Calendar of Events

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Gatlinburg Mountain Tough benefit concert

Category: Free event, Fundraisers and Music

This Saturday, December 17, East Tennessee’s Own WDVX is collaborating with Music City Roots in an effort to raise money for the needy affected by the November fires in Gatlinburg. WDVX plans to broadcast and webcast live from Gatlinburg during the “Mountain Tough” outdoor mini-festival benefit concert taking place at 705 Parkway to benefit the Sevier County Community Fund, an affiliate of the East Tennessee Foundation. The music starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday and goes into the night featuring Sam Bush, the Zac Brown Band, Scott Miller, Bill Mize, The Secret Sisters, RB Morris, Carl Anderson, Jim Lauderdale, Jason D. Williams, Chuck Mead, Chelle Rose and more.

The event is free and donations are welcome with 100% going to help families displaced by the fires. There will be many ways to donate during the fundraiser including online, text, in person and more. This event is supported by Ole Smoky Moonshine, Yee Haw Brewing Company and the Gatlinburg Convention and Visitors Bureau.

To make a contribution to the Sevier County Community Fund, visit Make checks payable to East Tennessee Foundation with “SCCP” in the memo line and mail to: East Tennessee Foundation, 520 W. Summit Hill Drive, Suite 1101, Knoxville, TN 37902.

WDVX listeners are encouraged to attend the event or tune in to the broadcast at 89.9, 102.9, or 93.9 and online at The station is a not-for-profit public broadcaster and a service of Cumberland Communities Communications Corporation.

The Hive: Carly Bannister Concert

  • December 17, 2016
  • 7:00-10:00PM

Category: Music

Carly Bannister Concert
Saturday, December 17, 7 - 10 pm
Carly has played at the Hive before & this December, she's returning!

There will be a $5 suggested donation at the door. Come hungry! Come thirsty! There will be refreshments for sale and some last minute Christmas gifts as well.
854 N Central St, Knoxville, TN 37917
Get excited and tell your friends! Invite them to the event via Facebook,

Smoky Mountain Storytellers Association: Christmas Tales of Long Ago

  • December 17, 2016
  • 7:00-9:00PM

Category: Festivals, special events and History, heritage

Christmas Tales of long ago and far away, presented by Smoky Mountain Storytellers Association on Dec. 17, Saturday, at 7-9 pm at Vienna Coffee House, 212 College Ave, Maryville, TN.
Coffee & Desserts available for sale.
Storytellers are Ruthie McIntyre, EmCee, Susan
Fulbright, Sheri Liles, Millie Sieber, and Kathleen Mavournin. For info, or call 865-429-1783.

Zoo Knoxville: Star Wars Holiday Event

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

Zoo Knoxville is hosting an out-of-this world holiday event with Star Wars characters from the MidSouth Garrison of the 501st Legion in the festively decorated and heated Kids Cove tent. Star Wars characters will be meeting guests and posing for holiday photos, including that jolly old Jedi Darth Vader, who will be appearing from 10:00 a.m. until noon. Activities also include an intergalactic craft.

The MidSouth Garrison of the 501st Legion is a worldwide Star Wars costuming organization comprised of and operated by Star Wars fans and the preferred Imperial costuming group of Lucasfilm Ltd, creator of the “Star Wars” film franchise. The Star Wars Holiday event is included with general zoo admission. Zoo Knoxville is currently offering buy one, get one free admission tickets during Kroger Bogo Days.

Zoo Knoxville, 3500 Knoxville Zoo Drive, Knoxville, TN 37914. Open every day except Christmas. Information: 865-637-5331,

R&M Tribute Entertainment: FREE Gospel Show

  • December 17, 2016

Category: Free event and Music

R&M Tribute Entertainment would like to invite you to join us on Saturday, December 17 at Christus Victor Lutheran Church (fellowship hall) for a FREE Gospel Show. Our special guests, Erin Ott will be performing southern gospel and D. J. Phillips and Ronnie Miller will be performing Elvis & traditional gospel as well as Christmas music.

Saturday, December 17
Christus Victor Lutheran Church (fellowship hall)
4110 Central Avenue Pike, Knoxville, TN
7:00 PM

ADMISSION -- FREE (Love offering)

If you have any questions please contact Missy at (865) 684-6082

Doors will open at 6:30 PM

We hope to see you at the show!

Missy Miller, Business Manager, R&M Tribute Entertainment, (865) 684-6082

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,

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).

Museum of Appalachia: Christmas in Old Appalachia

  • December 3, 2016 — December 24, 2016

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

Popcorn balls and paper chains… fruits and nuts in their stockings … carols by the fire... a cedar tree cut in the nearby woods- that’s the Christmas most rural Appalachian children knew. And it's the Christmas we recreate each year throughout the Museum village at our special.... Join us as we recreate a meaningful holiday of simpler times. Traditional trees and hand-made decorations, typical of austere pioneer days, transform the Museum’s authentic log buildings.

Wander through the village and marvel at the simple treasures of their settlement days. In the one-room, dirt-floored “Dan'l Boone” cabin, strings of popcorn and cotton bolls circle a dormant tree; Paper chains and other ornaments trim the tree in the Little Tater Valley Schoolhouse. Sweet gum and sycamore balls are strung throughout the Mark Twain Family Cabin, and a traditional silver star tops a native red cedar Christmas tree in the turn-of-the-century Peters Homestead House. Apples, nuts, homemade toys, and oranges fill stockings hung in the cabins. Pick up some stocking stuffers in the Museum Gift and Antique Shop, which features everything from hand-crafted ornaments, locally made muscadine and moonshine jellies, and beautiful pottery, along with baskets, quilts, and plenty of Appalachian specialties. Or just come and enjoy a homemade southern country lunch in front of the warm fireplace.

Museum of Appalachia, 2819 Andersonville Hwy., Clinton, TN 37716 (16 miles north of Knoxville at I-75, exit 122, then one mile east). Open every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas. Information: 865-494-7680,

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