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The Holidays
at Lake Junaluska

Let the nostalgic charm of Appalachian hospitality warm you this holiday season at Lake Junaluska.

Get in the holiday spirit during our 7-week celebration from November 22, 2022 – January 10, 2023.

Our lakeside village is merry and bright, decorated by more than 70 Lake Junaluska community volunteers. You’ll delight in viewing Christmas lights, garlands and wreaths on everything from lampposts to gazebos.

Located near Maggie Valley and Waynesville, we’re just a short drive from Asheville and Biltmore. Come for a peaceful getaway or plan a special family gathering Christmas week or New Year’s Eve.

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2021 Travelers' Choice by Tripadvisor

With hundreds of acres to explore, our mountain lake destination features a variety of places to stay – including a contemporary hotel, historic inn and vacation rental homes. Both The Terrace Hotel and Lambuth Inn received the prestigious 2021 Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice Award for being rated in the Top 10% of Hotels Worldwide!

The Terrace Hotel in Snow
The Terrace Hotel

The Terrace Hotel is one of the few lakeside hotels in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Find plenty of rocking chairs on the hotel’s deck to enjoy the peaceful lake and snowy mountain views. Rates include a hot breakfast at The Terrace Hotel dining room with scenic indoor and outdoor seating, and access to many lakeside amenities. Learn more about The Terrace Hotel and check availability online now.

Lambuth Inn in snow decorated for holidays
Lambuth Inn

The historic Lambuth Inn sits high on a hill above the lake with a “national park lodge” feel. Built in 1921, the hotel’s recent renovations have added modern guest comforts while preserving the charm of the beloved landmark. Adjacent is Inspiration Point with the best views overlooking the lake and Great Smoky Mountains. Read more about Lambuth Inn and check availability online now.

Lake Junaluska holiday golf cart parade

Upcoming Holiday Events

Thanksgiving 2022

November 24, 2022
Terrace Hotel Dining Room
Dining Events

We have much to be thankful for and invite you to join us this Thanksgiving at Lake Junaluska. Enjoy a Thanksgiving feast at The Terrace Hotel dining room and a peaceful waterfront setting with a lakeside trail to walk off the extra calories, rocking chairs for relaxation and plenty of festive holiday decorations. Stay the weekend or visit just for a day.

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Appalachian Christmas

December 15, 2022–December 18, 2022

Enjoy a special weekend of holiday events, music and more, and see Lake Junaluska decorated for the holidays during our Appalachian Christmas festivities.

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Holiday Specials & Packages

2022 Balsam Range Art of Music Festival Package

Spend the weekend Dec. 2-4, 2022, at scenic Lake Junaluska during the Balsam Range Art of Music Festival! The 2022 Festival Lodging Package includes for two people:

• Two nights of on-site festival lodging at The Terrace Hotel or Lambuth Inn (Dec. 2-4, 2022) (based on double occupancy)
• Tickets for two people for special reserved seating for concerts at Lake Junaluska on Dec. 2 & Dec. 3, 2022
• Breakfast on Dec. 3 & Dec. 4, 2022
• Festival workshops on Dec. 3, 2022
• Lake Junaluska Gift

Pricing Information:
Lodging packages for two people start at $614 + tax for a lakeside room at The Terrace Hotel, $594 + tax for a northside room at The Terrace Hotel, and $585 + tax for a room at historic Lambuth Inn. (Ask us about adding additional nights or guests to your package!)
Booking Details:
Book a festival lodging package online or call 800-222-4930
Balsam Range on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Group Ski Packages

Lake Junaluska makes planning your ski weekend simple – we take care of all the details while you enjoy time with your family or group. Our ski packages include lodging, meals, ski lift ticket, boots and skis, and a lesson at the ski area. Available seasonally from December to February.

Booking Details:
For more information, email [email protected] or call 800-222-4930 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
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Christmas Tree Farms

Three farms are located just six miles from Lake Junaluska. On your way home, stop by to choose and cut the perfect tree (mid-November through mid-December). Each farm makes the experience very festive and kids of all ages love to explore the farms: Boyd Christmas Tree Farm, Mehaffey Tree Farm, WNC Christmas Trees.

Cataloochee Ski Area overhead mountain view
Cataloochee Ski Area

Just 12 miles from Lake Junaluska is one of the best places for skiing and snowboarding in the South. Enjoy panoramic views of the Great Smoky Mountains as you ride 18 slopes and trails on 50 acres at 5,400 feet elevation. With one of the most advanced snowmaking systems, Cataloochee Ski Area has great skiing conditions much of the winter. Lessons and equipment rental available.

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Tube World

Tube World, located in nearby Maggie Valley, provides fun snow tubing for the entire family – no experience needed! Book a two-hour session that includes specially designed inner tubes. Ride down the slope and ride back up on the moving carpet to repeat as much as you want. They usually open by mid-December, depending on the weather.

Go to their website for details.
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Shop for the perfect gifts with plenty of stores and galleries in downtown Waynesville and Maggie Valley. Favorite spots include Mast General Store in Waynesville and Cabbage Rose in Maggie Valley. Just 30 minutes away in Asheville, go to Christmas at Biltmore or drive through the half-million lights at the North Carolina Arboretum.