Great Smoky Mountain Cool: Festival of Christmas Past at the Sugarlands Visitor Center

It’s Travel Thursday over at Owl Fly Away where we recount our first day at the Great Smoky Mountain National Park!

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We were very fortunate that the first day of our visit to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park just happened to coincide with the Festival of Christmas Past, an annual celebration of Smoky Mountain culture! This took place at the Sugarlands Visitor Centre, where there were activities and demonstrations for us to enjoy all day long – and admission to everything was free! What a treat!

Smoky-mountains-USA-sugarland-visitor-centre The Festival Of Christmas Past at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

We started off the day by learning about traditional methods of weaving and spinning with the children trying their hand at carding wool and spinning yarn, and there was even a toy maker who taught J and Little E to make simple spinners from a wood-whittled button and string.

Then, we headed to the little auditorium to enjoy some rollicking good old-fashion folk music and dancing, clapping along to banjo, fiddle and harp…

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