Calendar of Events

Friday, December 2, 2022

Knoxville Children's Theatre: The Carol!

Category: Comedy, Kids, family and Theatre

Knoxville Children’s Theatre, in partnership with the Clayton Foundation will present the world premier live production of “The Carol!” This comedy is written by KCT Artistic Director, Steve Sherman. The play will be performed December 2nd through the 18th, Thursdays and Fridays at 7 PM, Saturdays at 1 PM and 5 PM, and Sundays at 3 and 6 PM. There will be school matinees on December 9th.

The entire family will enjoy this holiday comedy! A community theatre is trying to keep its head above water and when famous stage actor Sir Anthony Stewart is unable to play Scrooge in their annual production of A Christmas Carol, their technical director and house understudy has to step in. A farce that includes the guy who takes theatre a little too seriously, the girl who is always late, the guy who doesn’t prepare, the spoiled grandson of Sir Anthony, lots of teenage drama, and a major error by the new marketing person that throws everything into a tailspin. Ending with lots of Christmas joy, this show will be fun for everyone!

The play is performed by 18 talented young actors, from ages 10 to 18. The show is directed by KCT Artistic Director Steve Sherman. KCT is East Tennessee’s leading producer of plays for children and families.

Knoxville Children's Theatre, 109 E. Churchwell Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37917. Information: 865-208-3677,

Cherokee Caverns: Christmas in the Cave

  • December 2, 2022 — December 18, 2022

Category: Festivals, special events, Kids, family and Science, nature

8524 Oak Ridge Highway, Knoxville, TN 37931

Fridays 12/2/22, 12/9/22 & 12/16/22 5:00PM-8:00PM
Saturdays 12/3/22, 12/10/22 & 12/17/22 3:00PM-8:00PM
Sundays 12/4/22, 12/11/22 & 12/18/22 3:00PM-8:00PM

Admission: $12 ages 4 and up, free parking. Cash or credit cards accepted.

Come stroll through the underground winter wonderland, get your face painted, do some holiday crafts, and visit with Santa! (Wheelchair and stroller accessible.)

Appalachian Ballet Company: The Nutcracker

Category: Dance, movement, Kids, family and Music

The Nutcracker, Dec 2-4 at Civic Auditorium Knoxville and Dec 9-10 at Clayton Center for the Arts Maryville

Friday, December 2, 10:00am
School Matinée

Saturday, December 3, 7:00pm
Public Performance
Accompanied by Knoxville Symphony Orchestra

Sunday, December 4, 3:00pm
Public Performance

Friday, December 9, 7:00pm
Public Performance
Accompanied by Knoxville Symphony Orchestra

Saturday, December 10, 3:00pm
Public Performance


Gypsy Circus: Ullr Fest Knoxville

  • December 2, 2022 — December 4, 2022

Category: Culinary arts, food, Festivals, special events and Kids, family

Calling all snow fans, your festival is here! Ullr Festival celebrates the snow and everything the snow gives! Sport and competition, creating delicious mead and drink to be shared around a fire, and more. Featuring live music, giant turkey legs, special meads, tarot readings and more! Ullr Fest is December 2-4 at Barrelhouse by Gypsy Circus in Knoxville, and Gypsy Circus Cider Company in Kingport. All ages welcome and free to attend but some activities require a fee or purchase!

Historic Ramsey House: Christmas Candlelight Tour

Category: Festivals, special events, History, heritage and Kids, family

6:30pm - 9:30pm

Join Historic Ramsey House for this special holiday tradition! At this annual event, enjoy a tour of Historic Ramsey House, decorated with fresh greenery and candles. Visit with our blacksmith in the Blacksmith Shop while you enjoy holiday treats, hot cider, and a warm bonfire (weather permitting)! Reenactors in period dress will greet tours every 15 minutes. Take a leap back int time at our working blacksmith forge and learn about this time honored tradition!

Tickets are $15 per adult and $13 for children 5-17. Children 5 and under are free. Historic Ramsey House members receive $2 off per ticket!

Reservations are required in advance. Click here to register!

Historic Ramsey House, 2614 Thorngrove Pike, Knoxville, TN 37914. Information: 865-546-0745,

Ijams Nature Center: Prowl for Owls

Category: Kids, family and Science, nature

(Ages 6+) Whooo's ready to meet Ijams owl ambassadors before heading out on the trails after dark? You'll learn about owls, then prowl for barred, screech and great horned owls, practice owl calls and more from 5:30-7 p.m. Dec. 2, 3 and 16!

Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Ave, Knoxville, TN 37920. Visitor Center open daily 10-6; grounds and trails open daily from 8 AM - dusk. Information: 865-577-4717,

City of Knoxville: WIVK Christmas Parade

  • December 2, 2022

Category: Dance, movement, Festivals, special events, Free event, Kids, family and Music

The 49th Annual WIVK Christmas Parade is scheduled for Friday, December 2, 2022 in Downtown Knoxville at 7:00pm.

WDVX: Taps & Tunes on the Corner with Mac Comer

Category: Free event, Kids, family and Music

Host Evie Andrus & the Friday friends with guest Mac Comer
Start your First Friday fun with WDVX & Visit Knoxville with a free show at 6pm

301 S. Gay Street
Knoxville, TN 37902
Tel: 865-544-1029

Light Up Lakeshore Park

  • November 27, 2022 — January 2, 2023

Category: Festivals, special events, Free event and Kids, family

At Lakeshore Park, 5930 Lyons View Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919
Recurring daily

Join Lakeshore Park Conservancy for Operation: Light Up Lakeshore’s Holiday Event! The Conservancy will be hosting a celebration on the HGTV Overlook to kick off the season and light up the Park!

City of Knoxville: Holidays on Ice

  • November 25, 2022 — January 8, 2023

Category: Festivals, special events and Kids, family

Whether with family, friends or on a date you'll love skating in the heart of Downtown Knoxville in Market Square! More information available at

Enjoy skating under the stars and twinkling lights while listening to music every night.

Zoo Knoxville: Zoo Lights

Category: Festivals, special events, Kids, family and Science, nature

Welcome to a Winter Wonderland

Gather your family, friends and neighbors for Knoxville’s wildest light spectacular! Zoo Lights is back for a third year—bigger and brighter than ever, starting on Black Friday!

Wednesday - Sunday Evenings, 5:00 - 8:30 PM
November 25 - January 8

All NEW life-sized animal lanterns, festive holiday beverages for all ages, an enchanting lantern scavenger hunt and so much more!
Adult Tickets: $24
Kids (Ages 3 - 12): $18
Members get $4 OFF

The perfect gift! Share the brilliant holiday extravaganza with the ones you love.

Renew your Zoo Membership to enjoy all of the special perks that come with it.
Kids can chug along the Polar Express Train and see the twinkling lights while adults sip holiday beverages by the tracks.

The Magical Flying Sleigh Zipline is new this year! With additional purchase, attendees can soar above the treetops and see the mesmerizing lights from Santa’s perspective.

Zoo Knoxville, 3500 Knoxville Zoo Drive, Knoxville, TN 37914. Information: 865-637-5331,

Three Rivers Rambler: Christmas Lantern Express

  • November 25, 2022 — December 23, 2022

Category: Festivals, special events and Kids, family

Climb onboard the "Christmas Lantern Express" and be a part of this beloved Knoxville tradition. Enjoy festive decorations, holiday treats, storytime with celebrity readers and a special visit with Santa.

Trips last roughly 2 hours and boarding starts 20 minutes before departure time.

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