Tennessee Tourism Round Up For Dec. 12-24

Friday, December 11, 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.

Ongoing

Clinton – Christmas in Old Appalachia showcases how the holiday was celebrated during the pioneer days of Tennessee through Dec.

24 at the Museum of Appalachia.

Crossville - Celebrate the season with performances of the timeless tale of Scrooge through Dec. 19 and the heartwarming Sanders Family Christmas through Dec. 22 at the Cumberland County Playhouse.

Jonesborough – See Miracle on 34th Street, based on the 1947 film, on stage through Dec. 20 at the Jonesborough Repertory Theatre. Additionally, the annual Celebration of Trees, featuring beautifully decorated Christmas trees is on display through Dec. 20 at the Historic Jonesborough Visitors Center & Old Town Emporium Gift Shop.

Knoxville – Embodying Enlightenment: Buddhist Art of the Himalayas gives an insight on how trade, travel and Buddhism fostered an artistic tradition continued today, on display through Jan. 3 at the McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture.

Memphis – Enjoy a special screening of Polar Express through Dec. 24 at the Pink Palace Family of Museums.

Morristown – Have a hilarious time watching A Christmas Story, The Musical! play out on stage through Dec. 20 at the Walters State Community College.

Union City – Christmas trees, Santa Claus and more than 380,000 lights make up the Let It Glow Light Show illuminated until Dec. 31 at Discovery Park of America.

Dec. 11-12

Savannah – Attend the 11th annual Christmas in the Park for carriage rides, Santa’s workshop, train rides, games, Christmas carols and more at Pickwick Landing State Park.

White Pine – Be there for all the excitement at the Tennessee Indoor MX Championship 6:30 p.m. ET at Smoky Mountain Expo Arena.

Dec. 12

Alamo – Find the perfect gift during the Yukon Outfitters Show 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. CT at Village Gifts in downtown Alamo.

Covington – Ruth Bryant presents a talk, Along the Adriatic10-11:30 a.m. CT at the Tipton County Museum.

Gallatin – Enjoy It’s A Magical Christmas parade featuring floats, music and more 10:45 a.m. CT on the Gallatin Public Square.

Granville – Granville Country Christmas presents Glitz & Glitter of Christmas with shopping, children’s events, an antique toy show, “The Festival of Trees” and more in downtown Granville.

Jackson – Enjoy a performance of old time bluegrass music and pickers part of the Golden Circle Opry 5 p.m. CT at the South Jackson Community Center. Performances occur every second Saturday November through April.

Jonesborough – Celebrate the season with the Jonesborough Christmas Parade 6 p.m. ET in downtown Jonesborough.

Knoxville – The East Tennessee Historical Society’s Holiday Open House includes cookies, apple cider and music by the Smokyland Sound Chorus of the Greater Knoxville Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society.

Memphis – Cozy up for fun at the Jammies and Jingles Breakfast with pancakes and pictures with Santa, face painting and winter crafts with a Christmas movie 9:30-10:30 a.m. CT at The Children’s Museum of Memphis.

Memphis – Enjoy a performance by Melinda Doolittle as she sings for one night in Memphis 7 p.m. CT at the Orpheum Theatre.

Red Boiling Springs – Holiday Open House and Storytelling at Grandpa’s House takes place 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET at Grandpa’s House.

Spring City – Join in on the Christmas fun during the 52nd annual Spring City Christmas Parade that also has a craft show 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. CT.

Union City – Take a musical journey through how the Christmas Carol came to be during “Laughing All the Way!” 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. CT in the ATA Room at Discovery Park of America.

Dec. 12-13

Franklin – Homes for the Holidays Candlelight Tour features Lotz House decorated in 1864 decorations of pulled cotton, harvested nuts, apples, magnolia leaves and holly 5-8:30 p.m. CT at Lotz House.

Jackson – Ring in Christmas with the Sugar Plum Tea Party which also includes a ticket to the Nutcracker Ballet 5:30 p.m. CT Dec. 12 and 12:30 p.m. CT Dec. 13 at the Civic Center.

Dec. 13

Cornersville – The Annual Rotary Christmas Tour of Homes features spotlight locations on Highway 31-A 1-5 p.m. CT in downtown Cornersville. 

Hendersonville – Tea with Santa is an annual festival of shopping, refreshments and, of course, Santa Claus at The Streets of Indian Lake.

Knoxville – Take advantage of two free screenings of It’s A Wonderful Life! 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. ET at the historic Tennessee Theatre.

Murfreesboro – The Murfreesboro Christmas Parade brings Christmas to town 2 p.m. CT starting on East Main Street.

Dec. 17

Chattanooga – Nature Nuts: Wild Holiday Decorations help children craft holiday decorations from the wild, for the wild, 5-7 p.m. ET at the Tennessee Aquarium.

Memphis – Enjoy a night of music at Home for the Holidays 7:30 p.m. CT in The Cadre Building, 149 Monroe Ave. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door.

Nashville – Contrarian Ensemble performs dance music from the 1300s 6-8 p.m. CT in the Frist Center Café at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts.

Nashville – The Science of Beer returns that unites beer-lovers and science enthusiasts for a fun evening 7-10 p.m. CT at Adventure Science Center.

Dec. 17-20

Jackson – See the stage adaption of the Christmas classic It’s A Wonderful Life! 7:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. CT at The Ned.

Dec. 18

Memphis – Tony Bennett and Antonia Bennett perform for audiences 8 p.m. CT at the Orpheum Theatre.

Dec. 18-19

Chattanooga – All aboard the Polar Express for a trip to the North Pole during PJs & The Polar Express with a special, 3D screening of the film and refreshments 9:30-11:45 a.m. ET at the Tennessee Aquarium.

Dec. 20

Chapel Hill – Henry Horton State Park Santa Claus is Coming to Town is at 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. CT. Santa is on hand for pictures at Henry Horton State Park.

Memphis – Catch a Christmas performance from India Arie with special guest Jonathan McReynolds 7:30 p.m. CT at Minglewood Hall.

Memphis – It’s A Wonderful Life will be on view along with dinner specials at The Majestic Grille.

Dec. 23

Memphis – Have a listen: The Maître D’s perform Booker T and The MG’s In the Christmas Spirit on Beale St. Caravan.

Dec. 24

Jackson – The 31st annual Christmas Eve Breakfast buffet is $4.99 for adults and $2.99 for children 5:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. CT at the Old Country Store. Santa is at The Providence House.


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