Christmas Is Here Again In This Week’s Tennessee Tourism Round Up

Friday, December 1, 2017

Visits with Santa, live reindeer, millions of dazzling lights and heartwarming concerts take place throughout the month of December in Tennessee. For a complete list of events, visit tnvacation.

com/calendar.

Ongoing

Bristol – Speedway in Lights has a stunning display through Jan. 6, 2018 of more than 1 million lights and hundreds of displays that can be viewed by car. Make a reservation to bring your group through by bus.

Chattanooga – SCUBA Claus makes his dives and swims among the fish in the River Journey building 11 a.m. ET Saturdays and 2 p.m. ET Sundays through Dec. 17 at the Tennessee Aquarium.

Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge & Sevierville – Smoky Mountain Winterfest is hosted in the gateway towns to the Smokies that turn into a winter wonderland with dazzling displays of more than 5 million lights and special events through Feb. 28, 2018.

Memphis – Christmas at Graceland has traditional lights and decorations, a life-size Nativity scene, Santa and much more originally displayed by Elvis through Jan. 6, 2018.

Nashville – Gaylord Opryland’s A Country Christmas has sensational decorations, entertainment, and food, Cirque Dreams Holidaze at the Grand Ole Opry and more through Jan. 1, 2018 at Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center.

Nashville – Guests can receive free admission on Mondays when they bring a nonperishable food item for Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee through Dec. 18 at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts.

Pigeon Forge – Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas is the ultimate Smoky Mountain family Christmas destination with more than 4 million lights, Parade of Many Colors, fun rides and attractions, plus award-winning shows through Jan. 3, 2018.

Dec. 1

Baxter – "A Rocky Top Christmas" is the theme of this year's Baxter Christmas Parade 7 p.m. CT at the Baxter Depot Museum & Visitors' Center.

Knoxville – The WIVK Christmas Parade includes bands, dancers, floats, characters, and Santa Claus as they parade 7 p.m. ET down Gay Street.

Dec. 1-2

Clinton – Candlelight Christmas is an evening tour of the pioneer village decorated in old-fashioned, Appalachian Christmas decorations, a live Nativity scene, carols, animals, wagon rides and more 5-8:30 p.m. ET at the Museum of Appalachia.

Dec. 1-2, 8-9, 15-16

Savannah – Christmas on Main features ice skating, lights, Santa and family-friendly activities in downtown Savannah.

Dec. 1-3, 8-10

Spring City – Catch a performance of Annie: The Musical 7:30 p.m. ET Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. ET Sundays at the Tennessee Valley Theatre.

Dec. 1-10

Memphis – Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera plays to audiences 8 p.m. CT Dec. 1-2, 8-9; 2 p.m. CT Dec. 2, 9; 1 p.m. CT and 6:30 p.m. CT Dec. 3, 10; and 7:30 p.m. CT Dec. 5-7 at the Orpheum Theatre.

Dec. 2

Chattanooga – Shop for artisan gifts at the Chattanooga Holiday Market 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Sundays each weekend in December at Chattanooga Convention Center.

Cookeville – Enjoy caroling, games, holiday goodies, photos with Santa, and a “Polar Express” theme during the Cookeville Depot Christmas Open House 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. CT at the Cookeville Depot Museum. (Note: Santa takes a cookie break noon to 1 p.m. CT).

Goodlettsville – Enjoy Christmas cheer at Yulefest, an annual historic celebration 5-8 p.m. CT at Mansker’s Fort & the Bowen Plantation House.

Humboldt – The Christmas Open House includes a pop-up shop with handcrafted pottery, jewelry, crafts and more, a matinee movie 1 p.m. CT at the Humboldt Plaza 3 Theater, pictures with Santa and more in downtown Humboldt.

Jackson – The fun-filled Christmas in the City includes Santa, live reindeer, homemade baked goods, holiday characters and more noon to 4 p.m. CT in downtown Jackson. Later on, attend the magical family-friendly concert, Jackson Symphony Holiday Pops 7:30-9:30 p.m. CT at Carl Perkins Civic Center.

Knoxville – Enjoy a free Family Fun Day with activities, crafts, tours and more 1-4 p.m. ET at the McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture.

Knoxville – Kathleen Madigan performs her comedic routine 8 p.m. ET on the U.S. Cellular Stage at the Bijou Theatre. Chris Tomlin performs his tour “Chris Tomlin Christmas: Christmas Songs of Worship” 8 p.m. ET at the Tennessee Theatre.

Memphis – The Holiday Open House features unique handmade gifts, spiced cider and hot chocolate noon to 4 p.m. CT at the Metal Museum.

Memphis – The St. Jude Memphis Marathon is a Boston-qualifying, 26.2-mile race that traverses through the neighborhoods of Memphis and ends at AutoZone Park.

Monterey - The Town of Monterey kicks off their Christmas celebrations at 8 a.m. CT with Christmas Home & Hearth Market and Santa at the Depot with arts, crafts, baked goodies, unique gifts and more. The day’s festivities conclude with the annual Monterey Christmas Parade at 6:30 p.m. CT.

Nashville – Meet princesses and take photos during Meet Me at the Zoo: Snow Sisters 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. CT at Nashville Zoo.

Nashville – The Nashville Flute Choir presents their Holiday Concert 1 p.m. CT in the Grand Lobby of the Frist Center for the Visual Arts.

Nashville – Street Corner Symphony, Gabe Dixon & Friends Christmas Show will be 7:30 p.m. CT at the James K. Polk Theater.

Nashville – See work from Anne Siems’ latest exhibition “Inquiry” during the Art Crawl 5-8 p.m. CT at David Lusk Gallery.

Portland – The annual Portland Christmas Festival & Parade includes live music, Santa, cookie decorating, Christmas crafts, food, face painting and more 3-5:30 p.m. CT with the parade at 5:30 p.m. CT beginning at Freedom Drive in downtown Portland.

Union City – The David Johnson Chorus sings Christmas carols all afternoon in the Dinosaur Hall at Discovery Park of America. Santa visits the park noon to 5 p.m. CT Dec. 2, 9, 16.

Dec. 2, 9, 16

Collierville – Christmas in Collierville celebrates the holidays with music, carriage rides, and visits from Santa on Collierville’s historic square.

Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23

Knoxville – The Market Square Holiday Market is an outdoor market with artisans, food producers, food trucks, and farmers 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET on Market Square in downtown Knoxville.

Dec. 2-23

Nashville – Nashville’s Nutcracker celebrates its 10th year with more magic, characters and more 2 p.m. CT Dec. 2-3, 9-10, 16, 21-23; 7 p.m. CT Dec. 9, 15-16, 21-23; and 1 p.m. CT and 6:30 p.m. CT Dec. 17 at Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s Andrew Jackson Hall.

Dec. 3

Cookeville – Join thousands to experience Cookeville’s Christmas in the Park Kick-Off that includes the annual tree lighting ceremony, ice skating, Santa sightings, and sledding 6 p.m. CT at Dogwood Park.

Dec. 4

Columbia – The Main Street Christmas Parade includes marching bands, church and school groups, lighted floats and more.

Jackson – The festive Christmas parade comes to town with floats, lights, Santa and more in downtown Jackson.

Dec. 5

Lewisburg – See Winter Witness – An Evening of Christmas Music with Jerry Holt which also includes hors d’oeuvres and hot apple cider 7 p.m. CT at Connelly Dream Center.

Dec. 6

Knoxville – The Oak Ridge Boys Christmas Tour 2017 comes 7:30 p.m. ET to the Tennessee Theatre.

Nashville – Slow-Food Night is a chance to dine on burgers for a cause as a percentage of sales will go to the Middle Tennessee chapter of Slow Foods in support of community grants 6-10 p.m. CT at Hopdoddy.

Dec. 7

Cookeville – Enjoy Cookeville’s Christmas on the Square featuring an open house with food and hot drinks, free Christmas goodies, restaurant and retail specials, antiques, art, family photography specials and more.



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