Light it up!

Countdown to Light the Park, hosted by Shop Farragut and Town of Farragut, brought hundreds to Founder’s Park at Campbell Station, North Campbell Station Road, Monday night, Nov. 25. All eagerly awaited the appearance of Santa Claus, above, who helped Town officials, including Farragut Mayor Ron Williams, left, and Alderman Ron Pinchok “flip the switch” and turn on nearly 70,000 holiday lights, trees and displays. They will remain lit from 5:30 p.m. until dawn through Jan. 1.
The holiday season offers many special events in and around our local area. We have compiled a list of some of these offerings. From lighting displays to productions and activities, there is something for everyone. We hope you will get into the spirit of the season and enjoy a few of them!

If you have an event you would like to add to our Press Planner in the coming weeks, please e-mail

Light the Park

Ongoing through December 31,

Dusk – 10 p.m. nightly

Founders Park at Campbell Station

The holiday light are on! Carolers can sign up to sing and children can mail letters to Santa.

Holiday Cruises

Ongoing through December

The Star of Knoxville, through Tennessee Riverboat Company, has holiday cruises on Fort Loudoun Lake/Tennessee River available.

For ticket information, pricing and reservations, visit or call 865-525-7827.

Mission of Hope Christmas Blue Barrel Collection

Ongoing through Tuesday, December 10

This will be the 24th year for the Christmas Campaign. Mission of Hope is preparing to help over 18,000 children and their families this year with food, hygiene, new clothing & new toys. Blue Barrels will be located at Food City, Chick-fil-A, TVA, Home Federal and other various locations.

For more information call 865-584-7571. For a list of most needed items visit

Fantasy of Trees

Wednesday-Sunday, November 27 - December 1

Knoxville Convention Center, 701 Henley Street

Wander through a magical forest of more than 350 designer items, including beautiful trees, holiday accessories, and more! The proceeds from Fantasy of Trees benefit East Tennessee Children’s Hospital.

Christmas Lantern Express

Select dates through December 23

The Three Rivers Rambler, 2560 University Commons Way

The Three Rivers Rambler hosts its annual Christmas Express train rides. Enjoy festive decorations, holiday treats, storytime with celebrity readers and a special visit with Santa. Trips last roughly 2 hours and boarding starts 20 minutes before departure time.

For ticket information, visit

‘A Christmas Carol’

November 27 – December 21, Clarence Brown Theatre

With stunning costumes, beautiful carols, and $10 tickets for children 5 to 12, the heartwarming “A Christmas Carol” returns to the Clarence Brown mainstage. At each performance, patrons can enhance the experience by enjoying holiday treats at the concession stand and taking pictures with “Scrooge and Tiny Tim” in a specially designed photo experience which will be stationed in the main lobby.

For more information or tickets, call the CBT Box Office at 865-974-5161 or visit online at

Regal Celebration of Lights

November 29, 6 – 9 p.m.

Krutch Park, Market Square & Union Avenue

Bands, caroling, marshmallow roasting, lighting of the Christmas tree, sparkling lights, train rides, choirs, photos with Santa, hot cocoa, and more.

Live music by the Blue Line Blues begins at 5:30pm, tree ceremony begins at 6pm.

Holidays on Ice

November 29, 2019 to January 5, 2020

Knoxville’s Holidays on Ice, presented by Home Federal Bank, is an outdoor ice skating rink in the heart of downtown Knoxville on Market Square.

Enjoy skating under Christmas lights and stars while listening to music every night.

The ice rink will be closed during inclement weather, please check the Holidays on Ice Facebook page to stay updated,

The DW Designs Christmas Marketplace

Saturday, November 30, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The DW Designs, 5209 Kingston Pike

This is a special event featuring some small businesses setup with their unique items for a one-day marketplace.

Holiday Diy: Holiday Card Crafting Workshop

November 30, 1 - 3 pm

Visitor Center at Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Avenue

Looking for a way to bring a little handmade into the holidays this season? Why not create your own cards to give to your friends, family, coworkers, etc., this year. Join Ijams for this fun crafting workshop and you’ll learn how to create your own holiday cards, which can be sentimental or have a little sass! You’ll be able to make multiple cards during this event.

The class fee is $20 per person and all supplies are included. Participants must purchase ticket prior to the event.

Keyboards At Christmas Benefit For Mission Of Hope

Sunday, December 1, starting at 3 p.m.

Knoxville Civic Auditorium and Coliseum

Keyboard at Christmas features 5 grand pianos, amazing talented singers, a jazz band and of course timeless Christmas music to enjoy! All Keyboards ticket sales will go to Mission of Hope.

Holiday Festival of Lights

Monday, December 2 – Tuesday, December 31,

6 – 9 p.m. nightly (excluding Christmas day)

The Cove at Concord Park

Kicks off Monday, Dec. 2 with Mayor Glenn Jacobs hosting a meet and greet and passing out free candy “Kanes.” The family-friendly event starts that evening at 6:30 p.m. with a ribbon cutting.

The event is showcased by an illuminated three-quarter-mile greenway trail that features a sparkling light display coordinated to music and a number of fire pits. Pets on leashes are welcome. In addition, the event plans to have a vendor onsite most nights with hot drinks. Santa Claus also will be there on Fridays, Saturdays and when available on other nights throughout the week.

The festival is free and open to the public. Donations of non-perishable food items will be collected for The Love Kitchen.

Holiday DIY: Terrarium Ornament Workshop

December 3, 6 - 7:30 pm

Visitor Center at Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Avenue

Terrariums are wonderful to show off yearround, and this class will teach you how create terrarium ornaments for the holidays and beyond! Each participant can make two ornaments (one small and one large) to enjoy themselves or give as gifts. The terrariums are constructed out of dried flowers, mosses, lichens and accent pieces, so no maintenance is required. Learn techniques to make some of the most unique ornaments around!

The class fee is $25 per person; all supplies are included. Participants must purchase ticket prior to the event.

Cirque Dreams Holidaze

Tuesday, December 3 – Wednesday, December 4, 7:30 p.m.

Tennessee Theatre, 604 South Gay Street

This critically-acclaimed extravaganza is both a Broadway musical and new Cirque adventure wrapped into the ultimate holiday gift for the entire family!

Nutcracker On Ice

December 4 to December 8

Ice Chalet, 100 Lebanon Street

It’s the 32nd Annual Nutcracker on Ice! This is an annual treat for the holiday season. Skaters of all ages and skill levels participate in one of the most famous Christmas tales ever told, completely performed on the ice.

A Swingin’ Christmas with Regina Carter

Thursday, December 5, 8 – 10 p.m.

Tennessee Theatre, 604 South Gay Street

Holiday favorites performed in the styles of Duke Ellington, Count Basie and more. Violinist Regina Carter joins the band this year to make your season brighter.

Concord Christmas Marketplace

Thursday, December 5, 2:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Concord Christian School, 11704 Kingston Pike

Annual fundraising event for the Concord Christian School Band program. More than 50 unique vendors, live music, food trucks, Santa photos and much, much more.

Merry and Bright Holiday Open House

Friday, December 6, 5 – 8 p.m.

Blount Mansion, 200 West Hill Avenue

Come celebrate a historic holiday with the Blount Mansion family!

Our circa-1792 historic house is open to the community free of charge. Enjoy beautiful decorations created by the Knoxville Garden Club, and tasty holiday treats!

Christmas in the Cave

December 6 – 21, Friday 5 – 8 p.m., and Saturday & Sunday 3 – 8 p.m.

Cherokee Caverns, 8524 Oak Ridge Highway

Walk the Christmas Cave path among the stalactites and stalagmites with thousands of twinkling Christmas lights and enchanting Christmas music. We will have lots of shopping and food and fun for the whole family! Tickets are $10 with $1 off per a non perishable food item donation per ticket for Second Harvest Food Bank.

WIVK Christmas Parade

Friday, December 6, 7 p.m.

WIVK presents the 47th Annual Christmas Parade! The parade will be in Downtown Knoxville in cooperation with the City of Knoxville. The parade will step off onto Church Street and travel towards Gay Street, where the parade emcee will be positioned, announcing each unit as they pass. The parade will end at Gay Street and Magnolia.

This event is rain or shine.

Celebrate the Season

Friday, December 6, 4:30 – 7 p.m.

Farragut Town Hall

Festivities include photos with Santa from 4:30 – 6 p.m., cookie decorating and refreshments, kids’ crafts, musical performances and museum tours.

Holiday Barn Sale

Friday, December 6, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Saturday, December 7, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

RiverView Family Farm, 12130 Prater Lane

Handmade items, vintage, antique, art, furniture, clothing, jewelry, holiday items, and more.

Stay for a while and have lunch on the deck. Admission is free.

Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

December 6, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.

AK Bissell Park Pavilion, Oak Ridge

The Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony is sponsored yearly by the Recreation and Parks Department. The tree, a Norway Spruce, was presented by the Woman’s Club to the City and has become part of a growing community tradition. Participants should gather at the AK Bissell Park Pavilion for seasonal music and light refreshments beginning at 6:30pm. After the program, participants will walk to the Commemorative Walk on the east side of the Oak Ridge Library parking lot for a brief ceremony ending with the lighting of the tree. In the event of inclement weather, the program will begin in the Civic Center Gymnasium (Shep Lauter Room).

Cookie Walk & Craft Fair

Saturday, December 7

Craft Fair: 8:30 a.m. – noon, Cookie Walk: 9 a.m. – noon

Faith Lutheran Church, 225 Jamestowne Blvd., Farragut

Wide variety of unique handcrafted items and thousands of homemade holiday cookies to choose from! Proceeds benefit the Shepherd of Hope Food Pantry

Santa Paws Photo Shoot

Saturday, December 7, noon – 2 p.m.

Village Veterinary Medical Center, 11301 Kingston Pike

Hot chocolate, candy canes and pictures with Santa! A minimum $10 donation is requested per family with all proceeds benefiting the Young-Williams Animal Center. Please remember to bring all pets with proper restraint (dogs on leashes and cats in carriers).

A Candlelight Christmas

Saturday, December 7 – Sunday, December 8, 4 – 8:30 p.m.

Museum of Appalachia, 2819 Andersonvilee Highway

Experience the serenity of an Appalachian Christmas during our Candlelight Christmas Tour! We invite you to tour selected cabins in the Museum village by candlelight, enjoy Christmas storytelling, drink hot apple cider, sing carols in the Irwin Chapel, and much more!

Andrew Peterson Presents Behold the Lamb of God

Saturday, December 7, 7 p.m.

Bijou Theatre, 803 South Gay Street

Now in its 20th year, Behold the Lamb will feature guest artist Jess Ray, along with an all-star cast of Nashville songwriters and session musicians. The concert brings the singing and playing of Petersons original folk-roots infused rendition of the Christmas story as it is foreshadowed in the Old Testament and brought to bear in the New. The tour is sponsored by Compassion International and you can find tickets and more at

Holiday Wreath Making

Saturday, December 7, 1 – 3 p.m.

The University of Tennessee Gardens, 2518 Jacob Drive

Kick off your winter festivities by making your own gorgeous wreath using freshly harvested greenery from the Gardens. All levels of experience welcome. We will provide a mixture of seasonal greens and decor for your take home wreath that will last throughout the holiday season. Participants are welcome to bring personalized decorations to add if they like. This is our most popular class so don’t delay in registering.

(865) 974-7151

It’s A Wonderful Life A Live Radio Play

December 7 - December 22, Thursday - Saturday at 8 p.m., and Sunday at 3 p.m.

Theatre Knoxville Downtown, 800 S. Central Street

Sit back, as if in your family living room in the 1940s, and listen to the familiar story told in its entirety, complete with sound effects and commercials, in this LIVE RADIO PLAY version of the holiday classic, “It’s a Wonderful Life”.

The Nutcracker

December 7 – 8, Saturday at 7:30 PM and Sunday at 3:00 PM

Knoxville Civic Auditorium and Coliseum, 500 Howard Baker Jr. Avenue

The Appalachian Ballet Company will present the annual holiday tradition, The Nutcracker, with live music by the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra.

GrandFriends Gingerbread Engineering

Saturday, December 7 and 14, 8:30 – 10 a.m.

Muse at the Mall, 7600 Kingston Pike

Presented by Webb School of Knoxville

Muse Knoxville is wrapping up 2019 with a morning of wintery fun for our GrandFriends program. Bring your grandchildren for a fun and festive morning of make-and-take Gingerbread Engineering.

Tickets include a breakfast buffet provided by Dunkin’ Donuts, 90 minutes of decorating, holiday magic, and a full day of museum admission (10 am - 5 pm) to Muse at the Mall.

Christmas Community Day

Sunday, December 8, 1 – 3 p.m.

First Farragut United Methodist Church, 12733 Kingston Pike

Annual event features a meal, photos with Santa and free shopping for children’s gifts, books and gently used clothing and coats. It serves about 150 families per year. Each family receives bags with groceries and household necessities. For more information, contact Jill Wolverton at or 865-405-6347.

Ijams Holiday Marketplace

December 8, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Visitor Center at Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Avenue

The holidays are the perfect time of year to support local and shop local. Join us for a flurry of fun and shopping at our 7th Annual Holiday Marketplace. We will have tons of local artists, crafters, and designers as well as local food, a beer garden, and more to add to all the festivities of the day. There will be a huge variety of wares from beautiful jewelry, all natural body products, glass, pottery, apparel, and so much more… all handmade with love!

Christmas with John Sevier

December 8, noon – 4 p.m.

Marble Springs State Historic Site, 1220 West Governor John Sevier Highway

We cordially invite you to celebrate the holidays with music, a Christmas themed tour, cider and cocoa, cookies baked on the open hearth fire, a Christmas craft, a special visit from John Sevier, and more! Also, enjoy limited-time discounts on gift shop items perfect for the holidays.

Ramsey House Holiday Candlelight Tour

December 8, 6 – 8 p.m.

2614 Thorngrove Pike

This beautiful 1797 historic home will be decorated with natural greenery, holiday music, holiday treats and fun for the kids. There is laughter, joy, and a great holiday spirit. Don’t miss this chance to see a wonderful historic treasure dressed in its finest. All tours start in the Visitor Center. Admission is free but please RSVP on our website. Sign up for your free tour time at or call 865-546-0745.

2019 Christmas Open House

December 9, 4 – 6 p.m.

Tennessee Smokies Baseball, 3540 Line Drive, Kodak

The event will feature exciting deals on merchandise and ticket plans, delicious cookies and a guest appearance by Santa and Mrs. Claus!

Holiday Family Movie Night

Friday, December 13, 6 – 8 p.m.

Hardin Valley Elementary, 11445 Hardin Valley Road

Come comfortable in your pajamas to watch the movie, The Grinch! Bring a pillow and blankets to watch in the gym. Chairs are welcome.

The PTO will provide popcorn, cookies and a drink!

The Nativity Pageant of Knoxville, Inc.

Saturday, December 14 at 3:00 pm, Sunday, December 15 at 3:00 pm,

Monday, December 16 at 7 pm

Knoxville Civic Coliseum

The combination of realistic settings, effective lighting, real animals, orchestral and choral music, and authentic costumes produces a powerful and dramatic hour-long presentation of the Christmas story – a story that is eternally the same, but always new. It appeals to audiences of all ages. Many families come again and again, making it part of their own Christmas tradition. The Pageant is thrilling to those who attend and also to those who work to create it each year.

Children are welcome, all performances are family-friendly. Because it is free to everyone, there are no tickets and it is open seating.

Tour de Lights

December 14, 5:30 p.m.

Presented by Visit Knoxville and Bike Walk Knoxville; Tour de Lights is a fun, free, family friendly bike ride through downtown and North Knoxville. Participants are encouraged to get in the holiday spirit by decorating themselves and their bikes, while trying to win coveted awards. The event engages neighborhoods and businesses, along with others who come out to view the festivities.

Spirit of Christmas Show

December 14 – 15, Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Chilhowee Park & Exposition Center, 3301 East Magnolia Avenue

Join us for the first annual Spirit of Christmas Show! Come see multiple vendors for some great last minute Christmas shopping ideas. Santa will be on hand to take free pictures and everyone will be able to vote for their favorite booth! There will be lots to see and do for the whole family on two levels of fun inside the Jacob’s Building!

Parking will be free and admission will be $5 for adults with children 12 and under free.

It’s a Wonderful Life

December 15, 2 – 6 p.m.

Tennessee Theatre, 604 South Gay Street

In celebration of their 85th Anniversary, Knoxville TVA Employees Credit Union presents Classic Cinema Matinee, a free film series featuring Hollywood greats from the 1930’s. Join us for the annual classic film screening of “It’s a Wonderful Life”.

General admission seating is available on a first come, first serve basis and is limited. Doors will open one hour prior to the showing. For information on parking (city owned garages are free on weekends), visit Run time is 2 hours and 15 minutes and is rated PG.

Clayton Holiday Concert

December 20 – 22, Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.,

and Sunday at 3 p.m.

Knoxville Civic Auditorium and Coliseum, 500 Howard Baker Jr. Avenue

The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra presents the Annual Clayton Holiday Concert on December 20, 21, and 22 at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium. Music Director Aram Demirjian conducts the Orchestra and special guests for this East Tennessee tradition!

White Christmas

December 20, Doors open at 7p.m. Show at 8 p.m.

Tennessee Theatre, 604 South Gay Street

Enjoy a holiday classic on the big screen at the Tennessee Theatre! Run time is 2 hours and is rated G.

Christmas Vacation

December 21, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Tennessee Theatre, 604 South Gay Street

Enjoy a classic holiday comedy on the big screen at the Tennessee Theatre! Run time is 1 hour 37 minutes and is rated PG-13. Doors open one hour before scheduled viewing.

The Polar Express

December 22, Doors open at 2 p.m. Show at 3 p.m.

Tennessee Theatre, 604 South Gay Street

Enjoy a holiday classic on the big screen at the Tennessee Theatre! Run time is 1 hour 40 minutes and is rated G.