Bryson City Christmas Parade returns Saturday

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The 40th annual Christmas parade held in downtown Bryson City and sponsored by the Swain County Chamber of Commerce returns on Saturday, Dec. 3. 

“The Biggest Little Christmas Parade in the Smokies” will begin at 2 p.m. and include parade floats, fire trucks, live music, classic cars, beauty queens and more. You can bet Old Saint Nick will make an appearance!

Spectators and parade participants should note an important change in this year’s event. The route will be reversed, as requested by local law enforcement. 

The parade will now begin on Upper Everett Street (next to the Bryson City Presbyterian Church) and then work its way down Everett Street to take a right onto Main Street. These will be the only two streets on the parade route.

Parade floats will line up on Toot Hollow Road, facing town.

Walking units will gather at the parking lot at Rollon Smith’s Tax Service.

Last-minute float decorations can be made using the parking lot beside the old parking lot or the high school parking lot. 

Parents can meet children participating in the parade at Valley Village Shopping Center after the parade for pick up.

“Thank you for your continued support of our Christmas Parade and all of our events,” said Karen Proctor Wilmot, executive director of Swain County Chamber of Commerce.

If you have any questions, contact the chamber at 488-3681 or email at

The parade on Saturday is certainly not the last of the holiday activities in town. 

You can still visit the Swain County Heritage Museum and Visitor’s Center on Saturdays through December for the “Christmas Past—Mountain Traditions” from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. to learn about how previous generations have celebrated Christmas in the mountains and to make old-time Christmas tree decorations.

Also at the museum through December, families can bring the kids to write a Letter to Santa with materials provided and to visit with Santa Claus on the porch of the historic cabin upstairs from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. on Saturdays.

Mark your calendars too for the Bryson City New Year’s Eve Celebration, an inaugural event that will take place on Everett and Fry streets downtown beginning at 8 p.m. on the evening of December 31. The free family-friendly event will include hot cocoa, a kids area and a midnight fireworks show.

For more great holiday information, stop by the Smoky Mountain Times office for a copy of the free special publication of Mountain Traveler Holiday Edition. 

You can also keep up with Swain County’s holiday activities by visiting the Swain County Chamber of Commerce’s website at www.great and clicking on the Christmas in the Smokies page under the special events link.

Smoky Mountain Times

Mailing Address:
PO Box 730
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Bryson City, NC 28713 
Phone: 828-488-2189
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