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. 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!

 

Location:

Cherokee Indian Fair Grounds

545 Tsali Blvd.
Cherokee, NC 28719

Contact: Cherokee Welcome Center
Phone: 800.438.1601
Email:


Turkey Strut 5K Walk/Run

Saturday, November 18 from 10:30 am to 3:00 pm

Get ready for Turkey Day with a 5K. This year, the event will benefit the Cherokee Braves Booster Club, a community organization that supports all athletes of Cherokee Central Schools by organizing team and school events, coordinating athletic programs, and raising monies to support our local athletes. On-site registration will be available from 10:30–11:30 a.m. Or pre-register online at runsignup.com. The race begins at noon.

Pre-sale Tickets:
$15 for adults before November 12, and $20 after November 12 
$5 for adults ages 59 and up
$5 for kids ages 12 and younger


Brothers in the Wind Toy Run

Saturday, November 25 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

All proceeds from this annual motorcycle ride go to children and families in need. Following the ride will be music, drinks, and food at the Fair Grounds. There will also be chances to win door prizes and 50/50 tickets. The requested donation is $20 per rider or $30 per couple. Tickets can be purchased at the Cherokee Indian Fair Grounds entrance. Please park at the front entrance to the Fair Grounds. Ride route will be determined just prior to the event, depending on the weather. Signup begins at 10:30 a.m. and riders depart at noon.


Cherokee Lights & Legends Christmas

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

It's a traditional Christmas celebration with all the trimmings, but with a unique Cherokee twist. Enjoy interactive displays of Cherokee legends, ice skating, a 40-ft. Christmas tree, and more.


Cherokee Lights & Legends Christmas

Saturday, December 16 from 1:00 pm to 9:00 pm

It's a traditional Christmas celebration with all the trimmings, but with a unique Cherokee twist. Enjoy interactive displays of Cherokee legends, ice skating, a 40-ft. Christmas tree, and more.


Christmas Parade 2017

Saturday, December 16 from 5:30 pm to 7:00 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. 


Cherokee Lights & Legends Christmas

Sunday, December 17 from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm

It's a traditional Christmas celebration with all the trimmings, but with a unique Cherokee twist. Enjoy interactive displays of Cherokee legends, ice skating, a 40-ft. Christmas tree, and more.


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