Bryson City:Drive-Thru Christmas Light Show

Smoky Mountain Christmas Light Spectacular, Bryson City

November 10- December 31, 2022
Good news! Not only is Bryson City the hometown of Polar Express, but it will also host its first drive-thru Christmas light show in 2022! The show will feature giant custom-built light displays with holiday scenes and festive music to listen along to while driving through. 

Bryson City Christmas Spectacular Giveaway: November 21-December 2, 2022
Enter to win a vehicle pass to Smoky Mountain Christmas Light Spectacular at the Great Smoky Mountains Event Park, 4 tickets to Polar Express*, and 4 passes for 1-hour of Ice Skating at The Yard. Winner announced December 2!

*The 4 boarding passes for Polar Express are reserved for 12/12/22 at 5:00 PM, in coach class, with no options to change either the date, time, or ticket type, as this event is sold out.


Bryson City Christmas Lights

Bryson City Christmas LIghts Drive Thru

2022 Dates and Times

  • November 10-30, 2022: Wed-Sun, 6-10 PM (Closed Thanksgiving Day)
  • December 1-31, 2022: Daily, 6-10 PM (Closed Christmas Day)

2022 Tickets and Pricing
Tickets can be purchased online or at the gate. Cash or credit card accepted at the gate.

  • $20 for cars and family vans
  • $40 for activity vans
  • $40 for limos
  • $80 for tour and school buses

Other Bryson City Holiday Activites
Not only can you enjoy the light show, but there are other many festive activites happening in Bryson City to enjoy! 

  • Polar Express: November 10-December 31: This favorite area holiday tradition for kids of all ages (including adults!) where more than 90,000 passengers ride each year! Read more about the Polar Express. (45 Mitchell St)
  • Ice Skating at The Yard: November 10-December 31: Enjoy iceskating, food truck, bar with snacks, and festive music at this recreational and music venue in Bryson City! (43 Depot Street) 
  • Christmas Wonderland at Darnell Farms: November 16-December 23: Take a hayride through holiday lights, sip hot cocoa, and pick out a freshly cut Christmas tree at this family farm! Open Wed-Sat evenings. (2300 Governors Island Road)

Go to Explore Bryson City's website to learn more. 

Smoky Mountain Christmas Spectacular Light Show Location:
Great Smoky Mountain Event Park (formerly Inspiration Park)
1130 Hyatt Creek Road
Bryson City, NC 28713

Bryson City Cabins
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Find a wide variety of lodging accommodations in Bryson City and the Great Smoky Mountains, including log cabin rentals, boutique hotels, bed and breakfast inns and campgrounds.
Bryson City Visitor Guide
Great Smokies Bryson City Travel Guide
Order a free 96-page vacation travel guide (or download a digital version) for the Bryson City area with things to do, dining and lodging for the Great Smoky Mountains. Includes the "All Aboard" official publication for the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad.
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Bryson City Restaurants
For a small town, you'll find a nice variety of restaurants, ranging from southern home cooking to a brewery and gourmet dining. A nice reward after a day of exploring the Great Smokies and Nantahala River.

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