2023 Cherokee Christmas Parade | Cherokee, NC

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2023 Cherokee Christmas Parade

Saturday, December 9 from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Christmas Parade Lights Up the Night with Holiday Magic

The annual Cherokee Christmas Parade is set to return. On December 09, 2023, at 6:00 PM, locals and vistors alike will gather to celebrate the holiday season with festive floats, music, and creativity. Don't miss this magical holiday event that brings the community together in the spirit of Christmas!

Participants from various organizations and individuals are invited to be part of this event. The parade route will take you through downtown Cherokee, turning onto 441 N., and concluding behind the Qualla Arts & Crafts. See below for more details.


Cherokee, NC 28719

Phone: (828) 359-6490

Information for Participants

This year, participants have the chance to shine and win fantastic prizes. Floats will be judged based on lighting, music, and creativity. The prizes include 1st Place: $550, 2nd Place: $300, and 3rd Place: $200. The competition promises to be fierce as participants transform their floats into a mesmerizing display of holiday cheer.

Rules and Guidelines:

  • Ensure your organization's name is clearly visible on both sides of your float.
  • Floats will be judged along the parade route.
  • The judging criteria include lighting, music, and creativity.
  • All entries, drop-offs, and traffic must enter via the Hungry Bear Exxon Gas Station on White Water Drive.
  • Parade participants and floats are the only traffic allowed on White Water Drive.
  • Parade lineup begins at 1:00 PM, with floats required to be in the lineup no later than 5:15 PM.
  • Traffic should be cleared from the parade route by 5:45 PM, with no exceptions.
  • Participants must gather with their group at 5:30 PM; the road will be closed at this time.
  • Persons riding horses are responsible for clean-up.
  • Winners will be announced at the Cherokee Welcome Center at the end of the parade.
  • Parade entry forms can be obtained at the Cherokee Welcome Center.
  • Entries will be accepted until 12/08/2022 at 4:00 PM (NO EXCEPTIONS). If you want your float to be judged, please ensure to fill out a W-9 form and a liability form.

Parade participant application, W-9, and liability forms are available at The Cherokee Welcome Center or for download on VisitCherokeeNC.com. For more information, please contact the Cherokee Welcome Center at (828) 359-6490 or Josie Long at (828) 359-6491, or via email at josilong@ebci-nsn.gov.

Qualla Country Fishing Tournament

Saturday, August 24 to Sunday, August 25

$20,000 in Cash Prizes!

With your $15 entry fee and a two-day fishing permit ($17), coveriong both tournament days, you’ll be competing for your share of $20,000 in the pristine freestone streams of Cherokee (excluding the 2.2 miles of catch-and-release waters).

Tagged fish will be specially stocked for this event, and when you catch one, you redeem it for cash prizes at the Natural Resources Enforcement Office, 517 Sequoyah Trail, Cherokee, NC 28719, which is across the street from Cherokee Welcome Center off Hwy 441. Prize redemption hours are from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. each tournament day, with a final tag turn in time of 4 p.m. on day two.

Register anywhere fishing licenses are sold or at FishCherokee.com by Friday, August 23,2024. Fishing hours are one hour before sunrise and end one hour after sunset each day. Open to all ages and for all legal fishing methods.

Fisheries & Wildlife Management reserves the right to cancel, reschedule, or amend any tournament or event due to catastrophes, pandemics, states of emergency, adverse weather, etc.

7 Clans Rodeo

Saturday, August 31 to Sunday, September 1

Cherokee Indian Fair

Tuesday, October 1 to Saturday, October 5

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