KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — The most wonderful time of the year is full of things to do. WATE 6 digital staff is curating this list of holiday events planned for East Tennessee this winter. Check back often for updates!
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Now – Feb. 19 Pigeon Forge Winterfest, free. One of the country’s largest free outdoor lights festivals with more than 40 displays found throughout Pigeon Forge. More info. Walk the new Winterfest Wonders of Light Walking Trail at the Riverwalk Greenway.
Now to Jan. 31 – Lights over Gatlinburg. Tickets required. Gatlinburg SkyLift Park. Photos ops for the family, 300-foot tunnel of lights, new hiking trail, and 20 NEW dancing trees along the SkyTrail. More info.
Now to Jan 1 – Christmas at Anakeesta. Included in general admission, Anakeesta’s Parkway Christmas tree will dazzle with over 3 million lights and custom animations, and guests will be captivated by daily entertainment including Kringle’s Karols Christmas Carolers and Jolly the Juggling Elf. More info.
Nov. 22 – Jan. 2 – Light the Park in Farragut, free. Lights are from Town of Farragut welcome sign on N. Campbell Station Road to Founders Park at Campbell Station, the Farragut Community Center and Mayor Ralph McGill Plaza at the Campbell Station Inn. Lights come on every evening at dusk through Jan. 2. More info.
Nov. 25 to Jan – Smoky Mountain Lights, $25 per car. 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. daily. New holiday experience at the Townsend Visitor Center open through Jan. 2. Not only will visitors be able to take in the lights of Christmas, but they will also experience Christmas Village vendors and meet Santa.
Nov. 25 to Jan – Regal Celebration of Lights, free, 5:15 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Market Square, Krutch Park and Market Street in downtown Knoxville. Holiday skating rink opens, tree lighting at 6 p.m. and Evelyn Jack performs. More info a https://www.KnoxvilleTN.gov/Christmas.
Nov. 25 to Jan 1 – Shadrack Christmas at Soaky Mountain Waterpark. Tickets required and must be purchased before arrival. More info.
Nov. 25 to Jan. 8 – Elf on the Shelf Scavenger Hunt in downtown Knoxville. Free, children of all ages will enjoy this fun-filled adventure at more than two dozen downtown locations. Pick up your pass at the Visit Knoxville Visitors Center or Mast General Store
Nov. 25 to Jan. 8 – Downtown Peppermint Trail, free. Follow the trail of peppermints on the sidewalks of Downtown Knoxville to discover all sorts of treats featuring the favorite red-and-white candy.
Nov. 29 – Christmas Vespers Service, Free, in Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Center at the Tusculum University in Greeneville. If weather permits, hot chocolate and cookies will be available outside as the university lights its Christmas tree. More info.
Dec. 1 – Oak Ridge Community Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, free, 6 p.m. in A.K. Bissell Park. Afterward, A.K. Pavilion to host seasonal music and the Recreation and Parks Advisory Board awards ceremony. For outdoor events, please dress appropriately. Visit www.orrecparks.org, or call (865) 425-3450 for info.
Dec. 1 – Blount County Festival of Trees, free. Tree Lighting at 6:30 p.m. at Blount County Courthouse. Drive by or walk through. Entertainment, refreshments, and visits with Santa Claus at the event. More info 865-983-9244.
Dec. 1 – Farragut’s Celebrate the Season, free. From 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Farragut Community Center. children can have photos taken with Santa and enjoy cookie decorating and crafts. Free movie in the Assembly Hall.
Dec. 1 – Knoxville Symphony Orchestra concert in Harrogate, free. 7 p.m. at the B. Frank “Tex” Turner Arena at Lincoln Memorial University.
Dec. 1 – Morristown’s annual Christmas Parade on Main Street is at 7 p.m. According to the city, the Morristown Christmas Parade has always been held on the first Thursday of December.
Dec. 2 – Gatlinburg’s Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade. free, 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. through downtown.
Dec. 2 – WIVK Christmas Parade, free, downtown Knoxville. Bands, dancers, lighted floats, classic vehicles, costumed characters and Santa Claus in annual procession down Gay Street.
Dec. 2 – Christmas at the Courthouse in Sevier County, free. 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Sevier County Courthouse. Enjoy a classic tree lighting in addition to children’s crafts, photos with Santa, delicious holiday snacks and music.
Dec. 2 – Knoxville Symphony Orchestra concert in Dandridge, $15 per ticket. 7 p.m. at Jefferson County High School. More info and ticket purchases online.
Dec 2 & 3; Dec 9 & 10; Dec 16 & 17 – Christmas in the Village, tickets required. 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. each day at the Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center in Townsend. Living history interpreters will act as guides through the holiday-adorned historic Appalachian village full of handcrafting demonstrations allowing visitors to connect with the spirit and history of Townsend, Cades Cove and the Great Smoky Mountains. More info.
Dec. 3 – Knoxville Symphony Orchestra concert in Athens, Tickets $30 adult, $20 student. 3 p.m. at Athens City Middle School. More info and ticket purchases online.
Dec. 3 – Sevierville Christmas Parade, free. 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Forks of the River Parkway.
Dec. 3 – New Market Christmas Parade, free. 5 p.m. Lineup is at Lost Creek Golf Course and travels down Old Andrew Johnson Highway and end at the New Market Fire Department.
Dec. 3 – Clinton Christmas Parade, free.
Dec. 3 – Karns Christmas Parade, 9 a.m., free.
Dec. 3 – Powell Christmas Parade, free. 5 p.m. kickoff.
Dec. 3 – Symphony of the Mountains Holiday Concerts, $35 per adult with kids and students free. 3 p.m. at Toy F. Reid Eastman Employee Center in Kingsport, TN. Tickets (423) 392-8423 or visit symphonytix.com
Dec. 3 – Dandridge Cookie Crawl, free. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.. Participating businesses around town will be handing out cookies.
Dec. 3 & 4 – 32nd Annual Victorian Holiday Home Tour in Old North Knoxville. Tickets required. Doors open for tours of select homes in a variety of these styles, restored and decorated for the season. More info.
Dec. 4 – Knoxville Community Band performs holiday concert, free. Bijou Theatre. Traditional Christmas carols like “Joy to the World,” “O Come All Ye Faithful” and “O Holy Night,” popular songs like “All I Want for Christmas Is You” and a medley of Irving Berlin tunes. Free parking is available in all City-owned parking garages. More info.
Dec. 4 – Farragut Christmas Parade and Christmas Village Shopping, free. The event is organized by the Farragut Primary School teachers and runs from 2:30 – 6 p.m. Parade starts at 4 p.m. More info can be found here.
Dec. 4 – Symphony of the Mountains Holiday Concerts, $35 per adult with kids and students free. 3 p.m. at the McGlothlin Center for the Arts at Emory & Henry College in Emory, Va. Tickets (423) 392-8423 or visit symphonytix.com
Dec. 4 – Caring Santa at West Town Mall. private photo experience designed for children and young adults in need of a more sensory-friendly environment. Reservations are required and can be made here.
Dec. 4 – Townsend Christmas Parade. Free, 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at East Lamar Alexander Parkway in Townsend.
Dec. 4 – Alcoa/ Maryville Jaycee’s Christmas Parade, free. 11 a.m. in downtown Maryville. This year’s theme is “A White Winter Wonderland Christmas.”
Dec. 5 – City of Maryville Tree Lighting, free. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Maryville Parking Garage on Broadway. Community entertainment, refreshments, and Santa Claus
Dec. 9 – Dandridge Tree Lighting and Carols, free. 6 p.m. at downtown Dandridge Court House. Dandridge Elementary Choir to perform. Christmas Carolers 7 p.m., Dandridge First United Methodist Church performs around town.
Dec 9 & 10 – Museum of Appalachia 2022 Candlelight Christmas. Tickets required. 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. each night. More info. Storytelling, live nativity, music, and wagon rides.
Dec. 10 – Tour de Lights, free. This all-ages holiday bicycle ride, presented by Bike Walk Knoxville and Visit Knoxville, will begin at Suttree Landing Park and end at Market Square.
Dec. 10 – Oak Ridge Christmas Parade, free. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Theme is “Rocking Around the Christmas Tree.”
Dec. 10 – Seymour Community Christmas Parade, free. 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Dec. 10 – Smoky Mountain Christmas at the Museum – Little River Railroad and Lumber Company Museum. More detail to be released soon.
Dec. 16 to 18 – 36th Annual Clayton Holiday Concert. Tickets required. 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium. More info.
Dec. 17 – Dandridge Christmas Parade, free. 1 p.m. start time.
Dec. 31 – New Year’s Eve at the Sunsphere, free. Ring in the New Year with a fun, all-ages celebration on World’s Fair Park with a DJ, live band and ball drop at midnight.