The Christmas season is fast approaching, and Wears Valley is gearing up for an incredible holiday celebration! Starting at the end of November, this welcoming mountain community invites visitors and locals alike to participate in a series of special seasonal events. To help you make the most of your time in the Smokies, we’ve put together a convenient guide to everything going on in Wears Valley in the upcoming months.
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Wears Valley Community Dinner
Who says you have to wait until Thanksgiving for a delicious turkey dinner? On November 25, 2014, Wears Valley officially kicks off the holiday season with its annual Community Dinner. Featuring mouthwatering turkey and all of your favorite side dishes, this fantastic meal never disappoints.
The feast will take place at 6:00 p.m. at the Cove Creek RV Resort, located at 3293 Wears Valley Road. Guests are encouraged to donate $10 to benefit the Sevier County Emergency Radio Service. Be to sure come early, because this is one of the most popular Christmas events in Wears Valley!
Wears Valley Christmas Tree Lighting
After the Community Dinner, the festivities will continue on the evening of November 25 with the lighting of the Wears Valley Community Christmas Tree. Located in the center of town, the Community Tree will be draped with dazzling ornaments and lights. There is nothing like a tree lighting ceremony to help you get in the holiday spirit!
This year, visitors can take a “selfie” with the Community Tree in order to get special discounts at local businesses in Wears Valley!
Storytelling and Book Signing With Bill Landry
Television star and historical author Bill Landry will return to Wears Valley for a special storytelling event. Best known as a writer, director, and actor on the Emmy Award winning Heartland Series, Bill Landry is an East Tennessee native who has been bringing Appalachian history to life for over 30 years.
On December 13 from from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m., Bill Landry will appear at the Wears Valley Music Barn, located at 3293 Wears Valley Road. Bill will tell some of his very best stories about
life in the Smoky Mountains. Guests will enjoy complimentary Christmas cookies, coffee, and hot chocolate as they sit back and listen to holiday tales from days gone by. After the storytelling portion of the event, Bill will answer questions and sign copies of his most recent book.
Admission to this event is completely free! The Wears Valley Chamber of Commerce will be collecting food for the Sevier County Food Ministries, so guests are encouraged to bring canned food, peanut butter, and other nonperishable food items to donate.
With so many wonderful Christmas events in Wears Valley, you’ll want to spend the whole season in the Smokies! Check out our Where to Stay in the Smoky Mountains page to find the perfect cabin, chalet, condo, or bread and breakfast for your visit to Tennessee.