Tennessee Tourism Round Up

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 - by Amanda Stravinsky

Nov. 16 - 18

Lawrenceburg – Christmas in the Country – Enjoy food, fun and see Santa Claus at Rotary Park. Festivities begin at 6 p.m. Nov. 16 - Nov. 18. There will be 105 booths of various items like antiques, crafts and folk art. Tickets are $3. For more information, visit www.selectlawrence.com.

Nov. 17

Memphis – Holiday Extravaganza! – The Collierville Ballet will perform excerpts from “The Nutcracker Ballet” from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Children’s Museum of Memphis. The Mouse King and the Sugar Plum Fairy will be available for pictures. Tickets for members are $5 and $15 for non-members. For more information, visit www.cmom.com.

Springfield – Christmas on The Square and Christmas Parade – Welcome the Christmas spirit in Robertson County with a festival on the town square at 9 a.m. and a Christmas parade at 2 p.m. Vendors will have a variety of food and goods for sale and entertainment will be scheduled all day. For more information, visit www.robertsonchamber.org.

Lynchburg – Lynchburg’s Holiday Kickoff 2012 – A gingerbread competition, home tour, music and dance can be found at the Holiday Kickoff at 9:30 a.m. on the town square. For more information, visit www.lynchburgtn.com/Events/Christmas.html.

Nov. 21 - 25

Gatlinburg – Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community Thanksgiving Show – The annual holiday craft show features handcrafted gifts including jewelry, pottery, candles and stained glass at 10 a.m. at the Gatlinburg Convention Center.  For more information, visit www.gatlinburgcrafts.com.

Nov. 22

Pigeon Forge – A fireworks show at 7:30 p.m. will conclude the dramatic and energetic year at the Titanic Museum Attraction. Edwardian-period Christmas decorations, lights and costumed merry-makers will also be available for viewing. For more information, visit www.titanicpigeonforge.com.

Nov. 22 - 24

Gatlinburg – Festival of Trees – View dozens of ornately decorated Christmas trees at the W.L. Mills Conference Center. It’s a winter wonderland filled with different sizes and styles of Christmas trees. For more information, visit www.gatlinburg.com/events.  

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