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Knoxville TN is a progressive, friendly, and rapidly growing city accessible from an international waterway. It is situated at the foothills of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Three Interstates run through Knoxville which is home to The University of Tennessee Volunteer sports teams and the Knoxville Ice Bears.


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November 28
Regal Celebration of Lights
Market Square

regal celebration of lights

MAYOR MADELINE ROGERO will lead the countdown as downtown Knoxville lights up for the holidays Friday night at the Regal Celebration of Lights. It features the lighting of the 38-foot-high Christmas Tree which fronts on Gay Street amid the glow of more than 100,000 blue and white lights decorating downtown.

WDVX Holiday Ho-Ho-Hoedown entertainment at 6:30 p.m. on Market Square Stage including East Tennessee's own national singing sensation 10-year old EmiSunshine & the Rain, Knoxville's rising start Mae Beth Harris and our national champion Knoxville clogging team from the Step Above Dance School. Award winning WDVX personality Freddy Smith and his Christmas Chicken will emcee and pose for pictures.

• Downtown Knoxville becomes a Christmas village with caroling and marshmallow roasting
• Lighting of the 38 ft. Christmas tree
• Krutch Park sparkles with more than 100,000 lights
• Performance by Old City Buskers
• Train rides for children of all ages
• FREE activities including pictures with Santa Claus, hot cocoa by the Salvation Army, face painting, balloon animals & much more!
• Sponsored by Regal Entertainment, Pilot, Krispy Kreme, WDVX, WATE Channel 6, 93.1 WNOX, Home Depot, The Muse Knoxville, Cheerwine, Knoxville News Sentinel, Crowne Plaza, and All Occasions Party Rentals

Nov. 10, 2014 - Feb. 28, 2015
Smoky Mountain Winterfest
Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Sevierville

Smoky Mountain Winterfest is in its 25th season. It features more than 12 million lights, enchanting light displays, unique shopping, award-winning shows, family attractions, lots of special events, and the beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains.

November 30
Keyboards at Christmas
Tennessee Theatre
keyboards at Christmas

A grand musical performance featuring 5 grand pianos and the Mighty Wurlitzer. Also featured will be a Jazz Quartet. Beautiful music to begin the holiday season with your family and even a portion where you can sing along. Proceeds benefit Mission of Hope.

December 13-15
The Nativity Pageant of Knoxville
Knoxville Civic Coliseum
knoxville nativity pageant

Sat: 3:00 p.m. Sun: 3:00 p.m. Mon: 7:00 p.m.
FREE Performance, No ticket needed
Beautifully costumed actors with live animals telling the traditional Christmas story of the birth of Jesus Christ in Bethlehem. Exceptional orchestra and 80-voice choir with soloist, Katherine Slider.
Section N is reserved for the deaf and hearing impaired.

November 21 - December 31
Judith Rodriguez: Photography Exhibit, Wild Violets
Clayton Center for the Arts
502 East Lamar Alexander Parkway, Maryville TN
Judith Rodriguez, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, took up photography after a trip to Paris. Wanting to discover her hometown in a new way, she took to the streets to discover the life and people in the streets. She is currently working on Street Portraits, Life at Home and the jxtapositions of shadows, light and what she calls “special one-second expressions”.
Tickets are available at the Clayton Center Box Office M-F 10AM-6PM, by phone at 865-981-8590 or online.

November 28 - December 14
Ken Ludwig's The Game's Afoot; or Holmes for the Holidays
Theatre Knoxville Downtown
319 N Gay Street, Knoxville TN
It is December 1936 and Broadway star William Gillette, admired the world over for his leading role in the play Sherlock Holmes, has invited his fellow cast-members to his Connecticut castle for a weekend of revelry. But when one of the guests is stabbed to death, the festivities in this isolated house of tricks and mirrors quickly turn dangerous. Then it's up to Gillette himself, as he assumes the persona of his beloved Holmes, to track down the killer before the next victim appears. The danger and hilarity are non-stop in this glittering whodunit set during the Christmas holidays. Directed by Windie Wilson.

November 28, 2014 - January 4, 2015
Knoxville’s Holidays on Ice
Market Square
Open every day, rain or shine
Admission: $10 adults & $7 children 12 years & younger; includes skate rental
Every skater must sign a waiver of liability. Parent / guardian signature required for all skaters under the age of 18 years.

November 28, 2014 - January 11, 2015
Ninth Annual East Tennessee Regional Student Art Exhibition
Knoxville Museum of Art
Features artwork created by East Tennessee middle and high school students. December 12, 6:00 p.m.

Through December 17
Annual Fountain City Art Guild Holiday Show and Sale
Fountain City Art Center
213 Hotel Road, Knoxville TN
Opening Reception November 14, 6:30-8:00 PM - everyone welcome! The public is invited; no admission is charged. Hours: Tuesday & Thursday, 9AM-5PM; Wednesday & Friday, 10AM-5PM; 2nd and 3rd Saturdays, 9AM-1PM.

Through December 30
Tuesday Morn Road Ride - Smoky Mtn Wheelmen
French Memorial Park
7752 Martin Mill Pike
Tuesday Morning Ride with the Smoky Mtn Wheelmen Bike Club meets at French Memorial Park/Howard Pinkston Library at 7732 Martin Mill Pike. This is a no-drop ride, 35-45 mile ride with plans to lengthen the mileage as the group desires and weather dictates. Helmet required. No ear buds. Eat your Wheaties and bring energy gel, bars and other fuels to keep your energy going strong. Don’t forget your sunscreen. Ride repeats every Tuesday morning - weather permitting.

Through December 27
Saturday Road Ride-Bike Zoo
The Bike Zoo
5020 Whittaker Drive

Join the Bike Zoo for a Saturday morning road ride. Leave the shop at 9 am. Ride will be around 50 miles at a fast pace of 18/20 mph. Ride repeats every Saturday - weather permitting.

December 2-6
Nutcracker on Ice
Ice Chalet
7:00 p.m. daily, plus 2:00 p.m. performance on Dec. 6th
This familiar take of a young girl's magical Christmas and her beloved Nutcracker doll is brought to life on ice! Skaters of all ages and skill levels, including many professional level freestyle and pair skaters dance to the music of Tchaikovsky. Theatrical costumes and lighting are used throughout the show.

Through December 7
Knoxville Jazz Orchestra: Jazz Jam
The Emporium Center
100 S Gay Street
This free event is hosted by Vance Thompson, trumpet. Jazz Jams on First and Third Sundays, 4:00-6:00 PM; November 2, November 16, December 7, and December 21, 2014

Through December 1
Mighty Musical Mondays
Tennessee Theatre
604 S Gay Street
A live performance of the beautifully renovated Wurlitzer organ in Knoxville's beloved Historic Tennessee Theatre. A lunch consisting of a sandwich, chips, and a dessert may be purchased in the lobby for $5.00 while supplies last. In addition several snacks may be purchased at the concession stand such as soft drinks, bottled water, popcorn, candy. There is no charge for the program.

December 1
Light the Park
Founder's Park at Campbell Station
405 N. Campbell Station Rd.
light the park

6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. A ceremonial tree lighting will be officiated by the Farragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen (and maybe even a surprise guest!). Attendees can look forward to enjoying the holiday cheer of 60 lighted trees, garland pole wraps and other lighted decorations showcasing over 36,000 bulbs.

The seasonal sounds of Concord Brass and First Baptist Concord Elevate Children's Choir will fill the air and complimentary hot cocoa and coffee (courtesy of FirstWatch The Daytime Cafe) and VG's Bakery's Christmas cookies will round out the celebration.

December 3
Jim Brickman On A Winter's Night
Tennessee Theatre
Doors open at 7:00 p.m.; Event: 8:00 p.m.
Admission: $49.00 & $79.00 plus fees
Jim celebrates this in a one-of-a-kind concert event filled with lush instrumentals and soaring vocals. As he marks this 18 year tradition from coast to coast, Jim will showcase new music, along with holiday favorites and the hits that made him the most charted (30) billboard Adult Contemporary artist.

December 3-5, 10-12, 18 & 19, 7:30 PM
Clarence Brown Theatre: A Christmas Carol
1714 Andy Holt Avenue on the UT Campus
Ebenezer Scrooge and the ghosts return in this long-running and most popular production at Clarence Brown Theatre. Enjoy music, dancing and Dickens’ timeless tale of love and redemption.

December 4, 7:30 p.m.
Christmas with the Knoxville Chamber Chorale
Church Street United Methodist Church
900 Henley St
Free admission
Knoxville's premier chamber chorale presents a concert of holiday choral music featuring works of traditional and modern.

December 3-20
Christmas Past Tours
James White Fort

December 4, 4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Celebrate the Season
Farragut Town Hall
11408 Municipal Center Dr., Farragut
This free holiday event features photos with Santa, cookie decorating, crafts, Farragut Folklife Museum tours and entertainment.

December 5-7
Knoxville Flea Market
Knoxville Expo Center
Features over 300 booths and quality dealers from across the region. Items to be found include collectibles, jewelry, clothing, antiques, music, crafts, and much more. Show hours are Friday, 3-7, Saturday 10-7, and Sunday 10-4. Admission and parking are both FREE.

December 5 & 6
The District in Bearden's Holiday Open House
Shops in The District of Bearden
Friday: 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.; Saturday: 10:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Free event
This is a unique celebration when merchants open their doors to the community and treat their valued guests to special sales, truck shows, food and beverages.

December 6
Rocky Hill Christmas Parade
Starts at Rocky Hill Elementary School

November 26-30
Fantasy of Trees
Knoxville Convention Center

fantasy of trees

The 30th annual Fantasy of Trees is a spectacular five-day holiday celebration to benefit East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. Fantasy of Trees 2014 will be held at the Knoxville Convention Center November 26-30. The event showcases hundreds of sparkling designer-decorated holiday trees, a variety of festive and colorful decorations, holiday gift shops, kids crafts, daily entertainment and a gingerbread village. Proceeds from the premier holiday event will be used to purchase medical equipment.

December 5
WIVK Christmas Parade
Gay Street, Downtown Knoxville

wivk christmas parade

Parade begins at 7:00 p.m.
Floats & decorated vehicles, marching bands & dancers, special appearance by Santa Claus.

December 6-24
Christmas in Old Appalachia
Museum of Appalachia

christmas in old appalachia

Celebrate the simple joys of an old-fashioned Christmas. Recalling times past when Christmas was a simple family holiday, cabins will be decorated in pioneer style with cedar Christmas trees draped in paper chains, popcorn strings, sweet gum and sycamore balls. Special holiday exhibits include the Children’s Display in the Hall of Fame, with toys and furniture made by loving parents and grandparents; and Granny Irwin’s traditional Christmas Crazy Quilt.
2819 Andersonville Hwy, Clinton, TN 37716

December 19
Tour de Lights Bike Ride
Market Square, Downtown Knoxville

tour de lights

Starts at 7:00 p.m. Fun, FREE, casual 5 mile bike ride. Named one of Knoxville's favorite holiday traditions. Ride starts from Market Square and tours downtown, 4th and Gill and Old North Knoxville. Prizes are awarded after the ride in several categories, including Best-Decorated Bike, Best Decorated Person, and Best Group Theme. Mast General Store and Three Rivers Market provide hot cocoa and cookies for participants.
Helmets, white front light, and red rear reflector are required, all ages and skill levels welcome.
Judging begins at 6:00 p.m.

December 6
Christmas Open House
James White Fort
Experience Christmas in the 1800’s with James White’s Fort and enjoy the Treats of the Season.

December 6, 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Scott Hamilton & Friends on Ice
Knoxville Civic Coliseum
Tickets $22 & $32.50
"Scott Hamilton and Friends on Ice" featuring musical guest MercyMe. A magnificent figure skating performance featuring 13 Olympic and World champion skaters and a live concert by MercyMe. All proceeds will benefit the Provision CARES Foundation and the Scott Hamilton CARES Foundation supporting cancer education and wellness, clinical research and patient assistance.

December 6, 6:30 p.m.
Lenoir City Christmas Parade
Broadway, C Street to Pike Street
Thousands of families come together on a magical December night to watch the excitement of a parade and catch the first glimpses of Santa as the holiday season begins. Historic Downtown Lenoir City provides beautiful lights and sounds.

December 6, 5:00 p.m.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Pero’s on the Hill
7706 S. Northshore Dr.
A story reading with Cider & Cookies

December 6, 6:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Christmas Tree Lighting Rocky Hill
Rocky Hill Baptist Church Choir will perform Christmas music.

December 6, 13, 20, noon to 7:00 p.m.
Market Square Holiday Market
Market Square
This festive market features locally grown holiday décor, artisan crafts and handmade foods.

December 6, 10:00 a.m.
Fountain City Optimist Christmas Parade
Christmas Parade for Fountain City

December 7, 3:30 p.m.
Christmas Card to the City
First Baptist Church members singing Christmas songs, including secular songs and Christmas carols.

December 7, 3:00 p.m.
Knoxville Community Band Concert
Bearden Middle School
1000 Francis Rd
Free concert featuring music of the season

December 8-12, 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
Dear Santa
Helen Ross McNabb Center, John Tarleton Campus
Help spread the joy of Christmas this holiday season by adopting a disadvantaged child or family of the Helen Ross McNabb Center. Wish list are provided for children birth to 18.

December 11, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
A Family Christmas at Dowell Springs
Provision Center for Proton Therapy
6450 Provision Cares Way
Enjoy a wonderful family Christmas experience on the beautiful Dowell Springs campus, nestled in a cozy fireplace setting, decorated for the holidays with seasonal treats and refreshments, opportunities to visit with Santa, and spirit-filled performances by area choirs. Admission and parking is free and open to the public.

December 12, 6:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Alive After Five
Knoxville Museum of Art
Alive After Five "Holiday Dance Party" with the Streamliners Swing Orchestra and Kayley Farmer Project.

December 12, 6:00 p.m.
Xfinity Christmas at Chilhowee Park
• A forest of lighted trees floating on the lake
• Performances by church choirs
• Train rides for children of all ages
• FREE activities including pictures with Santa Claus, marshmallow roasting, hot cocoa by the Salvation Army, face painting, balloon animals & much more!
• Build gingerbread houses with Austin East Culinary Arts Department
• Nightly self-guided driving tours through the park from November 28, 2014 - January 1, 2015

December 13
Make A Wreath
Historic Ramsey House
2614 Thorn Grove Pike
Create a holiday tradition at Historic Ramsey House and make a beautiful natural wreath for your home. The workshop led by Julia Shiflett will show you the skills to make a wreath worthy of front door status. Refreshments are served at 12:30 p.m., and the class starts at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday 13th. Bring a pair of garden gloves and small pruning shears. Reservations are $35 and must be made in advance. For information or reservations or information please call 865-546-0745.

December 13, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
ETHS Holiday Open House
East Tennessee History Center
601 S. Gay Street
Bring the family for Christmas Fun! Children and adults will enjoy holiday music, cookies, hot cider, craft demonstrations, storytelling, ornament-making for kids, book signings, and free museum admission.

December 13, 3:00 p.m.
Christmas from the East Parade
Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd

December 13, 8:00 a.m.
Jingle Bell Run/Walk
World’s Fair Park
A 5k/10k race and a 1 mile walk/run to benefit the Arthritis Foundation.

December 13 & 14
Annual Christmas Tours
Mabry-Hazen House
1711 Dandridge Ave.
Sat: 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.; Sun: 2:00p.m.- 5:00 p.m.
FREE but donations encouraged
The Mabry-Hazen House invites you to join us for our Annual Christmas Tours. Rooms and other areas will be decorated by well-known Knoxville decorators. Light refreshments will be served.

December 13-15, 2014
The Nativity Pageant of Knoxville
Knoxville Civic Coliseum
Sat: 3:00 p.m. Sun: 3:00 p.m. Mon: 7:00 p.m.
FREE Performance, No ticket needed
Beautifully costumed actors with live animals telling the traditional Christmas story of the birth of Jesus Christ in Bethlehem. Exceptional orchestra and 80-voice choir with soloist, Katherine Slider.
Section N is reserved for the deaf and hearing impaired.

December 14
"It's a Wonderful Life" presented by Home Federal Bank
Tennessee Theatre
1:00 p.m. & 5:00 p.m.
Free event. Seating is limited to the theater's capacity; a ticket is not required
Celebrate the Christmas season in the grandeur of the Tennessee Theatre as Home Federal Bank presents classic film "It's a wonderful Life." Doors open one hour prior to each screening.

December 14
Second Sunday Docent Tour
Knoxville Museum of Art
In English 2:00 p.m.; In Spanish 3:00 p.m.

December 14
Candlelight Tour, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Historic Ramsey House
2614 Thorn Grove Pike
A rare opportunity to tour this 1797 historic home by candlelight while it is adorned in natural holiday decor. Admission is free, however donations are accepted. Seasonal music, hot cider, and Christmas treats served in the visitors’ center. Ramsey House Plantation is the 1797 home of Col. Frances Alexander Ramsey, an important figure in the early settlement of Tennessee who, along with family members, was instrumental in the development of Knoxville from a small frontier village to a bustling city.

December 15, 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Las Posadas
Emporium Center
Free event. A reenactment of the journey of Joseph and Mary on the way to Bethlehem. Children dress up as angels and shepherds. The group will parade through downtown Knoxville. Event will end back at the Emporium center with snacks and Pinata for the children. Bring warm clothes and a flashlight.

December 19-21
KSO 28th Annual Clayton Holiday Concerts
Knoxville Civic Coliseum
Friday & Saturday: 7:30 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday: 3:00 p.m.
$14.00 - $45.00 ($7.50 to $23.00 for children and students)
Join Maestro Lucas Richman and the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra for the 28th Annual Clayton Holiday Concerts! There are four chances to hear warm & familiar songs to fill your hearts with cheer. Brilliant music by KSO & Special Guests will be sure to get your family in the Holiday Spirit.

December 19-30, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Holiday Festival of Lights
The Cove at Concord Park
The park will sparkle and entertain each night, excluding Christmas Day.

December 20
Santa's Workshop Ice Show
Cool Sports, 110 S. Watt Rd.
2:30 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.
$8.00 - $25.00
Enjoy an hour and a half ice show composed of your favorite holiday melodies with performances by local ice skating stars. Be sure to bundle up and enjoy some hot cocoa. Tickets go on sale December 1st.


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