Cherokee Lights & Legends Christmas | Cherokee, NC

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Cherokee Lights & Legends Christmas

Friday, December 15 from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Join us at the Cherokee Indian Fair Grounds for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians’ Christmas celebration December 15 through 17.

Festive Lights and Legends decorations will get you in the holiday spirit! Highlights include performances by the Kenya Safari Acrobats, a country-style cake walk, a raffle for a big gingerbread house, and hourly drawings for door prizes. Visit Santa’s Workshop in the Exhibit Hall to enjoy craft making, games for the kids, a bouncy house, and pictures with Santa. Hourly door prize giveaways will be held in the Exhibit Hall everyday as well! There are a wide variety of awesome electronics, toys, and appliances for the young and young at heart. Take a glide on the synthetic ice-skating rink. There is no admission cost for this event, but individual activities require a nominal fee ($5 or less). Vendors will be on hand for you to buy that Christmas craft or get a bite to eat. Bring cash for the activities too—there is no on-site ATM and no bank card sales.

Don’t miss the “Christmas at Home” Parade on December 16 at 5:30 p.m.! Cherokee goes on the road with lighted floats, marching bands, and more.  Gather at the Cherokee Welcome Center after the parade for a special lighting ceremony for our 40-foot Christmas tree!

Come celebrate Christmas with us!



Cherokee Indian Fair Grounds


545 Tsali Blvd.
Cherokee, NC 28719

Contact: Cherokee Welcome Center
Phone: 800.438.1601

Christmas Parade 2018

Saturday, December 15 from 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm

Experience the many sights and sounds of festive holiday entertainment between the Cherokee Bear Zoo and the Museum of the Cherokee Indian at Cherokee’s annual Christmas Parade. Spectators are encouraged to bring their own chairs, as well as bags for the candy thrown from passing floats. All parking along the parade path and surrounding areas will cease 15 minutes prior to the parade and roads will not open again until the conclusion of parade festivities. 

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