Holiday Season Movies at Regal Riviera
Enjoy great Christmas movies at Regal Cinemas Riviera Stadium 8, 510 S. Gay St. Showtimes at www.REGmovies.com.
November 23 - 27, 2012
Fantasy of Trees
The Fantasy of Trees has been a holiday tradition in East Tennessee since 1985, and this year's event marks the 27th year of this special celebration of the season. In 2011, this special holiday event will showcase a theme of "A Holly Jolly Christmas,"highlighted with whimsical decorations and wintry designs that celebrate and showcase the fun and festive holiday season with reindeer at play, this year's "hot holiday colors" of lime green and bright reds, and twinkling snowflakes, glitter and lights. In addition, new children's activities and shops will also reflect this year's festive theme.
Location: Knoxville Convention Center. 865-541-8166.
November 29 - December 23, 2012
A Christmas Carol
Scrooge, the Cratchits, & the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present & Yet-to-Come return for those who have embraced Dickens’ classic as a part of their holiday season & for those about to discover it for the first time Clarence Brown Theatre.
November 23, 2012 - January 6, 2013
Knoxville's Holidays on Ice
Market Square & Krutch Park
• Market Square
• Mon. - Thurs.: 4 p.m. - 10 p.m.
• Fri. & Sat.: 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
• Sun.: 1 p.m. - 10 p.m.
• Christmas Day: Opens at 2 p.m.
Knoxville's only outdoor ice rink is open every day. Daily admission is $10 for adults and $7 for children under 12 years of age. Admission price includes skates & unlimited time on ice. Season passes & group rates available.
November 23, 2012
Regal Celebration of Lights
Market Square & Krutch Park at Gay Street
Downtown becomes a Christmas village with caroling, hot chocolate, marshmallow roasting, horse drawn carriage rides, free pictures with Santa, cookie decorating with Mrs. Claus & more. Also experience the lighting of the 38-foot, First Tennessee Foundation Christmas tree at 6:00 pm.
12:00 Noon - 9:00 pm
Enjoy holiday shopping from special vendors with quality handmade items. 26th: 12:00 Noon - 9:00 pm; 27th 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 pm. Market Street, downtown Knoxville.
December, various dates
The Christmas Express on Three Rivers Rambler
Catch a ride this holiday season on the Three Rivers Rambler’s “Christmas Express.” Passengers will be served refreshments & Santa will board the train to pass out gifts on this 90 min. 11 mile round trip. Departs from Volunteer Landing & follows the Tennessee River to Marbledale Quarry.
Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker
Emelianov's Great Russian Nutcracker is acclaimed for exquisite dancing & spectacular sets & costumes. Whimsical & imaginative storytelling, blend with richness of Russian classical dance. 3:00 pm and 7:30pm, Historic Tennessee Theatre 865-684-1149
Jazz for Tots
In conjunction with U.S. Marine Corps "Toys for Tots" Campaign, admission is a new unwrapped toy per person which will be a gift to a less fortunate child on Christmas morning. Cash donations will also be accepted, which will be used toward the purchase of a new toy. 7:00pm, James R. Cox Auditorium, Alumni Memorial Bldg.
December 1 - 31
Holiday Dinner Cruises
Two hour cruise with live entertainment & buffet style dinner featuring a special holiday menu. The "Star of Knoxville" will be beautifully decorated to enhance your holiday experience. Holiday lunch cruises are also available. Tennessee Riverboat Company, 865-525-7827
It's A Wonderful Lifey
At the Tennessee Theatre! Admission is FREE for this family event. No ticket is required, but seating is limited to the theatre's capacity. Released in 1947 and starring Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed, "It's a Wonderful Life" is a bittersweet comedy/drama about George Bailey, a compassionate but debt-ridden manager of a bank in typical small-town America, and the angel that helps him realize his importance in the world. The film was nominated for five Academy Awards and ranks No. 20 on the American Film Institute's "100 Greatest Movies of All Time" list.
Fountain City Christmas Parade
• Broadway, in Fountain City
• 10 a.m.
The Optimist Club of Knoxville's Annual Fountain City Christmas Parade will begin at the intersection of Broadway & Tazwell and end at Central Baptist Church. The parade will include marching bands, school groups, scouts and many floats. There will be a special appearance by Santa Claus.
Mighty Musical Monday with Central High School Chorus
The guest performers for the James A. Dick Mighty Musical Monday Program will be the Central High School Chorus. In addition to the singing performers, Bill Snyder and Freddie Brabson will play selections on the Mighty Wurlitzer Organ. Tickets will be available at the October and November Mighty Musical Monday programs, and in the Clinch Avenue box office. 12:00 noon and 3:00 p.m. Free admission; ticket required.
WIVK / Fowlers Christmas Parade
The Christmas Parade has been a traditional Christmas in the City event in Knoxville for over 60 years. The timeless classic includes a selection of high school bands, dancers, colorful floats, animals, local celebrities & national entertainers marching down historic Gay Street, downtown Knoxville. 7:00pm, Gay Street. 865-588-6511
The Orchestra at Maryville College & Community Chorus Holiday Concert
The Orchestra at Maryville College, led by conductor Bill Robinson, and the Community Chorus, under the direction of Alan Eleazer, will come together for a holiday concert at the Ronald And Lynda Nutt Theatre. The chorus will be performing an eclectic blend of Christmas music from the masters, such as J.S. Bach, Antonio Vivaldi and George Handel and many other traditional and well-known carols. 7:30 p.m.
$10 for adults
$8 for seniors who are 60 and older
$5 for students.
Tickets are $5 with the donation of a new, unwrapped toy for the "Toys for Blount County" campaign.
The performance is free to MC faculty, students and staff with ID, although a printed ticket is required for admission.
November 30 and December 1
The District in Bearden Holiday Open House
Celebrate the holidays with The District in Bearden’s 5th Annual Holiday Open House. Food will be provided. Special events & shopping on Saturday, Dec. 4th. Start the holiday season with special gift ideas from each of the many shops in The District.
Fri. 5 p.m.-9 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Knoxville Jingle Bell Run
5K run/walk fundraiser for the Arthritis Foundation. Participants are encouraged to wear their most festive costume & raise money for arthritis awareness. 10:00am, Krutch Park, Market Square.
December 2 & 3
Emporium Holiday Extravaganza
The Arts and Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville presents downtown’s most exquisite & affordable holiday shopping event featuring a one-of-a-kind selection of handcrafted gifts & live performances, Emporium Center for Arts & Culture. Fri. 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 865-523-7543
Wreath Making Workshops
Wreath making using natural materials as in days of old. 10:00am, Ramsey House Plantation. 865-546-0745
December 4 & 5
24th Annual Historic Old North Knoxville Victorian Holiday Home Tour
Visit 10 historic homes decorated for the holidays in Old North Knoxville. Tickets will be available at Knoxville Kroger stores beginning Nov. 15 for $10 or on the days of the event in the ticket booth at St. Mary’s Hospital’s parking lot on Woodland Ave. Prices: adults $15, senior citizens $10 & children under 12 admitted free with an adult. Free parking will be offered at St. Mary’s Woodland Ave. parking lot. There will be free bus rides to all of the homes, or you may drive or walk through the historic neighborhood. Allow 2-3 hours to complete the tour. Old North Knoxville Neighborhood.
Songs of the Season
Songs of the Season holiday music program at McGhee Tyson Airport. Area schools & local choral groups will perform holiday classics. 9:00 am - 2:00 pm. To schedule a performance contact Shirley Hughes at 342-3016 or Hughes@tys.org. A complete schedule will be posted at www.flyknoxville.com
Candlelight tours of historic home. 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Ramsey House.
Nutcracker on Ice
"The Nutcracker" is performed on ice. Skaters of all ages set the holiday mood with a festive pond skating scene, followed by the story of a young girl and a magical Christmas night. The music of Tchaikovsky is brought to life by the gliding, spinning, & jumping skills of 100+ skaters in this theatrical production. Ice Chalet.
Knoxville Museum of Art 18th annual Holiday Home Tour
Day Tours will be offered from 9:30am to 4:30pm and will include five homes plus a festive luncheon at Cherokee Country Club. The Knoxville residences are decorated for the season and will include several Sequoyah Hills classics, a fabulous lakefront estate, a top interiors designer's showplace, and a stunning custom-built home by presenting sponsor Schmid and Rhodes Construction. These homes combine innovative renovation, historic detail, great interior design, and distinguished architecture, all presented with creative holiday flare.
Tickets must be purchased in advance and are $75 per person for the Day Tour. Visit the Holiday Home page at www.knoxart.org to reserve tickets online.
Holidays at Blount Mansion
The Blount Mansion will be decorated for the holiday season and special guided tours will be given throughout the month of December.
Walk Through Bethlehem
14th annual event. Experience the village of Bethlehem as it might have been the night Jesus was born. Visit the shops, worship in the synagogue, observe the villagers, hear the angel choirs, see the animals, & search for the special baby born that night. Free admission. 1:00 pm - 7:00pm, Church Street United Methodist Church.
44th Annual Knoxville Nativity Pageant
The Nativity Pageant is one of the largest all-volunteer community Christmas Pageants in the US. The production will feature live animals, realistic sets, authentic costumes, & an original script told by way of a pantomime drama. Knoxville Civic Coliseum
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Tour de Lights
Experience the beautiful holiday lights of downtown & Island Home by bicycle on the 3rd annual Tour de Lights, sponsored by the City of Knoxville & TPO Bicycle Program. This six mile ride is suited for all ages & skill levels. Prizes will be awarded for the best decorated person, bicycle & helmet. Refreshments provided by Mast General Store. Free bike safety checks begin at 6 p.m. Helmets are required as well as legal lights. 7 p.m., Krutch Park.
News Sentinel Empty Stocking Fund
Founded in 1912, The News Sentinel Empty Stocking Fund provides food & gifts to those who are in need during the holidays. More than 900 volunteers prepare food baskets & toys to be distributed to 3,500 families. Call to volunteer. 865-342-6850
Joy: An Irish Christmas
Join acclaimed Irish singer/songwriters and recording artists Keith and Kristyn Getty for an unforgettable celebration of Christmas. Among the preeminent modern hymn composers of this generation, the husband-wife team presents a spectacular evening of beloved carols, modern hymns, and spirited Irish reels and jigs that capture the wonder and beauty of Christmas. Their Christmas tour, a highlight of the holiday season for audiences across the country, grew out of the Gettys' celebrated album, Joy--An Irish Christmas. Accompanied by some of the top musicians in Irish and American folk music, the couple puts their fresh interpretation on familiar Christmas classics and shares their own original carols. After each show, the festivities will continue as band members offer additional live music in the foyer.
December 8, 9, 10
2011 Living Christmas Tree
The Living Christmas Tree features a 240 voice choir, 60 piece orchestra & a drama cast of 300. Come celebrate our 20th year at this 2-hour family oriented performance, which incorporates sounds of Christmas along with Biblical drama, animals, & special effects. Free tickets required for admission; groups welcome. Thompson-Boling Arena. Tickets may be ordered online at www.livingchristmastree.org
December 14, 15, 16
Knoxville Symphony Orchestra 25th Annual Clayton Holiday Concert
East Tennessee's favorite holiday tradition continues as Maestro Lucas Richman leads the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, Knoxville Choral Society and special guests in your favorite songs & carols, plus an appearance by Santa himself! Ask about group discounts for groups of 10 or more. Civic Auditorium.
Holiday Festival of Lights
The Cove at Concord Park glitters with hundreds of thousands of twinkling lights. Vendors will be on site with kettle corn, hot chocolate & coffee. Bonfires for warming toes and roasting marshmallows.
December 21 & 22
Holiday Film: White Christmas at The Tennessee Theatre
• Tennessee Theatre
• Dec. 16: 8 p.m.; Dec. 18: 2 p.m.
Join us at the Tennessee Theatre for our annual holiday movie! After World War II, song and dance men Bob Wallace (Bing Crosby) and Phil Davis (Danny Kaye) form a successful partnership eventually becoming top Broadway producers. Bob agrees to take in a nightclub act by the Haynes Sisters, Betty (Rosemary Clooney) and Judy (Vera Ellen), as a "favor" for their brother who served with Bob and Phil in the war. White Christmas is a family favorite.
684-1200 ext: 2
December 14 & 15
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
A Christmas Comedy for the Whole Family
The WordPlayers, in collaboration with The Arts at Pellissippi State, presents The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson on Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 15, at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Performances are at Clayton Performing Arts Center on the main campus of Pellissippi State Community College, 10915 Hardin Valley Rd., Knoxville, TN. Tickets: $5-$12. For reservations, call (865) 694-6684 or visit pstcc.edu/arts/theatre.
Knoxville Jazz Orchestra's "A Swingin' Christmas"
The hippest concert of the season! Classic Christmas favorites performed in the styles of Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Glenn Miller, Stan Kenton and more. This year's featured guest should be listed as one of the seven wonders of the modern world. An Australian by birth, James Morrison plays 12 different instruments, composes music in a variety of genres (e.g., the opening fanfare for the 2000 Olympics in Sydney) and owns and operates one of Australia's most technologically advanced recording studios.
Christmas Eve Services
First Baptist Church Knoxville. Christmas Eve Candlelight Service. 5:00 pm. 865-546-9661
Christmas Eve Services
St. John's Episcopal Cathedral Christmas Pageant & Holy Eucharist; 6:00 pm Holy Eucharist; 10:45 pm Choral Eucharist. 12:00 Noon & 2:00pm (Chapel) Holy Eucharist; 4:00 pm. 865-525-7347
Christmas Eve Services
Redeemer Church of Knoxville, 1642 Highland Ave. 4:00pm-5:00pm Service; 5:00pm-6:00pm Christmas Eve Soup Dinner. 865-524-4552
Christmas Eve Services
First Presbyterian offers two Christmas Eve services. The 5:00pm Family Service is in the chapel & consists of favorite Christmas stories for children & carols. The 11:00pm Candlelighting & Communion Service begins with a prelude of music at 10:45 pm & continues with lessons, carols & communion. 5:0 0 pm & 11:00 pm, First Presbyterian Church. 865-546-2531
Christmas Eve Family Service
"Candlelight, Carols & Christmas Stories" designed for families with young children. Communion is not part of this service. 7:30pm, Church Street United Methodist Church, 865-521-0282
Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion Services
Musical Prelude begins at 4:30 pm and 10:30 pm, with traditional services at 5:00 pm and 11:00 pm, Church Street United Methodist Church. 865-521-0282
Christmas Eve Services of Holy Eucharist
The 5:30pm service is a family service with the Nativity Pageant. The 11:00 pm service has a musical prelude beginning at 10:30 pm. 5:30 pm & 11:00 pm. St. James' Episcopal Church. 865-523-5687
Christmas Day Service
10:00 am Holy Eucharist. St. John's Episcopal Cathedral. 865-525-7347
Christmas Day Buffet
Chef Tom Ortman and his talented staff will delight guests with traditional favorites of the holiday season. Finish off an amazing meal with some decadent desserts...and leave the dishes to us! Adults $26.95, Children $9.95, Children under 6 free. 11:00 am - 2:0 0pm, Crowne Plaza, Knoxville. Reservations highly recommended & can be made by calling 865-522-2600 ext. 2324.
Christmas Day Service of Holy Eucharist
10:00am, St. James' Episcopal Church. 865-523-5687
Holy Eucharist Service of Lessons & Carols
8:00 am & 10:30 am, St. James' Episcopal Church. 865-523-5687
First Night Knoxville 2011
6:00pm-12:00 Midnight, Market Square District
A New Year's Eve Celebration of the Arts in Downtown Knoxville. Multiple stages will showcase entertainment ranging from dance to music to spoken word & theatre. Fun activities for kids of all ages. One admission price gets you in for all shows, enjoy countdown & fireworks at midnight. 865-384-7290
Alive into 2013
"Alive into 2013!" is the New Year's Eve Party at the Knoxville Museum of Art, featuring the music of Knoxville's top Blues band Jenna and Her Cool Friends.
Admission includes dancing, supper and breakfast buffets by F.A.T.S. BBQ, two cash bars, and a fabulous view of the midnight fireworks on Market Square.
9:00 p.m.- 1:00 a.m.; $60, $40, $30