The historic Gatlinburg Arts & Crafts Community moves from its normal workshops along Glades Road and brings crafts and goods to downtown Gatlinburg Convention Center. This event is free and features numerous booths selling all types of local arts and crafts. The show runs Nov. 26 to Dec. 1.
Bands, caroling, marshmallow roasting, the lighting of the Christmas tree, sparkling lights, train rides, choirs, photos with Santa, hot cocoa and more. Market Street will have children's craft activities, Home Depot's Little Elves Workshop and the opportunity to make cards to send to soldiers with "Cards for Heroes" by the American Red Cross. The tree ceremony begins at 6 p.m.
With more than 20 shows to choose from starting on Dec. 1, take part in the Knoxville tradition of A Christmas Carol at the Clarence Brown Theatre. Follow Ebenezer Scrooge on a magical journey in this celebration of generosity, compassion and personal transformation. The show ends with its final performance on Sunday, Dec. 20, at 2 p.m.
Take a stroll through Founders Park and enjoy thousands of lights on display. Enjoy local performers throughout the park and kids can drop letters in Santa's mailbox. The lights come on at dusk and park restrooms are open until 10 p.m. each night (except Dec. 25).
Christmas Craft Shows features gorgeous quilts, old-fashioned straw brooms with hand-carved handles, exquisitely woven baskets, hand-dipped scented candles, Victorian ceramic pitchers, pottery, dulcimers, stuffed bears and leather vests. The show runs Dec. 2-8.
WIVK, in cooperation with the City of Knoxville, presents the 47th Annual Christmas Parade. It kicks off on Church Street and travels toward Gay Street, where the parade emcee will announce each unit as it passes. The parade ends at Gay Street and Magnolia.
Attention, runners 21 and older! Run a 5K around the Sunsphere in your best Christmas costume and enjoy a celebratory glass of wine at the finish. (1K participants enjoy four wine-tasting stops along the route.) All proceeds go to ending homelessness among families and youth.
Kick off the holiday season with the time-honored, traditional ballet The Nutcracker performed by the Appalachian Ballet Company with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra.
Join us for the Home Free: Dive Bar Christmas Tour for a perfect evening of mixed upbeat Nashville-dipped pop hits, country and Western standards, incredible harmony and quick-witted humor. Home Free has sold more than 350,000 albums worldwide, including 100 million career audio streams and 291 million views on YouTube.
Help raise money for Sunshine Ambassadors and get in the holiday spirit with the Rockin' Santa Half Marathon and Sunshine Santa 5K. The three-loop Greenway course is fairly flat and has Christmas rock 'n' roll music scattered throughout. All finishers receive medals and there will be awards for first, second and third place in all age groups.
This is the inaugural show with multiple vendors, ideal for last-minute Christmas shopping and photos with Santa. Tickets are $5 for adults, and children under 12 are free. Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Visit Knoxville and Bike Walk Knoxville present the Tour de Lights, 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.
The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra presents the Annual Clayton Holiday Concert on Dec. 20, 21 and 22 at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium. Music Director Aram Demirjian conducts the Orchestra and special guests for this East Tennessee tradition. (Note: There is no elevator access to the balcony level.)
The Cathedral is proud to present its first Cathedral Christmas Festival, featuring the Cathedral Choir, O’Connor Center Singing Seniors and instrumental ensembles and musicians of the Diocese of Knoxville, with choral and all-sing Christmas carol. Admission is free, but seating is limited. Tickets are available at the Paraclete Books and Gifts Store.
Watch the Griswolds try to have a perfect Christmas holiday, complete with calamity and hilarity, on the big screen! Tickets are $9 for adults and $7 for children 12 and under and seniors 60 and over.
Ring in the new year with your friends and family on Market Square! Performances starting at 10 p.m., ball drop and fireworks at midnight. This is a family-friendly event for all.