Holiday Fun in This Week’s Tennessee Tourism Round Up

Friday, November 17, 2017 - by Amanda Stravinsky
 Don’t miss the Christmas markets, supporting small businesses, music and decadent food that are all happening in Tennessee. For a complete list of events, visit tnvacation.com/calendar.

Ongoing

Nashville – The Thanksgiving-inspired burger, the Turducken (Turducken patty with fried green beans, onions, cranberry sauce and stuffing bun) is now available through Nov. 22 at Hopdoddy Burger Bar.

Nov. 17-19

Memphis – New Ballet Ensemble’s Nut Remix features a new, modern take on the classic, The Nutcracker 7 p.
m. CT Nov. 17; 5:30 p.m. CT Nov. 18; and 2:30 p.m. CT Nov. 19 at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts.

Nov. 18

Chattanooga – Discover the elevated side of Frothy Monkey through Wine Love Dinners, a crafted menu and wine pairings 6:30-9 p.m. ET at Frothy Monkey in Southside Chattanooga.

Hendersonville – Enjoy the November Winter House Concert featuring Kenny Hampton 6-8 p.m. CT at the Historic Rock Castle.

McMinnville – Darrell Scott Band with Robbie Fulks perform during Bluegrass Underground 1 p.m. CT inside the Volcano Room of Cumberland Caverns.

Murfreesboro – Celebrate favorite superheroes, villains and comics during Superhero Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT at the Discovery Center.

Nashville – Backstage Nashville continues with Paul Jenkins, Matt Rogers, Keesy Timmer and Robin Pearl 12:30 p.m. CT at 3rd and Lindsley.

Oak Ridge – One of the largest athletic events in the region, approximately 1,000 participants run or walk their way to the finish line of the Secret City Half Marathon & 5K at 697 Melton Lake Dr., Oak Ridge, TN.

Ripley – Enjoy cozy small town charm during the Lighting of the Christmas Tree featuring caroling and Santa Claus beginning 6 p.m. CT in downtown Ripley.

Nov. 18-19

Silver Point – Celebrate the holidays with artistic flair by joining the Appalachian Center for Craft at their Holiday Celebration with gallery viewing and shopping, craft workshops, handmade ornaments, and more.

Nov. 18-22

Nashville – Henley currently hosts a James Beard House Dinner Menu, featuring selections from chef RJ Cooper in a five-course dinner with wine and drink pairings.

Nov. 18-Dec. 31

Memphis – A Memphis holiday tradition, the Enchanted Forest Festival of Trees features animated characters, model trains and decorated trees in the Bodine Exhibit Hall at the Pink Palace Museum. Santa arrives on the front lawn 9 a.m. CT Nov. 18.

Nov. 18-Jan. 7

Jackson – Drive through the award-winning Christmas light and music show that’s more than two miles long 5:30-10 p.m. CT at Jackson Generals Ballpark.

Nov. 19

Chattanooga – The annual Thanksgiving Market features artisan foods, fresh produce, baked goods, arts and crafts and more with live music beginning 12:30 p.m. ET at the Chattanooga Market.

Maryville – Tellabration! A Celebration of Storytelling is performed by the Smoky Mountain Storytellers Association and features tales from around the world, Tennessee lore and more 6-7:30 p.m. ET at Vienna Coffee House.

Nov. 21

Nashville – John McLaughlin & Jimmy Herring perform their The Meeting of the Spirits – America Farewell Tour 7:30 p.m. CT at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

Nov. 22

Lewisburg – Enjoy the 5th Anniversary Celebration featuring fried turkeys and more 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. CT at Pickers Creek Winery.

Nov. 22, 30

Memphis – The music of John Kilzer is featured Nov. 22 and North Mississippi Allstars are featured Nov. 30 on Beale Street Caravan. Find your station here.

Nov. 22-Dec. 26

Franklin – Watch beloved Christmas movies like Elf; National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation; It’s a Wonderful Life; A Christmas Story; and The Polar Express among others at the Franklin Theatre.

Nov. 23

Smithville – Leave the cooking to Evins Mill as you enjoy the Thanksgiving Feast featuring roasted turkey with fresh cranberry relish, pit ham, mashed Yukon gold potatoes, baked Tennessee apples and much more 5-7 p.m. CT at Evins Mill.

Nov. 23-Dec. 16

Clarksville – A Charlie Brown Christmas is entertainment for the whole family 7 p.m. CT Thursdays; 8 p.m. CT Fridays; and 2 p.m. CT and 8 p.m. CT Saturdays at the Roxy Regional Theatre.

Nov. 24

Elizabethton – Walking in Frontier Footsteps is an after-Thanksgiving Day guided, interpretive walk along the grounds 4 p.m. ET beginning from the Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park’s Visitor Center.

Memphis – Enjoy the Tree Lighting Celebration that illuminates the City of Memphis Christmas Tree featuring city officials, a patient and family from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Santa 6:15 p.m. CT at Memphis Botanic Garden.

Union City – Let It Glow Christmas Light Show illuminates the night 5-9 p.m. CT with thousands of lights and Christmas songs at Discovery Park of America.

Nov. 24-Dec. 23

Nashville – It’s a Wonderful Life is a musical retelling of the holiday classic movie performed at Chaffin’s Barn Theatre.

Nov. 24-Dec. 24

Lewisburg – Andrews Springs Farm Holiday Activities includes hay rides, selling Christmas trees, animals and Santa’s visit 1:30-5:30 p.m. CT at Andrews Springs Farms.

Nov. 24-Dec. 26

Memphis – Holiday Wonders at the Garden is bigger and brighter than ever with events like Snowy Nights, Sculptures Bright, and Trees Alight 5:30-8:30 p.m. CT at the Memphis Botanic Garden.

Nov. 24-Dec. 30

Jackson – Christmas Under the STARs is a drive-thru light display that includes Santa’s village, camel rides and refreshments 5:30-10 p.m. CT at the Jackson TN Fairgrounds.

Nov. 25

Jackson – The first concert in the Jackson Sound Concert Series features music from the Bryan Moffitt Band beginning 6 p.m. CT and Rev. Jessie & the Holy Smokes, Skyelor Anderson and Jonathan Singleton & The Grove 6-11 p.m. CT at the Carl Perkins Civic Center.

Nashville – Fantasia performs her Christmas After Midnight to kick off the holiday season 8 p.m. CT at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

Nashville – The Hip Hop Nutcracker is a contemporary re-imagination of Tchaikovsky’s music 3 p.m. CT and 7 p.m. CT in the James K. Polk Theater.

Statewide – Continue holiday shopping during Small Business Saturday, where small local business shopping is encouraged throughout the U.S.

Nov. 25-26

Chattanooga – The Christmas Market has local gift items and more 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET at Collegedale Market.

Nov. 26

Elizabethton – The Old Time Music Jam led by Art Lang celebrates the region’s music traditions while inviting the public to join in or enjoy listening 1:30-4 p.m. ET at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park.

Nov. 29-Dec. 10

Memphis – The Tony Award-winning musical, Phantom of the Opera brings new scenic design, costumes, new staging and more 7:30 p.m. CT Nov. 29-30, Dec. 5-7; 8 p.m. CT Dec. 1-2, Dec. 8-9; 2 p.m. CT Dec. 2,9; and 1 p.m. CT and 6 p.m. CT Dec. 3, 10 at the Orpheum Theatre.

Nov. 30

Knoxville – Maggie Longmire debuts her latest release, Baby It’s Time, at a CD release performance 8 p.m. ET at the Laurel Theater.

Murfreesboro – Celebrate Discovery Center’s 30th anniversary during Throwback Thursday with admission at $2 1-5 p.m. CT at the Discovery Center at Murfree Spring. 


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