights, garland, wreaths and more.

To make reservations or learn more, visit To make lodging reservations, book online or call 800-222-4930 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

We have much to be thankful for and invite you to join us this Thanksgiving at Lake Junaluska.