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Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center: Christmas in the Village

Category: Festivals & special events, History & heritage and Kids & family

A New Tradition at the Heritage Center! Plan Your Visit for One of Five Scheduled Evenings

The Heritage Center's "Christmas in the Village" will welcome visitors on select dates in November and December to experience Smoky Mountain traditions and demonstrations, create their own make-and-take crafts, and enjoy warm refreshments.

Guests can celebrate the holiday season with family at “Christmas in the Village” on November 28, December 5, 12, and 19, by stepping back in time to a pioneer celebration. Living history interpreters will act as guides through the holiday-adorned historic Appalachian village full of handcrafting demonstrations and craft stations, allowing visitors to connect with the spirit and history of Townsend, Cades Cove, and the Great Smoky Mountains. Kettle corn and hot cider will also be available for guests to enjoy.

“The Heritage Center’s Christmas in the Village celebration is a wonderful way to welcome in the holiday season, experience the region’s unique culture, and discover Appalachian holiday traditions,” says Executive Director Brent Lambert.

Tickets for Christmas in the Village are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $7 for children and children 5 and under are free. Tours begin at 5 p.m. with the last tour starting at 8 p.m.

Heritage Center Members enjoy free admission on Saturday, November 28. Also, the Village Experience will be open on Friday, December 11 to only those who hold tickets for the Billy Dean concert that same night. Full admission is required on all other dates.

The Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center places the highest priority on the health and well-being of their guests, employees and volunteers. For this reason, the Heritage Center will enforce the following guidelines: Social distancing of at least six feet while on the property (indoors or outdoors) is necessary. All guests and employees must wear masks in the gift shop, restrooms and tours. Masks will not be provided but will be available for purchase at the gift shop. Reduced capacities will be enforced during tours and in common areas such as the gift shop. Hand sanitizer stations will also be available. The Heritage Center will continue to closely monitor CDC guidelines as well as any state-issued orders pertaining to COVID-19. If changes are deemed necessary, the Heritage Center will alert all ticketholders via website, social media and email/telephone.

Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center, 3/4 mile east of traffic light at the Highway 321 and 73 intersection towards the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Townsend, TN. Hours: M-Sa 10-5. Information: 865-448-0044,

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