Tennessee Tourism Round Up: Start Of The Holidays

Friday, November 27, 2015 - by Amanda Stravinsky

Tennessee’s upcoming tourism news is consolidated for your convenience below. For a complete list of Tennessee events, visit tnvacation.com/calendar. 


Chattanooga – The Chattanooga Holiday Market is free and open to the public and features everything you need for a great Christmas season, including Santa visits 11 a.

m. to 3 p.m.in the Chattanooga Convention Center.

November – January

Bristol – Speedway in Lights displays more than 1 million lights and hundreds of displays.

Memphis – Christmas at Graceland has lights and decorations, a life-size Nativity scene, Santa and much more originally displayed by Elvis.

Nashville – Gaylord Opryland’s “A Country Christmas” features decorations, entertainment, ICE!, and more.

Nov. 27

Chapel Hill – Burn off Thanksgiving calories during the Ranger Fun Run 9 a.m. at Henry Horton State Park.

Knoxville – Holidays on Ice begins, bringing holiday fun and the ice rink that celebrates its 10th anniversary season to guests through Jan. 18 in downtown Knoxville’s Market Square.

Lewisburg – Drive through the Enchanted Forest of Christmas scenes, Christmas Village and Light Show through New Year’s Eve at the Hi-Way 50 Drive-In.

Nashville – Barry and Holly and the Eclectic Five Band perform for audiences 6-8 p.m. in the Frist Center Café at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts.

Nov. 27-Dec. 13

Hendersonville – Christmas Belles is a play about family secrets, a surly Santa, a reluctant Elvis impersonator and more at the Hendersonville Performing Arts Company Theatre.

Nov. 27-Dec. 27

Memphis – A Tuna Christmas is a hilarious play about the various, sometimes stressful, parts of the holiday season at the Circuit Playhouse.

Nov. 27-Jan. 2
Pigeon Forge – 
Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas features more than 4 million lights, fun rides and attractions, plus award-winning holiday shows.

Nov. 28-Dec. 20

Nashville – Holiday Lights at Cheekwood features photos with Santa, cookie decorating, 750,000 lights, a concert series, real reindeer, and more at Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art.

Nov. 30

Franklin – The 151st Anniversary of the Battle of Franklin and Annual Illumination commemorates the anniversary of the Battle of Franklin with 10,000 luminaries representing each casualty. The luminaries are lit at dusk 4:30 p.m. with special speakers. The event is free and open to the public.

November - February

Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Sevierville – Smoky Mountain Winterfest turns the Smokies into a winter wonderland with more than 5 million light displays and special events.

Dec. 1

Nashville – Celebrate the season with light bites, live music and shopping at Five & Tenn 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Omni Nashville Hotel. The event is free and open to the public.

Dec. 1-4

Lauderdale County – The Christmas parade in Halls is Dec. 1; Ripley’s parade is Dec. 3; and Henning has its parade Dec. 4.

Dec. 1-23

Chattanooga – Ruby Red Christmas invites guests to journey 1,120 ft. underground for holiday music, a light show and more festivities at Ruby Falls.

Dec. 1-30

Franklin – The Gray Line Christmas Lights Tour allows guests to experience a “Twinkling Tennessee Christmas” at various sites in Nashville and Franklin. For more information, visit GrayLineTN.com.

Dec. 3

Jackson – The 3rd annual Christmas Concert with Francesca Battistelli features Christmas classics 6:30 p.m. at Fellowship Bible Church in downtown Jackson.

Kingsport – Santa visits with guests 5-8 p.m. at the Kingsport Carousel in downtown Kingsport.

Dec. 4

Maryville – An evening of great music and fun, the Boston Brass All Stars Big Brass Band perform their concert “Christmas Bells are Swingin” 7:30 p.m. at the Clayton Center for the Arts.

Dec. 4

Nashville – The Buzz Swanky Sweater Christmas Jam returns with AWOLNATION, Highly Suspect, and Red Sun Rising at War Memorial Auditorium.

Dec. 4

Murfreesboro – Enjoy A Holiday Homecoming: Christmas at Oaklands 2015 7-10 p.m. at the Oaklands Mansion.

Dec. 4-5

Paris – Yes, Virginia the Musical is about Virginia O’Hanlon who wrote a letter in 1897 to The New York Sun asking if Santa Claus was real. Performances are 7 p.m. at the Krider Performing Arts.

Dec. 5

Clarksville – Red River Breeze’s Celtic Christmas Concert celebrates Christmas and the release of The Babe of Bethlehem 1 p.m. at the Roxy Regional Theatre.

Gatlinburg – The inaugural Holiday Market takes place 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Covered Bridge in space 3B1.

Huntingdon – A Main Street Christmas is a holiday extravaganza 2-6 p.m. at The Dixie on the Court Square in downtown Huntingdon.

Jackson – A holiday open house has merchants like Hattie’s, Mags & LuLu, POSH, Talbots and Vineyard’s Gifts in attendance during Christmas at Northpark 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at The Shoppes at Northpark.

La Vergne – The 5th annual Parade of Lights features the tree lighting ceremony and fireworks along with cars, floats and lit up signs 6 p.m. beginning at Veterans Memorial Park.

Murfreesboro – The 32nd annual Christmas Candlelight Tour of Homes features historic private homes and the Oaklands Mansion decked out for the holidays 4-8 p.m. at the Oaklands Historic House Museum.

Nashville – Skaggs Family Christmas starring Ricky Skaggs and The Whites takes place as part of Deck the Hall Concert Series 7:30 p.m. at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

Union City – Enjoy a performance from the David Johnson Chorus noon to 4 p.m. at Discovery Park of America.

Dec. 5-6, 11-12

Knoxville – The Nutcracker is performed by the Appalachian Ballet Company in two venues, Dec. 5-6 at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium and Dec. 11-12 at the Clayton Center for the Arts.

Dec. 5-6, 12-13, 19-20

Nashville – The Historic Home Yuletide Tours highlights a Victorian Christmas with vintage decorations, recorder music and a festive performance from The American Caroling Company 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Grassmere Historic Home.

Dec. 5, 12

Rugby – Christmas at Historic Rugby has decorated historic homes to bring an old-fashioned Christmas holiday season to life.

Dec. 6

Castalian Springs – Participate in a Christmas Open House 1-4 p.m. at Wynnewood State Historical Site and at the Rogan Cottage in Bledsoe’s Fort Historic Park.

Chattanooga – Caroling with the Fishes invites guests to hear the sound of carolers as they fill the air with seasonal classics 6:30-9 p.m. at the Tennessee Aquarium.

Clarksville – Sparkling Brunch includes cuisine and wine from Beachaven Winery during a performance of Shakespeare noon at the Roxy Regional Theatre.

Goodlettsville – Yulefest features a called dance, gift items, handmade art, refreshments, live music and more 6-9 p.m. at Historic Mansker's Station.

Memphis – Enjoy a viewing of Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn featuring Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire 6:30 p.m. at The Majestic Grille.

Memphis – Enjoy many artisans and their wares at the Brooks Museum Holiday Artists Market 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art.

Nashville – Create ornamental instruments, decorate country cookies, and hear a mandolin demonstration from Caleb Edwards beginning 11 a.m. at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

Smyrna – The 41st annual Christmas Parade features floats, Clydesdale horses, and Santa 2 p.m. on Lowry Street.

Townsend-Walland – Join these small towns bordering the Great Smoky Mountains National Park as they display simple white lighted crosses along roadsides and mountaintops. The spectacle kicks off at the Barn Event 7 p.m. in Townsend.

Dec. 6-26

Cookeville – Thousands will join for three weeks of holiday festivities during Christmas in the Park. The parade and tree lighting takes place Dec. 6. Other events include Rockin’ with the Reindeer, Santa, community caroling, ice skating and more.

Dec. 8-13

Memphis – Tony-Award winning musical Disney’s Newsies brings its high energy to The Orpheum Theatre.

Dec. 9-19

Clarksville – A Christmas Carol featuring John McDonald is performed for audiences at the Roxy Regional Theatre.

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