holiday decorations and snow on rose walk

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 celebration from November 11, 2023 – January 8, 2024. Our lakeside village is merry and bright, decorated by more than 70 Lake Junaluska community volunteers. Stay with us at the lakeside Terrace Hotel or historic Lambuth Inn, and delight in viewing Christmas lights, garlands and wreaths on everything from lampposts to gazebos.

During our Christmas at Lake Junaluska weekend December 8-10, we’ll host carriage rides plus Blue Ridge Big Band’s A Christmas Blast from the Past at Stuart Auditorium and Lessons and Carols at Memorial Chapel. This traditional English service includes Scripture readings and corresponding music sung by the congregation or by soloists with harp and flute enhancing the music.

Last-minute shoppers can enjoy Christmas at Lake Junaluska sales at Junaluska Gifts & Grounds and the Lake Junaluska Golf Course pro shop too. You can also book a Holiday Party dining event for your group!

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

Book your stay at the lakeside Terrace Hotel. Enjoy mountain lake views from our spacious lobby, decorated for the holidays.

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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 at Lake Junaluska

November 28, 2024
Terrace Hotel Dining Room
Dining Events

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

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Balsam Range Art of Music Festival

December 6, 2024–December 7, 2024

Hosted by internationally acclaimed group Balsam Range, the Art of Music Festival features concerts by some of the top bluegrass and acoustic musicians in the nation.

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Holiday Specials & Packages

Lake Junaluska Golf Course Package

Enjoy a round of golf for two people including cart at the Lake Junaluska Golf Course plus two nights at The Terrace Hotel or Lake Junaluska Apartments with hot breakfast at The Terrace Hotel Dining Room each morning. The package includes:

  • Two (2) Nights lodging at The Terrace Hotel or Lake Junaluska Apartments at Lake Junaluska
  • Hot Breakfast Daily at The Terrace Hotel Dining Room
  • One round of golf for two people, including golf cart
  • 10% off Lake Junaluska Golf Course Pro Shop Merchandise
Pricing Information:
Package pricing varies depending on the lodging preferences selected.
Booking Details:

Book By Phone
Call 800-222-4930 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Book Online
  1. Click "Book Now."
  2. Select an arrival date and 2 or more nights for your stay.
  3. Look for "Golf Course Package" rates and click "Show Rooms" to see room availability and prices.
  4. Choose a room, click "Book Now," complete your reservation and mark your calendar to join us for a great golf getaway!
Before your arrival, our reservations team will contact you regarding reserving your tee time.
Father and son walking down the fairway of a Lake Junaluska Golf Course hole.

Balsam Range Art of Music Festival Package

Book a 2024 Balsam Range Art of Music Festival Package.

Enjoy on-site festival lodging at Lake Junaluska, premium reserved seating at the 2024 Balsam Range Art of Music Festival concerts and more when you purchase a 2024 festival package. The 2024 Balsam Range Art of Music Festival concerts will be Friday, Dec. 6, 2024, and Saturday, Dec. 7, 2024, with a kickoff event on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2024. The 2024 festival package includes:

• Nightly guest accommodations (2-night minimum) at The Terrace Hotel or Lambuth Inn
• Tickets for premium reserved seating for the 2024 Balsam Range Art of Music Festival concerts at historic Stuart Auditorium at Lake Junaluska on Dec. 6 & Dec. 7, 2024, for each registered guest
• Breakfast each day of your stay, served at The Terrace Hotel
• Lake Junaluska Gift Upon Arrival (one per room)
• Festival workshops on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2024

Pricing Information:
A variety of pricing options are available for consideration between The Terrace Hotel and Lambuth Inn packages based on length of stay (2-night minimum) and room type. Please review options online or call reservations at 800-222-4930 for assistance.
Booking Details:

Purchase Online
Visit our online reservation system. Under the “Art of Music 2024" option, select "Show Rooms" and choose your room. To add or change your reservation dates, click "Change Request." Please note a two-night minimum stay is required, and tickets to the festival kickoff event on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2024, must be purchased separately.
Book By Phone
Our reservations team is available by phone at 800-222-4930 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Balsam Range

Decorated Christmas tree - ornaments
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

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.
downtown waynesville in snow

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.