Fall Creek Falls State Park Celebrates Christmas On The Mountain Nov. 30 – Dec. 2

Tuesday, November 27, 2012 - by Meg Lockhart

Fall Creek Falls State Park will herald in the holidays with its annual Christmas on the Mountain Celebration, slated for Friday through Sunday, at the park’s Inn and Conference Center. 

In addition to a number of activities for all ages, the three-day celebration will feature handmade crafts, candies and breads.  The Inn will be adorned with holiday decorations and various musical groups and choirs will perform throughout the weekend. 

Make plans now for a special breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Inn’s restaurant on Saturday, from 8-10 a.m. Adding to the festive spirit will be weekend appearances by Santa and Mrs. Claus, bringing gifts to the little ones.

Other activities for children and adults include Christmas craft making and storytelling, which will be offered on Saturday, from 9-11 a.m.  Also on Saturday the Friends of Fall Creek Falls will host a silent auction from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., with proceeds benefiting the Friends group’s ongoing efforts at Fall Creek Falls. 

“Fall Creek Falls’ Christmas on the Mountain is a long-standing holiday tradition and we hope everyone can come out and enjoy great holiday food and music.  It is also the perfect opportunity to pick up that special handmade gift for Christmas,” said Inn Manager John Fonville. 

To make this weekend even more special, the Fall Creek Falls Inn is offering a “Christmas on the Mountain Package,” which includes two nights (based on double occupancy) lodging, along with breakfast for two on Saturday and Sunday for $140.20 (price including tax).  To make reservations, please call the Inn toll free at 800 250-8610 or 423 881-5241.  The Fall Creek Falls Restaurant also will be serving a seafood buffet on Friday night and a chef-carved Prime Rib buffet on Saturday night.

Fall Creek Falls State Park features waterfalls, cascades, streams, gorges, timberland and a variety of recreation facilities and activities.  The park is located in Bledsoe and Van Buren counties, 11 miles east of Spencer and 11 miles west of Pikeville. It may be entered from Highway 111 or Highway 30.  For more information about Fall Creek Falls State Park and upcoming activities, please visit the park’s website at www.tnstateparks.com/FallCreekFalls.  For information regarding the Friends of Fall Creek Falls, please visit www.fallcreekfalls.org. For information regarding Christmas on the Mountain, please call 423 881-5708.  


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