Tennessee Tourism Round Up For Dec. 9-18

Friday, December 9, 2016

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

Ongoing

Memphis – Watch the stop-motion animated film The Light Before Christmas 3D through Dec.

31 in the CTI 3D Giant Theater at Pink Palace Family of Museums.

Union City – Be enchanted by the drive-through Christmas wonder, Let It Glow Light Show 5-9 p.m. CT on the grounds of Discovery Park of America.

Dec. 9

Jackson – The West Tennessee All-Star Football Game features the best from West Tennessee high schools as they face off 7 p.m. CT at Liberty Technology Magnet High School.

Knoxville – Celebrate songwriter Arthur Q. Smith with a marker dedication and entertainment beginning 4 p.m. ET at the Emporium.

Dec. 9-10

Counce – Christmas in the Park is a holiday tradition with more than 100,000 glowing bulbs and hundreds of animated figures. The event is free but donations are accepted 6-9 p.m. CTat Pickwick Landing State Park. For more information, call 731-925-2363.

Knoxville – Appalachian Ballet Company performs The Nutcracker 7:30 p.m. ET Dec. 9 and 3 p.m. ET Dec. 10 at Clayton Center for the Arts.

Dec. 9-10, 16-17

Savannah – Christmas on Main continues with more lights, holiday movies, outdoor performances and more in downtown Savannah.

Dec. 9-11

Jackson – The Nutcracker, performed by the Ballet Arts of Jackson, dances to the stage 2 p.m. CT and 7 p.m. CT at the Carl Perkins Civic Center. A Sugar Plum Tea Party can be enjoyed 12:30 p.m. CT and 5 p.m. CT Dec. 10-11 before the show.

Dec. 9-18

Crossville – See the classic A Christmas Story performed on stage 2:30 p.m. CT Dec. 8; 2:30 p.m. CT and 7:30 p.m. CT Dec. 101:30 p.m. CT Dec. 137:30 p.m. CT Dec. 1610:30 a.m. CT and 7:30 p.m. CT Dec. 17; and 2:30 p.m. CT Dec. 18 at Cumberland County Playhouse.

Dec. 9-31

Murfreesboro – Every day is a Christmas celebration with hands-on activities 11 a.m. CT on weekdays and 2 p.m. CT on weekends at the Discovery Center.

Dec. 10

Huntingdon – The holiday extravaganza, A Main Street Christmas features train rides, live nativity, music, street vendors and more 2 p.m. CT in downtown Huntingdon and at The Dixie Carter Performing Arts & Enrichment Center.

Lewisburg – Enjoy the annual Holiday Open House 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. CT at Picker’s Creek Winery.

McMinnville – A Pirates Christmas with Tom Mason and the Blue Buccaneers is filled with holiday cheer 1-4 p.m. CT at Bluegrass Underground in the caverns of Cumberland Caverns.

Memphis – Enjoy A Victorian Christmas with refreshments, an antique doll display and visit from Father Christmas 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. CT at Mallory-Neely House.

Memphis – Maysey Craddock shares thoughts about her artistic practices that influenced her show “unfolding shores” 11 a.m. CT at David Lusk Gallery Memphis.

Memphis – Storytime with Izzy the Dalmatian, face painting, and a full breakfast are featured during Breakfast with Santa, who arrives on a Memphis fire engine at 8 a.m. CT at Fire Museum of Memphis.

Paris – Enjoy the downtown Christmas festival and the Holly Jolly “Electric” Christmas Parade with live animals, trackless train rides, crafts, Santa, stories and treats 3-5 p.m. CT in downtown Paris.

Dec. 10-11

Alamo – The 4th annual Noah Festival of Trees includes entertainment and beautifully decorated trees 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT Dec. 10 and 1-4 p.m. CT Dec. 11 beside the Food Rite.

Jefferson City – Enjoy a self-guided tour of the gorgeous 1869 historic site with hot wassail and Victorian-style desserts 1-5 p.m. ET with candlelight tours 7-9 p.m. ET at Glenmore Victorian Mansion.

Knoxville – Annual Christmas Tours feature rooms decorated in the spirit of the holiday season 5-8 p.m. ET Dec. 10 and 2-5 p.m. ET Dec. 11 at Mabry-Hazen House.

Murfreesboro – The Bethlehem Marketplace is a re-enactment of how the village of Bethlehem might have appeared just after the birth of Jesus with Roman soldiers, live camels and other animals, tent makers, weavers, carpenters, and merchants noon to 5 p.m. CT at Southeast Baptist Church.

Dec. 11

Clarksville – Red River Breeze brings A Celtic Christmas back with classic holiday tunes and carols with a Celtic flair 3 p.m. CT to the Roxy Regional Theatre.

Memphis – Inside the Collection: Knives includes a brief lecture by Kim Bradshaw, the Metal Museum’s registrar, and a tour of the museum’s collection of handmade knives 2-2:30 p.m. CT at the Metal Museum.

Memphis – Emmy® Award-winning Irish tenor Eamonn McCrystal and favorite Celtic woman, Chloë Agnew join forces for an exclusive North American tour 7:30 p.m. CT at the Halloran Centre at the Orpheum.

Dec. 13

Selmer – Have Dinner With Santa and Mrs. Claus with holiday cheer including a cookie workshop, reindeer food workshop, Santa’s Toy Workshop, photo opportunities with Santa, and a special reading of “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” by Mrs. Claus 5-7 p.m. CT at the Selmer Civic Center.

Dec. 13-18

Memphis – Annie, the Broadway musical returns in time-honored form 7:30 p.m. CT Tuesday to Thursday8 p.m. CT Friday2 p.m. CT and 8 p.m. CT Saturday; and 1 p.m. CT and 6:30 p.m. CT Sunday at the Orpheum Theatre.

Dec. 14

Nashville – The Home for the Holidays Wine Tasting includes a tasting and pairing class for upcoming holiday feasts 6-8 p.m. CT at City Winery.

Dec. 15

Nashville – The 8th annual Science of Beer is an annual festival that celebrates local, national and international craft beers with tastings of more than 70 craft brews and beer-science demonstrations and activities 7-10 p.m. CT at Adventure Science Center.

Dec. 15-17

Dandridge – Have an old-fashioned Christmas during AJ & Sallie Bush Homeplace Open House 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. ET at AJ & Sallie Bush Homeplace.

Dec. 15-18

Jackson – A Christmas Carol: Scrooge is performed for audiences 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15-17 with matinee performances at 2 p.m. CT Dec. 17-18 at Ned Mc Wherter Cultural Arts.

Dec. 16

Huntingdon – Christmas on Broadway showcases Christmas music and Broadway tunes 7 p.m. CT at The Dixie Carter Performing Arts & Enrichment Center.

Nashville – Mistletoe Madness features Rodney Atkins, Jerrod Niemann, Love and Theft, and Dylan Scott 7:30 p.m. CT at War Memorial Auditorium.

Dec. 17

Crawford – Enjoy a non-ticketed music concert as a way to help donate non-perishable food, new and softly used children’s coats, toys and books noon to 7 p.m. CT in the Plateau Music Sanctuary on the Hippie Jack Farm. Performers are The Appalachian Hippie Poet, Leonard Anderson, The Naughty Knots, Kevin Gordon, Mary Gauthier, and Tim O'Brien.

Murfreesboro – Parent’s Night Out: Merry Makers has activities like candy chemistry experiments, gumdrop engineering challenges, circuitry lessons with mini LED lights, dinner and snacks 5:30-9:30 p.m. CT at the Discovery Center.

Nashville – Guests can enjoy a Sugar Plum Brunch with Nashville ballerinas and other special guests from Nashville’s Nutcracker 11:30 a.m. CT at Union Station Hotel. Tickets are $48 for adults and $18 for children 12 and under.

Union City – Galaxy of Lights features Christmas trees, hot chocolate, carolers and pictures with Santa 5-9 p.m. CT at the Obion County Fairgrounds.

Dec. 17-18

Chattanooga – Home for the Holidays features the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra with James Stephenson as guest conductor, Michele Ragusa as the vocalist and Chattanooga’s Neshawn Calloway as a featured soloist 7:30 p.m. ET Dec. 17 and 3 p.m. ET Dec. 18 at the Tivoli Theatre.

Dec. 18

Knoxville – The holiday classic movie White Christmas can be viewed 2 p.m. ET and 6 p.m. ET at the Tennessee Theatre.



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