Calendar of Events

Friday, December 16, 2016

Knoxville Choral Society: 30th Annual Clayton Holiday Concerts

  • December 16, 2016 — December 18, 2016

Category: Kids, family and Music

With the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, Knoxville Choral Society, Go! Contemporary Dance Works, and Special Guests

Friday, Dec. 16, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016 at 3:00 p.m.

At the Civic Auditorium. For ticket information - Knoxville Symphony Orchestra: 865-291-3310,

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra: Clayton Holiday Concert "A World of Joy"


Category: Dance, movement, Festivals, special events and Music

The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra presents the 30th Annual Clayton Holiday Concert on December 16, 17 & 18 at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium. Music Director Aram Demirjian conducts the Orchestra and special guests for “A World of Joy.” Children’s tickets start at just $8.50. There are four performances: Friday, Dec. 16 & Saturday, Dec. 17 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 17 and Sunday, Dec. 18 at 3:00 p.m. Musical selections include “Joy to the World,” “Go Tell it on the Mountain,” “I’ll be Home for Christmas,” “Carol of the Bells” and many other traditional holiday carols. The KSO will be joined by special guests Knoxville Choral Society, Go! Contemporary Dance Works, the Powell High School Singers, mezzo-soprano Allison Deady, and Santa Claus.

"As it is my first season as KSO Music Director, I'm ecstatic to conduct these holiday concerts," said Aram Demirjian. "By getting to program some fantastic pieces of music by Robert Wendel and Richard Rodgers, I hope to fill the auditorium with hope and joy for the holiday season. We've got classical pieces such as Leroy Anderson's Sleigh Ride, and music from the films Home Alone and Polar Express. The theme, "A World of Joy," will also provide plenty of traditional tunes for folks to hum along to, I hope. It is certainly a time of year to gather with loved ones and enjoy a magical live music experience with your Knoxville Symphony."

At the Civic Auditorium, 500 Howard Baker Jr Blvd, Knoxville, TN 37915. Tickets and information: 865-291-3310,

WDVX: Suzy Bogguss' Swingin' Little Christmas


Category: Kids, family and Music

WDVX presents Suzy Bogguss' Swingin' Little Christmas December 16 at The Standard, 416 W Jackson Ave. Knoxville, TN 37902. Doors open at 6:30PM and the show begins at 7:30PM.

Suzy Bogguss' Swingin' Little Christmas is a joyous, festive evening of traditional songs and spontaneity with one of country music's most pristine and evocative vocalists. With the release of the Illinois native's 1989 major label debut, Somewhere Between, Suzy quickly became one of the key artists that defined those golden days of '90s country. She scored a string of Top 10 singles with country radio staples like "Outbound Plane," "Drive South," "Hey Cinderella," "Letting Go" and "Aces," and her 1991 album of that name was certified platinum.

The musicianship showcased in Suzy's Christmas show is jaw-dropping, and her rich and fluid voice takes listeners through sentimental songs like: "I'll Be Home for Christmas" to her own raucous "Two Step Round The Christmas Tree." It's a fun-filled night of all the Christmas classics sprinkled with some of Suzy's hits through the years and select songs from her recent release, Lucky. The whole family will enjoy this Swingin' Little Christmas Show.

Tickets $25 in advance/ $30 day of show.
WDVX, 301 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-544-1029,

Tennessee Theatre: Kacey Musgraves

Category: Music

Two-time Grammy Award-winner Kacey Musgraves will be ringing in this holiday season by launching her very first Christmas headlining tour! Catch the country music sensation in Knoxville this holiday season!

At the Tennessee Theatre, 604 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. For information/tickets: 865-684-1200,

Church Street United Methodist Church: Gaudete!

  • December 16, 2016
  • 7:30 PM

Category: Music

Rejoice in the music of Advent and Christmas with the Tennessee Chamber Chorus. This ensemble of professional singers was founded in 2012 and is conducted by Dr. Alan Stevens. The Tennessee Chamber Chorus is dedicated to innovation and artistic excellence in choral music. Gaudete! includes well known Christmas carols and anthems as well as new works composed to celebrate the holiday season. Join the Tennessee Chamber Chorus for an unforgettable evening of music.

Dinner 6:15 pm ($15 reservation required)
Concert 7:30 pm (free and open to public)

Menu: Prime Rib, Roast Turkey, Benton's Country Ham, Mashed potatoes with Parsnips, Southern Sweet Potato Casserole, Green Bean and Butter Bean Salad, Fresh Baked Yeast Rolls, Cruze Valley Farm Buttermilk Biscuits, South Sweet Potato Pecan Pie, Pumpkin Cake. Make reservations for the dinner at 865-521-0278.

At Church Street United Methodist Church, 900 Henley at Main, Knoxville, TN 37902. 865.524.3048 or

Tour de Lights

  • December 16, 2016
  • 6-9 PM

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

In Market Square
*Free bike safety checks and judging for the decorating contest start at 6 p.m.

Join us for this fun, free bike parade through downtown, 4th & Gill and Old North Knoxville. Riders are encouraged to get creative with lights, costumes and decorations. The route is about 5 miles long and takes about an hour to ride at a casual pace. All streets will be completely closed for the event. Hot cocoa and treats are available thanks to Mast General Store and Three Rivers Market.

Knox Heritage: Adelia's Studio Revealed

  • December 16, 2016
  • 7 PM

Category: Fundraisers and History, heritage

Adelia Armstrong Lutz’s Studio is the crown jewel of Westwood. It's where Tennessee’s first professional female painter worked, displayed her paintings, inspired her students, hosted the Nicholson Art League and welcomed her closest circle of friends and family. Now her work is returning to the inspiring place where it was created. We invite you to be among the first to see her studio adorned once again with her life’s work and celebrate Knox Heritage’s efforts to restore Historic Westwood as the Center for Preservation Education and hear Knox County Historian Steve Cotham share the story of Adelia's legacy.

Tickets: $50 per person and can purchased by calling (865) 523-8008 or online at

Townsend Artisan Guild: Gallery Open House

Category: Exhibitions, visual art, Festivals, special events, Fine Crafts and Free event

The artwork has just been changed out, so there will be many new pieces for you to enjoy. You might even see an artist or two demonstrating their art work! We have our tree up at the Gallery with ornaments made by our artisans. Come by any time this month to check them out. They will be great on your tree or as a gift for someone.

The Townsend Artisan Guild Gallery, 7719 Lamar Alexander Parkway, Townsend, TN 37882. Hours: Wed-Sat 10-5, Sun 12-5. Information: 865-448-8018
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Circle Modern Dance: 25th Annual Modern Dance Primitive Light


Category: Dance, movement, Kids, family and Music

Thursday, December 15, 8:00pm
Friday, December 16, 7:00pm & 9:00pm
Saturday, December 17, 7:00pm & 9:00pm

Modern Dance Primitive Light (MDPL) conveys the warm inviting spirit of the holidays with respect to the diversity of our audience. Circle Modern Dance, voted Best Dance Company in the Mercury’s 2016 Top Knox Readers’ Poll, celebrates movement and creativity year after year, inviting audiences to connect with dancers, performance artists, and live musicians, immersed in the warm ambiance of the Laurel Theater. This performance is appropriate for all ages. Audience members are encouraged to bring pillows as seating is limited.

Tickets: For additional Information, please contact Circle Modern Dance at (865) 309-5309 or At the Historic Laurel Theater, 1538 Laurel Ave., Knoxville, TN 37916.

The Theatre Guild, Inc: Elf Jr. the Musical

  • December 9, 2016 — December 17, 2016

Category: Music and Theatre

This holiday musical based on the cherished New Line Cinema hit, Elf JR. features songs by Tony Award nominees Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin, with a book by Tony Award winners Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin. Buddy, a young orphan mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. The would-be elf is raised unaware that he is actually a human, until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity.

Friday December 9th at 7:00pm
Saturday December 10th at 2:00pm and at 7:00pm
Friday December 16th at 7:00pm
Saturday December 17th at 2:00pm and at 7:00pm

At First Presbyterian Church, 600 West Main St., Morristown, TN 37814
423.586.9260 or

River & Rail Theatre Company: The Unusual Tale of Joseph and Mary's Baby

Category: Music and Theatre

THIS DECEMBER, River & Rail Theatre Company will premiere a new original folk musical titled, The Unusual Tale of Mary & Joseph’s Baby. Written by Tennessee-based award winning recording artist Don Chaffer and NYC-based playwright Chris Cragin-Day. The Unusual Tale of Mary & Joseph’s Baby surprises virgin-believing and non-virgin-believing audiences alike, engaging this this oft-told story with a sincerity and humanity that bursts with imagination and wonder.

Performed at East Jackson Ave in the Old City, 111 East Jackson Ave, Knoxville, TN 37915. River & Rail Theatre Company, 100 S. Gay Street, Suite 106, Knoxville, TN 37902. Tickets & Information: 865-407-0727,

Oak Ridge Winter Farmers Market

  • December 3, 2016 — February 25, 2017

Category: Culinary arts, food, Festivals, special events, Free event and Science, nature

With a variety of local holiday and winter farmers' markets there are so many opportunities to continue eating seasonally, shopping locally, and supporting your local farmers, local artisans, and local craft producers. Grow Oak Ridge will open their new Oak Ridge Winter Farmers Market at St. Mary's School in Anderson County. With a bounty of local farms and producers in attendance, folks in Anderson County and the surrounding areas will have an indoor market to shop every Saturday, 10 AM - 1 PM (closed Dec. 24th & 31st).

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